It doesn’t seem to matter what Audi build these days – it all looks good and goes well too.
With diesel powered cars becoming increasingly popular due to both fuel prices and the sheer driveability of a diesel under the bonnet, Audi, the Vorsprung durch Technik (progress through technology) brand is leading the charge when it comes to proper diesel sports cars.
And all this know-how and technology comes from racing. Audi builds the fastest and most reliable diesel powered race cars in the world so that you and I can drive some of the world’s best diesel powered road cars.
You may not have not have heard of Audi’s brand new diesel powered monster the R15 TDI, but it recently won its debut race at Florida’s Sebring 12 Hours in record time.
Audi’s previous diesel racer the R10 TDI made history in 2006, when it became the first diesel powered race car to win an international sports car race.
Astonishingly although, not from Audi’s perspective, the car went on to take the chequered flag at Le Mans 24 Hour race in the same year.
Audi’s monster Q7 V12 TDI quattro with its 6.0 litre TDI powertrain can thank the R10 TDI for its engine, from which it was derived.
Try 1000Nm and 0-100km/h in just 5.5 seconds and you get some idea of what Audi can do with diesel power in a large road going SUV.
But the R15 TDI takes diesel race engines to a whole new level.
Powered by a V10 TDI, it has the same 5.5 litre capacity as the 12-cylinder powerplant, but this engine is lighter and more compact, while producing similar power and torque outputs.
Fuel consumption and C02 emissions have also been reduced and throttle response is said to be better than the R10 TDI.
It doesn’t stop there, the titanium tail pipes have been shortened to save additional weight and the diesel particle filters are now more compact than those on the R10 TDI, and thus produce less backpressure.
While the highly advanced A5 3.0 TDI is already available in Australia, we can only hope that more these diesel powered performance cars find their way down under.