Diesels are typically slower than their gasoline counterparts, but leave it to Audi to turn that notion on its head. After dominating Le Mans and the international endurance racing scene under diesel power for the better part of a decade, the German automaker toyed with the idea of an oil-burning R8 for the road and ultimately made its first performance crossover a diesel. It's made the letters TDI a battle cry, and now it's yelling even louder with the RS5 TDI concept.

Set to be unveiled in a couple of days at the Leipzig Auto Show to celebrate 25 years of the TDI engine, the concept ditches the gasoline-burning 4.2-liter V8 in the production RS5 in favor of a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo-diesel with an electric supercharger added on to combat turbo lag. Output comes in at 385 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, which means that while it has 65 fewer horses than the gasoline model, it packs a staggering 236 lb-ft more torque.

The result of the triple-charged madness is a 0-62 time around four seconds flat, trumping the 4.6 seconds for the road-going model. Top speed, of course, is electronically limited to 155 miles per hour, which is a bit of a shame because we bet it'd be a kick to pass a Porsche on the Autobahn in a diesel, now wouldn't it?


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 28 Comments
      J
      • 7 Months Ago
      twincharged is two forms of forced induction, wouldn't triple charged be three forms of forced induction? Misleading.
      DMON27
      • 7 Months Ago
      Yeah, yeah,yeah, just release a TDI Quattro A3 or A4 in Canada, then I'd be impressed.
      Ted
      • 7 Months Ago
      That thing is Fugly
      Justin Ooms
      • 7 Months Ago
      It may pass a Porsche on the Autobahn, but it sure won't out-handle it. Audis are trainwrecks waiting to happen
        mr.vw
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Justin Ooms
        trainwrecks how? motor in the front ;)
      Ted
      • 7 Months Ago
      That thing is Fugly
      Ted
      • 7 Months Ago
      That thing is Fugly
      mitytitywhitey
      • 7 Months Ago
      Build It.
      AronD
      • 7 Months Ago
      Three turbo chargers on a six cylinder high-out put diesel, that is a milestone. Oh wait hasn't BMW had one in production for a couple of years call the M550d. Never Follow.
        jdeli01
        • 7 Months Ago
        @AronD
        One turbocharger on a four cylinder high-efficiency gasoline engine, that is a milestone. Oh wait, hasn't Audi had one in production for over ten years called the A4. Never Follow. Oh look, I can troll too.
          ferps
          • 7 Months Ago
          @jdeli01
          I remember when the BMW fanboys used to claim that turbocharging was cheat. My how times change. LOL.
        Garais877
        • 7 Months Ago
        @AronD
        only that m550d can't even outrun 3.0BiTDI A6 :D but ofcourse, I know, its all about who done it first :D p.s. RS5 TDI this is where things will get nice to watch :)
        jdeli01
        • 7 Months Ago
        @AronD
        One turbocharger on a four cylinder high-efficiency gasoline engine, that is a milestone. Oh wait, hasn't Audi had one in production for over ten years called the A4. Never Follow. Oh look, I can troll too.
        jdeli01
        • 7 Months Ago
        @AronD
        One turbocharger on a four cylinder high-efficiency gasoline engine, that is a milestone. Oh wait, hasn't Audi had one in production for over ten years called the A4. Never Follow. Oh look, I can troll too.
      James B
      • 7 Months Ago
      Looks awesome! I would really love to see the hp / tq graph and what effects the electric supercharger has.
      AcidTonic
      • 7 Months Ago
      Type your comment hereI looked at the picture and saw Electric turbine? Seriously? Is this the first application of an electrically driven turbo? The picture has it looking more like a turbo than a supercharger but they interchange the two terms over there calling any all forced induction "superchargers". I tried googling about these but only found the Ebay ElectricSupercharger scam warnings. Tried filtering the timeline in google to only see stuff within the past year... but still all I see is $5-$100 ebay scams promising 1psi and 15 horsepower. But now Audi has something that doesn't look bunk..... when can I get one of these for my Evo in the aftermarket! :)
      J
      • 7 Months Ago
      The car says electric turbo not supercharger so it wouldn't be triple charged, but triturbo. Like the bmw. Misleading info.
        mitytitywhitey
        • 7 Months Ago
        @J
        Technically, if an electric motor is spinning a compressor instead of a hot-gas 'turbine' then it is not a 'turbocharger'. I don't care what the marketeers said, that's inaccurate in itself.
      JayP
      • 7 Months Ago
      I really wanted to see 3 leaf blowers on that thing.
    • Load More Comments