Audi‘s image has been shaken by the Dieselgate scandal but the company isn’t giving up on diesel engines as a new report is indicating a couple of new TDI units are in the works.
According to Car & Driver, Audi will use the Vienna Motor Symposium to introduce a new TDI V8 engine. Set to debut in the next-generation A8, the engine will replace the current 4.2-liter TDI V8 and reportedly produce more than 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. The first figure sounds plausible as the current engine develops 380 hp but the torque output raises some eyebrows as the outgoing mill has 626 lb-ft of torque.
Regardless of the final numbers, the engine will reportedly enable the A8 to accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour in a little over four seconds.
Following its debut in the A8, the engine could be offered in a variety of different models including the Audi Q7, Porsche Panamera, and even the Bentley Continental GT.
Besides the new V8 engine, the company is expected to unveil a biturbo 3.0-liter TDI V6 with an electric supercharger. The engine was previewed in the RS5 TDI concept where it produced 380 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque.
Source: Car & Driver