Sunday, January 13, 2008

Audi R8 V12 TDI Concept

2008 Audi R8 V12 TDI Concept
Audi Press Release

2008 Audi R8 V12 TDI ConceptAudi is presenting a revolution in the top class at the Detroit Auto Show 2008 – the first 12-cylinder diesel engine in a high-performance road-going sports car.

The V12 TDI with a displacement of six litres powers a concept car based on the Audi R8. This unit generates a huge 500 hp (375 kW) and 737 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) of torque.

Audi is writing a new chapter in diesel technology with this power unit. Equipped with the expertise that Audi has built up through its motor sport activities, the R8 V12 TDI in matt "Grace Silver" embodies superb road handling, pioneering technology and fascinating design.

The V12 TDI is closely related to the engine in the Audi R10, the two-time Le Mans winner – so it catapults the Audi R8 into supercar terrain concerning performance too. It sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.2 seconds and its top speed is well over 300 km/h (186 mph). The peak torque, reached at only 1,750 rpm, paves the way for effortless acceleration that is unrivalled even at this level.

2008 Audi R8 V12 TDI ConceptThe new V12 TDI belongs to Audi's family of V engines but has the ideal included angle for this engine type of 60 degrees between cylinder banks. Its highlights include the new chain drive layout that includes the two newly developed high-pressure pumps for the common rail injection system.

The V12 TDI's sound is as thrilling as you'd expect in a sports car of this calibre. For all the subtle smoothness that typifies this design principle, the twelve-cylinder unit is full-bodied and equipped with energetic overtones that make no secret of its performance potential.

Technical Specifications
Engine: 6.0 litre TDI V12
Aspiration: Turbocharged
Maximum Power: 500 hp (375 kW)
Maximum Torque: 738 lb-ft (1,000 Nm)
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Drivetrain: All-wheel drive

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