If you're in the market for a new car and diesel's among the options you'd consider, your local Audi showroom should be among your first destinations. The German automaker has made burning oil a cause célèbre right up there with Quattro all-wheel drive, but it's not about to sit on its proverbial laurels and let the competition catch up. To that end, Audi has just announced its most powerful V6 TDI yet.

Called the BiTDI, the 3.0-liter, six-cylinder twin-turbo-diesel packs 313 metric horsepower (309hp on our scale) and a whopping 480 pound-feet of torque. It's being rolled out initially in the UK on the A6 (sedan, Avant wagon and Allroad high-rider) and A7 Sportback, but we're told to expect its arrival soon as an option on the Q7 crossover.

In the A6 sedan, the BiTDI is said to be good for a 5.1-second dash to 62 mph, with top speed (as per usual) limited to 155 mph while returning a 44.1 mph rating on the combined UK cycle. But if that's not full enough a package for you, Audi has also fitted a sound actuator to give its throaty new diesel the exhaust note you'd expect from a hi-po gasoline engine. But you don't have to take our word for it – just click through the jump to listen to a sound file of the new engine, as well as read the official press release.

The new 3.0 BiTDI engine
by Audi UK
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The most potent Audi V6 TDI ever to enter production powers executive class Audi models to 62mph in a fraction over five seconds and returns up to 44.1mpg

- Advanced new biturbo TDI engine heads diesel line-up in A6 Saloon, Avant, allroad quattro and A7 Sportback ranges – OTR prices from £43,810
- Available now in A6 Saloon and Avant and A7 Sportback, and later in 2012 in A6 allroad – first deliveries in spring
- 313PS from 3,900-4,500rpm, 650Nm from 1,450 to 2,800rpm
- A6 Saloon 3.0 BiTDI quattro – 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds, governed 155mph top speed, combined MPG 44.1, CO2 169g/km
- Sound actuator in exhaust system accompanies remarkable performance with sports car exhaust note

Knockout punch in a velvet glove comes courtesy of a formidable new 313PS Audi biturbo TDI engine, which is now available for A6 Saloon and Avant and A7 Sportback models. The new twin-turbo V6 is notable not only for being the most powerful six-cylinder diesel engine ever offered by the Vorsprung durch Technik brand, but also the sweetest-sounding. Available now in A6 models priced from £43,810 OTR, and from £51,645 OTR in the A7 Sportback, it combines trademark Audi TDI refinement with an exhaust-mounted sound actuator that enables it to deliver its mighty 650Nm output to the tune of a distinctly sporting soundtrack.

Slotting in above the single-turbo 204PS and 245PS versions of the 3.0 TDI that already feature in the A6 and A7 Sportback ranges, the latest V6 has a two-stage turbocharger group that delivers a maximum boost pressure of up to 3.2 bar, helping the A6 3.0 BiTDI quattro Saloon to lunge at the horizon and pass the 62mph marker in as little as 5.1 seconds, and the A6 Avant and A7 Sportback to do the same in just 5.3 seconds. An electronically limited top speed of 155mph is common to all versions.

Like the existing TDI engines, the new star performer is backed up by technologies from the Audi modular efficiency platform, including start-stop and recuperation systems and the innovative thermal management system that quickly brings the coolant and oil up to their operating temperatures. With their help, combined economy in A6 and A7 Sportback models is on an equal footing at 44.1mpg – an impressive figure given the high outputs and low acceleration times involved.

Sound actuator

Thanks to an innovative actuator in the auxiliary channel of the exhaust system, the BiTDI A6 and A7 Sportback models don't sound like they should be capable of such level-headed economy figures. The actuator system essentially consists of a speaker which imposes a defined oscillation pattern on the exhaust flow and transforms the typical TDI exhaust note into a more sonorous roar that is closer to the output of a high-performance petrol engine.

Without exception, power is transmitted from the BiTDI engine via an eight-speed tiptronic transmission to the latest generation quattro all-wheel-drive system, which features a self-locking centre differential and torque vectoring for optimum traction and stability. A sport differential which distributes power in continuously variable proportions between the rear wheels is available from the options list to sharpen and quicken response even further.

