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Click above for high-res gallery of the R8 V12 TDI Le Mans

When we heard that there was a 50/50 chance Audi would be offering a production version of its R8 V12 TDI LeMans concept, our interest was piqued. The thought of 737 pound-feet of torque rippling the pavement behind the mid-engined R8 supercar will, unfortunately, remain but a fleeting fantasy in our power-hungry dreams. According to Michael Dick, Audi's head of production, the V12 TDI is not slated for production. That's the bad news... the good news, though, is that there is a coming diesel engine option in the form of Audi's 90 degree 4.2-liter TDI V8. In the Q7 SUV, that engine produces 326 horsepower with torque registering in at 550 pound-feet. While it's no V12, we'll happily take whatever oil burner Audi wants to throw our way. Thanks for the tip, Christian!

[Source: GT Spirit via German Car Blog]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      They just say that to sell their less powerful R8-variants. And at the end, they reveal the V12 TDI at the New York Auto Show 2010!

      Don't take my hopes, or I would jump out of my window immediatly!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I believe. I'm with you. We can jump together.

        (Audi I'm begging you for the V12 TDI!!!!)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would love that!
      • 7 Years Ago
      not like anyone reading this site could afford either...
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      • 7 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it be cool if they called it the R10, a la the lemans TDI cars?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Realize this could mean the price could be about the same as the current R8. I was hearing the V12 diesel could be as much as $50, 75k more than the current R8 due to all the extra work.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Me thinks thou doth complain too much ;)... 550lb-ft. of torque will easily waste a set of perfectly good rubberbands in a matter of moments.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It isnt as "supercar" because the 8 wont be as exotic as the 12 but this way they get to keep luggage space and even better gas mileage. Yay!...? I cant imagine it making less then 350hp but asking for the diesel to make 100hp/liter would be quite dramatic.
        • 7 Years Ago
        not as dramatic as you think. VW already has a 2 litter 4 cyl kicking out 170hp, BMW has also a 4cyl 2L kicking out 177hp or 88.5hp/L.
        Audi's "performance" diesel with 326hp for 4.2L has a measly 77.6hp/L, hardly "performance" if you ask me.
        I am confident however that they will get the engine roar that this needs with absolutely zerp fumes on the exhaust.
        I want to be able to trash this oil burner without anybody seeing any smoke other than from my tires'
        • 7 Years Ago
        BMW already has 4 cyl. 2.0 l diesel pushing 204 hp and 400 Nm - 123d ftw :D
      • 7 Years Ago
      So it the V 12 tdi going to be a Bentley motor as some rumors have suggested, or is it going to be restricted to the Q7?

      The V8 could be a superb engine for the R8 as it would offer significantly better fuel efficiency than the V 12 in this car and it would be a fantastic performer as well.

      Very interesting and thanks for the news!