Audi is set to unveil a diesel-powered version of the redoubtable R8 supercar at the Detroit auto show this week.
The diesel R8 concept will feature 6-litre, V12 TDI power which should result in two things. Firstly, due to the size of the engine all remaining luggage space behind the cabin has been vanquished; and secondly, Audi will now have 1000Nm bragging rights.
300 km/h and 10 l/100 km?
Producing 373kW and 1000Nm the V12 diesel version will by no means be slow. A 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.2 seconds is being touted, and topspeed is beyond the 300km/h barrier.
With the monstrous torque peak of 1000Nm in-gear acceleration is set to be comically rapid.
Purists might scoff at the idea of a diesel supercar, especially one with such pure design elements as the R8, the move might be another masterful marketing exercise by Audi.
With the future of supercars looking increasingly grim with stricter emission controls being enforced by the European Union, Audi might have found a lifeline for 300km/h hypercars with the R8 TDI.
The engine is already Euro 2014 emission complaint, and with average fuel consumption of 10-litres per 100km, the R8 is set to bring supercar performance to the market within environmentally friendly emissions and consumption parameters.
The R8 TDI is going to show off the R8 targa-roof option too, although the glass roof R8 will only be available in 2009.
Introduction dates for the R8TDI are unknown, with Audi understandably mum currently and obviously waiting to gauge public and market opinion with the show car at Detroit this week, something deeply ironic considering the pathological hatred America has for diesel cars.