By Andrew Liszewski
Earlier, I mentioned that the Corvette ZR-1 was 1 of 2 vehicles I would gladly leave the show with this year. Well here’s the other one. The Audi R8 V12 TDI concept is the first 12-cylinder diesel engine to find its way into a high-performance roadgoing sports car. Until now diesel engines have offered a poor ratio when it comes to power output vs. weight, so while they’re ideal for a massive ocean-going freighter, they’re not so great for a high-performance supercar.
Not surprisingly the V12 TDI engine in the R8 is closely related to the engine used in the company’s Le Mans winning R10, with a few modifications made to improve the center-of-gravity, as well as making it fit into the narrower engine compartment of the roadgoing R8. What you end up with is a 0 to 60 time of 4.2 seconds, a top speed of about 186mph and 738 lb-ft of torque.
You’ll find some more pics of the Audi R8 V12 TDI after the jump, including a shot of the V12 engine itself.