• Jan 4, 2008
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Audi has already publicly revealed it will be showing two vehicles at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. One it called a "stunning" concept car and the other is a new production car making its world debut. One of the two cars will reportedly be an Audi R8 powered by the brand's V12 TDI diesel engine, this according to German mag Auto Motor und Sport. While the R8 TDI is likely destined for production, it's probably not the production car that Audi will debut in Detroit. If it's the "stunning" concept, consider us stunned. The car is projected to have around 500bhp/738 ft-lbs of torque, accelerate to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds and return 28 mpg, presumably on the highway. That's truly outstanding fuel economy for a supercar, though Corvettes are known to get above 30 mpg while lazily cruising this nation's highways, as well. That said, the equally as powerful 2008 Corvette Z06 is rated by the EPA as 15 city/25 highway mpg. Back to the R8 TDI, Auto Express also reports that since the V12 TDI is much larger than the standard car's 4.2L V8, it will gobble up all available luggage space just to fit. The R8 TDI's appearance in Detroit certainly isn't confirmed by Audi yet, so we'll have to wait until January 13th to see exactly what the German automaker brought to town. We think, however, that it is a safe bet.

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport via Carscoop, Auto Express]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      HOL-E-CRAP

      This is pure bliss to a diesel whore like myself.

      To all the neigh-sayers of diesel who are bound to leave a comment: Don't say anything unless you've actually driven a modern diesel car. A tiny 1.6L diesel feels like a gas 3.5L V6 so a V12 TDI must feel like...

      TORQUE!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was hoping they would do this!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      oh. i understand. i guess that's why a BB chev nova sounded like the school bus i used to ride on. i wouldn't drive a car that sounds like a school bus.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Zamafir,

      You can't wait for this car's "mountains upon mountains of torque"? You are saying that you have never-before driven a car equipped with a transmission?
      • 7 Years Ago
      horsepower sells cars, torque moves them
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually, powerband -height and -width moves cars. Torque comes from transmissions, and is therefore an irrelevant engine measurement.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Awesome. This is probably the closest one can experience this magnificent oil burner. The most fun part would be pulling up into gas station next to a diesel pump and start filling this thing up.

      As for the guy who "drove" R8 - OK, maybe you have, but to claim the R8 is underpowered - I don't know pal....R8 just got a Car of the Year Award , so yeah, all those automotive journalists are morons right? Me thinks that you are talking out of your ass.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Adding to the list of people who've spent serious time with the R8 on the track, not just read magazines..."

        Yeah, and I am Derek Bell.

        I am too lazy to respond to your eloquent troll... BTW, I am well aware of the "Right out of the box supercar package" that made R8 the Automobile of the Year. And yes, I just finished reading about it in the magazine.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Adding to the list of people who've spent serious time with the R8 on the track, not just read magazines, I'll confirm the car does NOT have the surge of power other cars have, like the 911, or 911 turbo, or Z06. The R8 has achieved so much acclaim because it's a fantastic complete package, not because it's the fastest thing to sixty. That's what the current car lacks. Being able to be honest, I can say that without risking the utterly sublime character and astounding achievement that the R8 is. It's awesome, unbelievably deft and trackable, unbelievably easy to drive and to enjoy, but it's not as fast as many of it's competitors in terms of off the line acceleration. It doesn’t feel any faster off the line then an RS4 or heck even an S5, partially because it's such a sublime and balanced machine.

        next time, if you'd be kind enough to read comments a little less jadedly and realize people who love things can also be critical of their flaws as opposed to unabashedly ignorant to them, things might make a bit more sense, concluding paragraphs of every R8 car of the year award which mention it's the best balanced package and easiest around the track but make no mention of earth shattering acceleration might make a bit more sense, and maybe, just maybe, the responses of people who've actually DRIVEN the car will make a bit more sense to you.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ''but to claim the R8 is underpowered - I don't know pal....R8 just got a Car of the Year Award''
        As did the Toyota Aygo in 2005, so that must be super fast too right?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a fantastic decision. The car was already refined and a superb package overall. It will now have a racing derived and Le Mans winning engine. How many of its competitors could claim this, brilliant cars that they may well be?

      I found the Ferrari and diesels comment laughable. Ferrari last won at Le Mans in 1965 when Jochen Rindt drove a 250 LM to victory. Since then their major concentration has been on Formula 1, NOT on endurance racing. But then, someone who doesn't know that is hardly likely to have kept up with advances in diesel tech over the past four decades.

      It is upto the individual whether he/she likes or does not like a car and then it is the concerned person's previlege to vote with his/her checkbook. What's the wager that the combination of the R8 with the V 12 diesel would be a huge hit? Heck, if I manage to retire by the time they are sold and if all goes well, I would buy one myself.

      • 7 Years Ago
      The V12 diesel stuff is hog wash. If they couldn't keep a V10 TT from catching on fire, how the hell would they keep this monster cool? (If it existed). All my Audi sources have said the car at NAIAS will be a N/A V10.

      I've also driven the R8 several times. All these peopl ecomplaining its quiet have no idea what they are talkign about. Yes, its quiet while you're cruising. But, the instant you lay into the gas, it roars. Louder than any modern day Vette or 911 I've ever been in.

      Motor Trend got a 0-60 of 3.9 seconds, and a mid-12 sec quarter mile. This is slow? Not to me or any of the passengers I've had with me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i would bet a modern V-12 TDI rejects less heat than a V-10 gasoline engine. the last gen TDI would hardly warm up at idle. it is a very efficient engine.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i guess those who give those comments have no idea how quick 4sec 0-60 is. I've got a WRX 7 (not STI) and I find that incredibly quick compared to most other cars and it fits into my life perfectly. I applaud Audi's decision to go diesel. It really is the future.
        • 7 Years Ago
        While you are correct about the efficiency of the modern diesel, its still a HUGE engine with two large turbos. I saw it in the Q7 V12 at NAIAS, and it barely fit in that engine bay.

        Mark my words folks, N/A V10 at NAIAS 08
      • 7 Years Ago
      Neat! But I'm not liking losing my luggage space. What if I wanted to take spend a weekend at my get-away McMansion with my supermodel girlfriend? The International Playboys will not like that.

        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm surprised you even have to ask: Jeeves drives the luggage to the chalet earlier that day. Conversely, you could keep the mansion fully stocked.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who's 4.2 sec figure is that? Surely not Audi's since they haven't announced the car or specs yet. The current A8 4.2 has been clocked at 4.0 sec flat to 60 by multiple sources so this car has to be in the low to mid threes for the same meaasurement. It will be a fast car and if it resembles anything like their championship winning R10 racecar - sign me up! (After I win the lottery)
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