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Audi RS5 TDI Concept, can there be high-performance diesel?

Published by on Jun 1, 2014 in News Leave a comment

Audi RS5 TDI Concept

High-performance cars have always been associated with petrol engines, despite some diesel attempts being made in recent years. However, it looks like Audi is determined more than ever to show that they can also produce great sports cars powered by diesel engines so they took an Audi RS5 and fitted it with a turbocharged V6 TDI engine that produces more than 380-hp.

The Audi RS5 TDI Concept drops the 4.2-liter petrol V8 on the RS5 and adopts a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 TDI diesel engine that’s equipped with an electric supercharger whose purpose is to reduce turbo lag to an almost non-existent level. According to the German carmaker, the engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and produces 385-hp and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. The car comes with Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system and is capable of accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in approximately 4 seconds, reaching a top speed of over 174 mph. These numbers are actually better than the petrol RS5’s (0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds despite 450-hp and 317 lb-ft) and looking at them it’s almost impossible to believe Audi’s fuel consumption numbers: 47 mpg (5.0-liters per 100 km) on the combined cycle.

The diesel RS5 was unveiled this weekend at the Leipzig Auto Show in Germany (which started on Friday is open until June 8) and celebrates 25 years of Audi’s TDI diesel technology.

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