The mighty new BiTDI engine is available in conjunction with SE and S line specification in the A6 Saloon, A6 Avant and A7 Sportback. The forthcoming A6 allroad quattro, due to open for order in February, will also offer this exceptional unit.

Stand-out features common to all these models include satellite navigation linked to a 6.5-inch retractable colour monitor, Milano leather upholstery, the Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system controlling throttle response, transmission shift points and steering feel, the Audi parking system plus, light and rain sensors, cruise control and keyless go push-button engine ignition.


A6 Saloon 3.0 BiTDI quattro SE 313 8 sp Tiptronic 169 44.1 £43,810
A6 Saloon 3.0 BiTDI quattro S line 313 8 sp Tiptronic 169 44.1 £46,160
A6 Avant 3.0 BiTDI quattro SE 313 8 sp Tiptronic 169 44.1 £45,650
A6 Avant 3.0 BiTDI quattro S line 313 8 sp Tiptronic 169 44.1 £48,000
A7 3.0 BiTDI quattro SE 313 8 sp Tiptronic 169 44.1 £51,645
A7 3.0 BiTDI quattro S line 313 8 sp Tiptronic 169 44.1 £53,435

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      • 3 Years Ago
      As a diesel fanatic, I'm glad Audi is investing heavily in this new engine...I hope it goes to the A6 and A8 too. A smaller diesel should be available for the A4 and Q5!
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want to see a diesel A4, A5, and Q5 in the U.S., before I will give a damn about this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This isn't a new engine. Its the same motor from the Audi Q7 and VW Touareg. All they did was boost up the Turbo PSI and change some internals. Its a fantastic engine. For someone to call it a terrible engine is just idiotic. Why is it a terrible engine if I may ask out of curiosity? The Sound generator actually sounds good.have your driven a VW GTI and VW GLI? The GLI has the sound generator and it makes that 2.0T sound pretty close to the 2.5L. Not so much from the exhaust, I think they just changed the resonator in the air intake to be raspier. Its actually a good sound. Not too loud, not to quiet....just perfect for when you give it the full beans on the throttle that people will say "damn that's nice".
        • 3 Years Ago
        Actually, the sound generator on the 2.0T is just a boost pipe to the firewall. The sound generators on this engine are speakers in the mufflers. No, really.
      Cool people
      • 3 Years Ago
      Impressive ! Hope VW gets it, too. TWIN turbo the world!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope this bi-turbo 3.0 diesel comes to the USA.
      • 3 Years Ago
      damn it almost sounds like a V8!
      • 3 Years Ago
      YES!!! And it was just a few days ago I was pining for the new BMW M-diesel engines that broke in the news lately, but won't (at least as written in the article) be coming to the US. It's not 375 HP and 545 ft-lbs like the M's, but it should have enough grunt to suffice (I was whining about missing my 350 HP/600 ft-lbs flashed V10 TDI Touareg), especially if a simple flash can bump the HP to 350 or so... If Audi offers this in the Q7 over here, maybe VAG would make it an option on the Touareg as well?? Either way this is good news. Trading the new but completely anemic 4Runner in 2013 for a 2014 Q7...Sign me up!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Imagine if they dropped this baby into the bluesport. It wouldn't really compete with the mx-5 and ft-86 but it would be a heck of a lot of fun.
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Andre Lavoie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't the term "metric horsepower" an oxymoron? I thought the Watt was the metric unit for power and Horsepower the imperial unit.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like a fun motor, if only we could get it in America. Oh, maybe a S-Line A5 version with the motor would be some fun.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want this engine in an Audi abroad so I can have the manlyest vehicle ever made (next to the v10 tdi toureg)
        • 3 Years Ago
          • 3 Years Ago
          So how, exactly, does a powerful mid-size SUV with a 5.0L engine (smaller than some V8's) give you that idea?? Unless fantasizing about genitalia on a car blog is your thing... I hope you and your massive package have a blast in your civic hybrid!
          anonymous guy
          • 3 Years Ago
          That was very rude, Dr. Strangelove. Phillip just might be hung like an army pack mule.
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