Audi R8 TDI Le Mans Concept is a luxury sports car form audi manufacture. Audi R8 TDI has best technology and styling showcase coming from the German automaker of the storied R8 luxury supercar.
Part of an Audi trend in offering true high performance diesel models with engine performance characteristics and raw power that rival, or exceed, those of their gasoline counterparts, the R8 TDI Le Mans offers subtle but meaningful body modifications over the current 2008 Audi R8, but the surfaces are just the beginning.
Inside the Audi R8 TDI Le Mans Concept is a diesel-powered, twin turbo V12 that is derived from the motor used in the Audi R10 TDI racer, winner of multiple 24 Hours of Le Mans victories and the hottest car on the endurance racing circuit today.
With its race-bred diesel technology, the 12 cylinder diesel engine in the Audi R8 TDI Le Mans promises staggering performance numbers unlike anything coming from an oil burner to date.
Known for their outstanding torque numbers, diesel engines are moving more and more into the mainstream beyond use in heavy trucks and anemic economy cars.With German luxury car makers Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen and especially Audi leading the charge toward clean burning diesel engines, even the American car buying public is beginning to accept that diesel motors are not just for hauling boats or huge cargo containers of quacking chickens.
There is no reason why Audi cannot build a production version of the R8 TDI Le Mans, as this engine is fully tuned and ready to go. Build cost could be very high in the early stages of pushing through a diesel engine with this output, but this makes the R8 supercar a natural platform to try it out on. The car world is eagerly anticipating an all-but-assured announcement that a diesel-powered R8 TDI will be in showrooms sooner rather than later.
Audi R8 TDI Le Mans Concept Specification
Layout Mid-Engine, AWD
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Torque 737.56 lb-ft. @ 1750 rpm
Horsepower 500 hp
Engine Type Twin Turbo TDI Diesel V12
Displacement 5934 cc
Compression Ratio 16.0:1
Boost Pressure 2.6 bar
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 4.2 sec.
Top Speed Well Over 300 km/h (186.41 mph)