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Audi R8 V12 TDI diesel

Audi R8 V12 TDI diesel

Audi R8 V12 TDI diesel

Audi R8 V12 TDI diesel

Audi R8 V12 TDI diesel

Audi R8 V12 TDI diesel interior

Audi R8 V12 TDI diesel interior

Year (of specifications) 2008
Engine 6.0 litre V12 Diesel twin turbo
Transmission 6 speed manual AWD
Max speed 186 mph
0-60 mph 4.2 seconds
Horsepower 500 bhp
weight -

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 RS generation.

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 modes.

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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