• Jan 10, 2008
Audi's having a spot of trouble keeping a lid on things ahead of the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. First the TT-S photos were leaked to Spanish website Motorpasion, and today we see video of the R8 V12 TDI concept has been posted on a Russian site. The Detroit-bound car is said to make 500 horsepower and 737 lb-ft (1000 Nm) of torque while boasting fuel economy of over 23 US mpg (10 liters per 100 km). Zero-to-sixty reportedly takes 4.2 seconds and the car should have a top end of 300 km/h, or around 186 mph. Want one? According to Auto Tuning News, a production version is likely in mid-2009. Save those pennies, kids. Detroit's just days away, and we'll get the full story on the TDI R8 as soon as Audi releases the goods. In the meantime, check out the video (it's all studio stuff with the car static against a plain backdrop) after the jump. Thanks for the tip, Oldenburger!

[Sources: Auto Tuning News, YouTube]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Two words: Bad. Ass.

      Run biodiesel in it and save the world at 300 km/h!
        • 7 Years Ago
        The crazy part is I was thinking that exact thing! I would leave every place in the province smelling of french fries in no time!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The only question left unanswered is if this will burst into flames like the R10
      or not
      o_O
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's just incredible!!! It's like your own personal Audi Diedel R10 for the road! Sick!!!

      Though I like seeing this stuff prior to show launches, if Audi really wants to keep a lid on it's premiers, they need a better marketing group that dosne't allow the marketing videos and pictures to be leaked!

      Great snag by the Russian website!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Wolverine Audi... very cool.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If one could reverse-engineer an Imperial TIE-Fighter...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. I love audi builds cars like this just to offer fans of LeMans a kinda road going interpetation of the R10. Its not a huge shock, the moment the R8 was released most hoped/knew that car could swallow the V12 TDI.

      I can't wait to drive it!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder how much this R8 diesel weighs, with that engine.
      Carlos
      • 7 Years Ago
      So now I'm not so very impressed. I was envisioning this car to get at least 25 mpg in the highway, a gasoline Corvette can get more than that. It also doesn't sound like a bus, I am very disappointed in this car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        you have been corrected once and ignored it, 23 mpg average! not highway, it will be more, as a guess it will be in the 30 ish bracket, comparible but less than the big A8 diesels.
        Carlos
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Too bad this car doesn't do 200mph and the Corvette still gets better gas mileage.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        I think when Audi claims this car can achieve 23mpg, it means the average fuel consumption.

        I don't think any other 200mph supercars can achieve anywhere near this figure (average 23mpg).

      • 7 Years Ago
      Congrats Audi on making a Diesel car that uses as much oil as a Chevy Tahoe (2WD). This is clearly the pinnacle of Diesel technology.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it just me or is there no sound in the video?
        • 7 Years Ago
        No no, the engine is actually running. Is THAT quiet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd like that engine hacked into a V6 and put in my A4. 368 ft-lb of torque! Giggidy!
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