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[NAIAS 2008] Audi R8 V12 TDI Concept – I’ll Take Ten

[NAIAS 2008] Audi R8 V12 TDI Concept – I’ll Take Ten

Audi R8 V12 TDI Concept (Image property of OhGizmo!)
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.

Audi R8 V12 TDI Concept (Image property of OhGizmo!)

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.


Audi R8 V12 TDI Concept (Image property of OhGizmo!)

Audi R8 V12 TDI Concept (Image property of OhGizmo!)

Audi R8 V12 TDI Concept (Image property of OhGizmo!)

Audi R8 V12 TDI Concept (Image property of OhGizmo!)

Audi R8 V12 TDI Concept (Image property of OhGizmo!)

Audi R8 V12 TDI Concept (Image property of OhGizmo!)







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