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Audi R8 Diesel To Get 30 MPG?

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We tossed it over the back fence back in January, and now the UK web car daily AutoExpress has caught it. They've supposedly uncovered that Audi's made a decision on the deets for the oil-burning torque-heavy version of the supercar that we've been tweaking as of late. They claim the Brucegasmic automaker will drop the 4.2-liter V8 TDI engine that's currently powering the Q7 SUV into the engine bay of the R8. In The Q7, it produces 322 HP with 561 lb-ft of torque but AutoExpress claims this morning they'll be further tuning that engine up to 350 hp and 590 lb-ft o' torque. When hooked up to either the R8's six-speed manual or the six-speed R-tronic tranny, they're betting the R8 should be capable of about a five second 0-60 time with a top speed of 160 mph. But here's the kicker — it'll get 30 mpg. Both quick and fuel-efficient and wait, there's more — the diesel version supposedly will drop with a price tag around $30,000 less than the petrol version in Europe. Maybe we'll wait to spot the diesel version rather than the silly little gas one Audi has traipsing around town.


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Now R8 supercar goes diesel [Auto Express]


Over the Back Fence: Audi Execs Considering R8 TDI; Red Hot Spy Photos: V10 Audi R8 Mule Goes Up In Flames On Nürburgring!; R8 Spotting around town [internal]


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GM could make some competition for this if they put their new small block compatible 4.5 turbodiesel (with similar output numbers to the Audi unit and supposedly 50 state emmission compliance) into a Corvette. Sure it wouldn't look nearly as cool inside or out, but it'd cost tons less as Corvettes are supposed to, and have possibly better performance and economy since it weighs less...

Also, I agree with those lamenting the lack of R10 v12 action being applied to the R8.