Audi to focus on high-performance diesel models

High-performance diesel models are a rarity nowadays but Audi is willing to change that with an array of quick cars equipped with a TDI engine. The company’s boss Rupert Stadler hinted that the very interesting RS5 TDI concept will see the light of production day in the near future, encouraged by the success of the SQ5 TDI which is selected by 12 percent of all Q5 buyers.

It won’t stop there as a TDI-powered version of the second generation Audi R8 is also in the works with possibly a V8 engine, an idea also encouraged by Audi’s R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg. There’s a third and even more exciting model planned, a road-going version of the company’s very successful R18 e-tron Le Mans racer.

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These high-performance diesel models will complement Audi’s already available range of economical “ultra” models which all feature TDI engines providing low fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions without compromising performance and refinement. The “ultra” badge covers models such as the A3, A4, A5, A6 and A7 but we expect in the future the smaller A1 together with the A8 flagship to receive a similar treatment.

Audi’s officials didn’t provide an exact timetable as to when these high-performance diesel cars will be launched but chances are most of them will be out before the end of the decade.

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.