Hybrids have been expanding into the sports car market for the last year. With Porsche’s 918 and the McLaren P1 setting the stage for the car enthusiast in this world of ever increasing gas prices, another company is celebrating 25 years of another option for fuel economy. When you hear the word “diesel” you don’t typically think of high performance, but Audi plans to unveil a car that will change your mind at the Leipzig Auto Show.
Autoblog reports that the RS5 TDI Concept will feature a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 producing 385 horsepower, as well as an electronic supercharger to assist in cutting down on the turbo lag. Short two cylinders, and down 65 horses compared to the gasoline variant, the TDI hearkens back to an age old saying: Horsepower sells cars - torque wins races. The triple charged RS5 TDI puts out 236 more pounds-feet of torque, rated at 553lb-ft, compared to the traditional petrol burning RS5.
Limited at a 155 miles per hour, the TDI cuts .6 of a second off of the gasoline RS5 0-62 time. The prototype is equipped with an eight-speed automatic and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive. There are currently no plans to put the car into full production according to Auto Motor und Sport, so that cuts the chances of seeing the look of confusion on peoples faces when you pull up to the diesel pump in a high performance Audi.