The Audi R8 V12 TDI was presented at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show.
The R8 V12 TDI is the first 12-cylinder
diesel engine in a high-performance roadgoing sports car.
The V12 TDI is closely related to the engine in the Audi R10,
the two-time Le Mans winner - giving the Audi R8 diesel concept
outstanding performance. It sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62.14
mph) in just 4.2 seconds and its top speed is well over 300
km/h (186.41 mph).
The roadgoing version of the new V12 TDI is built at the Györ
plant, in Hungary. And with the help of twin turbochargers and
intercoolers the R8 V12 TDI develops 500 hp and 738 lb-ft of
torque @ 1750 - 3000 rpm. Mated to the engine is a compact six-speed
manual gearbox sending power to all four wheels via a permanent
Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
The Audi R8 V12 TDI concept with matt "Grace Silver"
bodywork looks even wider and more resolute than the petrol
R8. It shows its potential through its muscular proportions,
accentuated wheel arches and even larger air apertures. The
rhombus-pattern cover on the air inlets and outlets is the hallmark
of Audi's sporty top models and a familiar feature of the current
Inside, the three-spoke sport
steering wheel is of course the focal point of the car's
controls. With a diameter of 365 mm (14.37 in.), it is both
sportily compact and ergonomic in shape. The steering wheel
rim has a flat lower edge. This is a further aspect of the auto
racing feel in the Audi R8 V12 TDI, but one that also brings
major functional benefits, facilitating entry and exit for the
driver. The steering wheel is covered in fine Valcona leather,
with a diecast magnesium core providing strength.
The start/stop button for the engine and the Drive Select switch
with the Dynamic/ Sport/Race settings are arranged on the steering
wheel. The latter controls the engine and transmission electronics
as well as the magnetic ride dampeners in each of three different
In Race mode, the instrument lighting changes from white to
red. The navigation system shows a combined display with lap
timer and navigation information for the racetrack being driven.
Or supplementary information such as centrifugal force and boost
pressure can be called up.
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