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The Audi S lineup is not a world filled with many choices. Sure, you can pick your poison in terms of which S vehicle you want, but you do not have a say in which engine is mounted under the hood. However, it seems the upcoming Audi S6 and S7 might be poised to break with that tradition.

Rumor has it that the more athletic versions of the A6 and A7 will be offered with a choice of engines. The standard engine for both cars is slated to be a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with around 450 horsepower, but Audi is reportedly going to offer up a diesel, as well, marking the first time such an engine has been offered with an S-branded vehicle. This 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 should be good for 300 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque.

*Update: Apparently, this one is too good to be true – kind of. The cars will be available with the diesel lumps, but the badging will keep the A and not wear an S. Regardless, we're excited to see more sporty diesels arrive stateside.


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      zamafir
      • 3 Years Ago
      Makes a ton of sense. Diesel is luxury in Europe, Europe is Audi's biggest market still, Europe is where Audi races most of their Diesel sportscars, why not (finally) provide Europeans with performance oriented TDIs. Though... as most have indicated here, give them the 4.0/4.2 TDI instead of the 3.0. If you're going to pull a page out of AMG's prodigious Torque book, at least give them prodigious torque :D.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Makes some sense, since Audi's efforts in LeMans LMP1 are basically free advertising for a performance V6 diesel. I'd like it in the A5 tho...
        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        V6 diesel? I say strip out the R8 and replace a lot of parts with carbon fiber, then drop in the 3.7L V6 TDI engine from the R18 (550hp!). Then watch it proceed to beat a lot of other supercars.
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is excellent! Since TDIs are Torque-Monsters, they would be perfect for an S-Line Audi
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweet! Too bad I can't afford an Audi S7. :(
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      Brilliant decision if it's true. The huge torque of a diesel is perfect for a performance car, and today's diesels are really no heavier than a petrol engine either. Add in the inherent fuel economy, though I'm sure that will be downplayed in favor of the performance, this is a win-win situation. Adding a diesel at the high-end of their lineup will go a long way towards overcoming the idiotic stigma that many Americans feel towards diesels.
        graphikzking
        • 3 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        What's different between this and the 335D? The 335 diesel is like 270hp and 425 torque so right in this same area. It's also lighter than any of these audi's. Diesel: 5.9 and 14.1 quarter. 28 mpg observed (Motortrend long term test) Gas: 5.3 and 13.5 21mpg observed. (magazine test so should be better over long term) 33% better fuel economy but performance not as good and diesel costs more. I'd love to see them offer 2 different diesel options. A detuned 30mpg and a sport tuned 24mpg. Have same performance as the 335 and still get 25% better fuel economy.
      mkM3
      • 3 Years Ago
      I honestly doubt this will happen. Sure, a 300hp diesel option is likely for the A6 and A7 at some point, but to call badge them as S models? I just don't buy it.
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      (Obscenity). The only diesel they could put in an S car as far as I'm concerned is a twin turbo V12 or V8 diesel.
      Tall Tex
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would this likely be a programming tweak to the existing 3.0L TDI to acheive these numbers? Drool worthy IMO, now to convince the wife she needs a S6 as a DD if this comes stateside...