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    Senior Member Two Rings
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    2016 Audi Q5 Premium Plus 3.0L Cat Scale Weight

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    Just an FYI for others as I just went to the cat scales in Jessup, MD to have my car weighed and the information is found below:

    Weight 1 - Full Gas, about 5 pounds of personal stuff in car, no driver:
    Front Axle = 2420 lbs
    Rear Axle = 2100 lbs
    Total Weight = 4520 lbs

    Weight 2 - Full Gas, about 5 pounds of personal stuff in car, Me in Driver seat (200lbs):
    Front Axle = 2520 lbs
    Rear Axle = 2200 lbs
    Total Weight = 4720 lbs

    Looking at the label on my driver side door, it shows:
    Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) = 5655
    Front Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) = 2866 lbs
    Rear Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) = 2976 lbs
    Payload Capacity = 1047

    Some Notes:
    • Based on axle ratings I have a hypothetical rating of 5842lbs. So something else is lowering my GVWR (not the axle ratings) and not the load based on the tires or wheels. Most like suspension, but I'm not sure.
    • Being 200lbs, I'm surprised that weight in the driver seat weighed down the front and rear axles exactly 50% (100lbs each).
    • Left over total payload with me in the car is 935lbs.
    • Left over Axle weight with me in car is 346 lbs on front axle and 776 lbs on rear axle.
    • Based on seeing the axle ratings, I can somewhat understand why a weight distribution hitch might not be necessary as our tongue rating is 440lbs. Additionally, a unibody frame like ours is not built for a WDH as well.


    Figured I'd put this out there as I couldn't find exact weight ratings for our cars and since I'll be buying some toys soon, I needed this information and thought it would help others.
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    Thanks so much for sharing this! Always outstanding to have great information like this for reference.
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    2016 Audi Q5 Premium Plus 3.0L Cat Scale Weight

    GVWR (gross vehicle weight RATING) is the *maximum* operating weight/mass of a vehicle as specified by the manufacturer including the vehicle's chassis, body, engine, engine fluids, fuel, accessories, driver, passengers and cargo but excluding that of any trailers. Itís common for actual/measured vehicle weight (aka GVW) to be less than GVWR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kellin View Post
    GVWR (gross vehicle weight RATING) is the *maximum* operating weight/mass of a vehicle as specified by the manufacturer including the vehicle's chassis, body, engine, engine fluids, fuel, accessories, driver, passengers and cargo but excluding that of any trailers. Itís common for actual/measured vehicle weight (aka GVW) to be less than GVWR.
    No issue with GVW being less then GVWR. Was just pointing out that the axles arent the point lowering the GVWR as combined, they have a higher ratig then gvwr

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    Senior Member Three Rings Perry01's Avatar
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    This is good info. I didnít realize that the 3.0 weighs almost 400 pounds more than a 2.0T with almost all of it on or in front of the front axle.

    My 2.0T Premium Plus tipped the scales at 2110 front axle and 2020 rear axle with a full tank of gas for a total of 4130 lbs.
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    Senior Member Two Rings
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perry01 View Post
    This is good info. I didnít realize that the 3.0 weighs almost 400 pounds more than a 2.0T with almost all of it on or in front of the front axle.

    My 2.0T Premium Plus tipped the scales at 2110 front axle and 2020 rear axle with a full tank of gas for a total of 4130 lbs.
    Perry,

    What weight ratings (GVWR, payload, GAWR) do you have on your car,

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    What do you mean by left over axle / right over axle weights? Can we derive corner weights from this?

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    Established Member Three Rings MSq5's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perry01 View Post
    This is good info. I didnít realize that the 3.0 weighs almost 400 pounds more than a 2.0T with almost all of it on or in front of the front axle.

    My 2.0T Premium Plus tipped the scales at 2110 front axle and 2020 rear axle with a full tank of gas for a total of 4130 lbs.
    Two more cylinders, the supercharger system (heavier than a turbo) twice as many exhaust manifolds, downpipes and cats will do that. But, it can make impressive power with just a tune and pulley.
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    Senior Member Two Rings
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    Quote Originally Posted by stapan View Post
    What do you mean by left over axle / right over axle weights? Can we derive corner weights from this?
    What I mean is that in addition to GVWR, our cars have Axles ratings for both front and back. Those weight limits are defined on a sticker found on the driver side door.

    Based on the CAT Scale weights for my front and rear axles, I subtracted those numbers from the Axle limits on the front and back to get 346 lbs on front axle left until i reach the max and 776 lbs on rear axle.
    2016 Q5 3.0T GIAC Stage 2, a bunch of external, internal, and VAGCOM mods.



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