The latest episode in the embargo follies comes from Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. They have revealed that Audi
will be dropping the diesel
V-12 from last years Q7
V-12 TDI into the R8
sports car for the Detroit Auto Show
. Audi is obviously looking to capitalize on the racing sucess of the R10 LMP1 car in the American Le Mans
Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The V12 has 500hp and a tire-shredding 738lb-ft of torque. It's unlikely that the V-12 will ever appear in a production R8 but Audi's 4.2L V-8 has been rumored
and is a distinct possibility.