We have total faith in Audi’s ability to engineer an oil-burning uber-engine after watching one of its two R10 TDi racers set a new track record at Sebring during qualifying last weekend and take the checkered flag after 12 hours of endurance racing. Hopefully the trickle down theory of motorsports technology will be in effect when Audi makes its Q7 sport ute available with a diesel engine in the U.S. by 2008.
In addition to the hybrid Q7 we’ve already been promised, the diesel-powered version will feature a 3.0L V6 TDi that generates 230 hp and 369 ft-lbs. of torque. Audi’s engine has already met emissions standards in 45 states, but five remain to reach before the company says it will release the engine in this market. California, which has the strictest emissions standards, accounts for 40-percent of Audi’s sales, so don’t expect to be burning oil in your Q7 until the Golden State’s been satisfied.

[Source: Ward's Auto]


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