Audi are one of the biggest supporters of Diesel engines. Audi brought about the world’s first ever TDI engine to be fitted in a passenger car, in 1989. Success after success has been on the record for Audi’s Diesel engines, from their Le Mans success to continues research and development into Diesel technology, you can be assured that a Diesel Audi is powered by one of the best diesel engines available.
To continue this success, Audi has unveiled a new Diesel Engine. With an output of 368 kW/500 bhp and 1,000 Nm of torque. the majestic 6.0L V12 TDI power unit with powers the high-performance Audi Q7 SUV. So if your thinking Diesel engines are slow, how does a 5.5 second 0-100 dash sound for a car this big?
The Q7 has an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h.
Of course not all of us are going to ever get our hands on a 6.0L Diesel engine with those types of performance figures, so what else does Audi have on offer?
Unlike Europe where Diesel is all the rage at the moment, America and to a degree even Australia, seems more interested in Hybrid technology. Audi however is firmly convinced that the TDI engine represents the powerful and economical alternative for the future of motoring, and is therefore preparing a model drive to bolster this trend. Although this view seems to be shared by many European manufacturers, I wonder how Diesel is the way of future motoring when, in its raw form, it stil depends on fossil fuel? A resource which is finite.