Top speed runs shot at the Autobahn usually involve high-powered cars that cost a small fortune, but this new video from YouTuber Automobile DY is an exception. We’re looking at a 10-year-old diesel wagon, specifically an Audi A4 Avant from the B8 generation equipped with the hugely popular 2.0 TDI engine. That might not be the recipe for an exciting video, but seeing a relatively old car being pushed to the limit is quite captivating.
The turbodiesel four-cylinder engine was rated at 170 horsepower and 350 Newton-meters (258 pound-feet) of torque back in the day. It was enough TDI punch for a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) run in 8.6 seconds and a top speed of 137 mph (220 km/h) for a wagon that weighed about 1,560 kilograms (3,439 pounds). We can observe those performance numbers being put to the test in the adjacent video as the car approaches its official top speed.
The A4 Avant B8 TDI remains perfectly stable and refined all the time, thus leading us to believe this particular car has been properly maintained in the last ten years. Interestingly, the trip computer shows the instant fuel consumption, reaching as high as 15.5 liters / 100 km (15.1 miles per gallon) when the car hits 137 mph (220 km/h).
It was a relatively empty Autobahn that day, thus giving the driver the perfect opportunity to really stretch the wagon’s legs and see what sort of performance it delivers after a decade. While the wind and engine noises that get inside the cabin are more noticeable compared to recent Audi models, the car remains very much enjoyable. The fun factor is enhanced by the six-speed manual gearbox that’s becoming more and more of a rarity in the premium segment.
As for the interior, it does show its age in terms of design, but the great condition of the materials and trim is a testament to Audi’s reputation of building high-quality cars.