Torque Hungry: Audi to add new TDI V8 amidst diesel scandal

We know, we know, there’s a diesel scandal going on right now involving Audi, and parent company Volkswagen, it’s been discussed ad nauseam. We won’t get into the details of such scandals now, but let’s just say that most American customers hate VW and Audi diesels now. Despite that, however, Audi is looking to develop a new TDI V8 diesel engine, packing more power and more torque than ever before, and is looking to launch¬†it in the upcoming Audi A8 set to make its debut in 2017. That’s right, after getting involved with a massive scandal involving diesel engines, Audi’s going to make its biggest and most powerful one yet and stuff it into its flagship vehicle, ya know, the car that is basically the face of the brand. You gotta love the brass balls on Audi.

It actually makes sense, however, as diesel engines are the far more popular choice in Audi’s home country. In fact, Germany is one of the slower adopters of alternative fuel technology, with the majority of all German customers buying cars with diesel engines. So offering the upcoming A8 with a new and improved diesel engine is not only a good move, but should be expected. It also goes without saying that this new diesel engine will be more efficient as well as more powerful. This will help mitigate the high cost of the car for many customer and avoid high congestion charges and certain taxes in Europe.

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2017 Audi A8 render
2017 Audi A8 render

This new TDI engine is said to put out over 400 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. It’s also rumored that it will be able to hurtle the new A8 from 0-60 mph in just over four seconds, which is Audi S8 territory at the moment but this would be in a diesel. The engine could also make its way into the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and maybe even a Bentley.. However, this is all just speculation at the moment, of course. The word has come from the Vienna engine symposium, so the word is good, but exact details are still up in the air.

It’s doubtful such an engine will ever make it to the US market, as US customers are still very skeptical of diesel engines and feel betrayed by the entire Volkswagen Group. However, Audi hasn’t completely ruled it out and could certainly bring it over here if the image of diesel engines starts to change. Plus, if Audi is capable of making it even more efficient than ever before, maybe such an engine could help the compression-ignition engine’s future. All we know is that we’re excited about the prospect of an Audi A8 with a diesel engine that’s as fast as an Audi S8.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.