Forgotten study: Audi R8 V12 TDI

Hair, 14. December 2017

Today, diesel scandal-shattering point of view, the idea of a super sports car with a V12 seems to be in-line diesel engine is absolutely crazy. A decade earlier, but things looked significantly different.

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Audi triumphs with Diesel-Renner R10 for the second Time in Le Mans, was given the occasion, quite euphoric, and decided to use an adaptation of the 650-HP 5.5-Liter V12 racing engine in a street-legal Supercar. The Audi R8 V12 TDI Concept was born. With a 6.0-Liter twin-turbo V12 Diesel engine in the rear (its relationship is to the house's own V6 and V8 diesel engines, however, are significantly larger). The world's first super sports car, the tilt of Diesel in the Tank, offered mountains move in for the end of 1,000 Newton meters of torque. Starting at 1.750 tours. The performance was nice round 500 HP. From today's perspective, nearly blasphemous: The R8 V12 TDI would have had in addition to the two particulate filters, also AdBlue System on Board, and the Euro 6 standard to be met.

Monster-diesel with a manual gearbox

Although the unconventional study was through the thick Diesel is a good bit heavier than the series-production R8 with 4.2-Liter V8, it was from 0-100 km/h even a few tenths faster. 4.2 seconds, the R8 V12 TDI should need. The V8 was 4.6 seconds. Also, the maximum speed would probably be gone. The V8 R8 was 301 km/h. The V12 Diesel you spoke of "well in excess of 300 km/h". The choice of gearbox was also plenty of head-shaking. Ten years ago, manual transmissions were High-End athletes, however, is still completely normal. It would be safe now – shall we say – exciting to send the 1,000 Newton-meters by six-speed manual gearbox on the narrow streets of the open-R8-shifting backdrop to the four driven wheels.

Significantly more aggressive

In addition to the installation of the massive self-ignition took place Audi further significant Changes to its mid-engine sports. This is a concise air duct module on the glass roof, a broadening of the typical R8 side blades as well as a significantly larger air intakes at the Front and rear to give the Concept Car a more aggressive Look. Another Upgrade is the Full LED headlights, a little later in the series-R8 debut.

At least the engine was allowed to continue to live

The Audi R8 V12 TDI was presented almost exactly ten years ago at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2008. Two months later, he gave the new name for the R8 TDI Le Mans its European debut at the Geneva auto salon in 2008. After about a year of intense internal debate, decided in Ingolstadt, however, to pull the plug and finish the project. Why? For an absolute niche model of the construction of the car would have been just too expensive. Moreover, it remains questionable how sports car Fans on a Supercar would have reacted, turning barely over 4,500 tours. The, from today's point of view, so very absurd engine, however, survived and came back in September of 2008 in the Audi Q7 V12 TDI to the series maturity. The 2.7-tonne Mega-SUV survived at least until the middle of 2012, despite a standard consumption of 11.3 litres.

Other Approach

A few years later, the rumors raged about a possible diesel engine (V8 or V10) for the second R8-Generation, but for obvious reasons, it never happened. Not only because of the infinite diesel gate Saga, the idea of a super sports car with XXL-diesel engine is now like a completely absurd idea from a bygone time. Nevertheless, one must not forget the strong self-detonator in a sporty Audis are still available. In the SQ7, a V8 bi-turbo heart beats with electric compressor, which has 435 horsepower and 900 Newton-meters of nearly the same performance as the V12 TDI in 2008.(sw)