Audi S5 could gain 342 hp TDI V6 variant

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When it comes to sleek, sexy sports coupes, it’s hard to do better than the Audi S5. It’s been about a year since we last tested one but it remains one of the best sports cars in its segment. With good looks, agile handling and a punchy turbo-V6, the S5 is a dynamite sports coupe. Now, it might actually be getting a bit more interesting. At least in Europe.

This info comes from the French Automobile Magazine, who claims that Audi is planning on adding a diesel engine to the S5 lineup. According to this report, the Audi S5 could gain the same 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 diesel engine, with mild-hybrid tech, as the new Audi SQ5 TDI.

Apparently, the idea is to offer an Audi S5 model to customers that live in congested cities with C02 emissions restrictions. Audi’s new diesel engine actually emits less nasty carbon-dioxides than the petrol-powered engine, so it’s a better option for customers who live in crowded cities. Especially now that many European cities are going to start cracking down on emissions.

The current engine on offer in the Audi S5, the only engine, is Audi’s ubiquitous 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 that makes 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. In the Audi SQ5 TDI, the 3.0 liter V6 TDI engine makes 342 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. That’s a lot more torque while not being too down on horsepower. So it could make for an even quicker S5.

Not only that, but it’d be more fuel efficient, too. So you’d be able to have the best of both worlds; a sleek and sexy sports car with good gas mileage and low emissions. Having fun while helping to save the planet. What’s not to like?

We admit that there’s no official word on this, nor any official release date, but we’re excited anyway. However, it could come with the facelift of the Audi A5 family, which will likely happen in the next year or so.