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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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  • Chris

    Isn’t that simply one of the best looking cars around? Stunning.

  • http://www.imghostit.com Ryan

    cool looking, but this doesn’t have anything on the new ZR1 haha

  • http://www.iamdex.com Dexter

    Holy crap, the ZR-1 may be fast as all hell…but this beauty is a engineering marvel. 736lb-ft of torque? Sweet jebus…that’s insane.

  • http://www.prelovac.com/vladimir/ Vladimir

    That’s a seriously good looking car.

  • Andrew Liszewski

    Indeed, it’s probably not a bad idea to keep an extra set of tires on hand. With that much torque you’ll probably be leaving shredded piles of rubber behind you.

  • glenn

    I saw one of these babies on display at Mosport during the Children’s Wish campaign in the fall of ’07. The only difference was that the “fins” in front and rear were missing. Just a fabulous machine.

  • http://www.carztune.com/ Dana

    I just love Audi! Is a perfect car!

  • Tom

    If any of you have noticed, the concept looks less contoured, and so it doensnt look as god as the current version. also, they’ve just ruined the lines yet again by sticking a spoiler on the back (its a DIESEL for christs sake!) and changing the body kit so its streched lower down. Its hard to notice but when you have a picture of the current R8 this thing looks more pushed together. and why choose a diesel? they could have just done what koeniggsegg did and use an eco friendly fuel mix that boosts the power by tonnes of horse power? i think this is a bit of a dissapointment and its jus trying to say diesel cars rule.

  • josh

    that is a well nice car but why a deisel?

  • IBY

    you cock suckin little bitch this car is a mean machine that luks the best so dont be dissing the car i can understandthe dielsel bit because they are showing off with the recent win with lemans with the r10. any way you american bastard you listen to me this is the best car america has seen you cant even make cars you hillbilly redneck mother fuckers. they will make another version and it will be better and remember to put your mums pussy on for sale but the bitch will have to work a pretty long time to buy the audi. you son of a bitch baSTARD I AM GOING TO PISS ON YOUR MUM!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  • IBY

    you cock suckin little bitch this car is a mean machine that luks the best so dont be dissing the car i can understandthe dielsel bit because they are showing off with the recent win with lemans with the r10. any way you american bastard you listen to me this is the best car america has seen you cant even make cars you hillbilly redneck mother fuckers. they will make another version and it will be better and remember to put your mums pussy on for sale but the bitch will have to work a pretty long time to buy the audi. you son of a bitch baSTARD I AM GOING TO PISS ON YOUR MUM!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

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    thanks!