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Audi R8 V12 TDI Production Model Development Halted

 Audi R8 V12 TDI Production Model Development Halted
Audi R8 V12 TDI Concept

High production costs cited

After nearly a year of internal debate, Audi has officially decided not to produce the highly acclaimed R8 V12 TDI concept.

According to AutoExpress who spoke with a "high level" Audi official, the cost of modifying the R8 to accommodate the massive 6.0-liter V12 TDI engine was simply too high for them to recoup through the limited sales this model would have produced. The issue was further complicated by the fact that diesel sales in the US are nothing short of dismal, making the V12 TDI a hard sell considering that the US accounts for nearly a third of all R8's sold.

When it first appeared at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the R8 V12 TDI concept stunned onlookers with its aggressive styling and insane performance. Powered by the aforementioned 6.0-liter V12 TDI engine, the concept boasted 500 horsepower and 1000 Nm of torque which allowed it to run from 0 - 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds before hitting a top speed in excess of 300 km/h (186.4 mph).

 

Published May 7, 2009 10:10 am By Michael Gauthier

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Comments (34)

 rbdeli rbdeli
I partially agree about this front end. The classic Audi R8 was a model of beauty - it looked like an all one-piece sleek piece of technical machinery. But for cars in the price range, I don't see the point in the diesel engine. Fuel is a luxury these car buyers can afford.
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January 22, 2010 11:42 pm
 xXx xXx
hoooooooooooooo
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June 24, 2009 9:57 pm
 alessandro alessandro
They had the boot ventilation problems via that front grill I think, hahaaaa such car design!
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May 10, 2009 9:49 pm
 eorfan eorfan
oh no!!! what a monster not to be produced! ):
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May 9, 2009 3:14 pm
 C320cdi C320cdi
Our dear American friends will sooner or later realize what a powerful diesel engine is really worth... Audi will be introducing the A3 and the Q7 with diesel engines in the US and and Mercedes is trying to sell its new E-Class with their new diesel engines. Even BMW is now offering the 335d in the US.
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May 9, 2009 12:46 pm
 cbass79 cbass79
I think the R8 TDI would be a step into the right direction because other cars in the league consume about 18-30 l/100km - the R8 TDI is about 10-12 l/100km. Also it would be unique - why don´t buy the only diesel supersports car in the world. Maybe the R8 TDI could be a V10 because the actual Lemans race car R15 is a V10...
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May 9, 2009 4:40 am
 cbass79 cbass79
It seems that most guys here are from the US.. So I live in Germany and almost the half of all cars are diesels. Every outside salesman drives a diesel because it´s quiet, very powerful and very efficient. That a diesel is noisy - it´s a tale from the past (GM diesels from the 70´s). Have you ever driven a modern european diesel? It´s much more quiet than a powerful petrol engine as you can see on youtube if you search for "R10 TDI sound". For US-drivers, the diesel is much better than any asian hybrid: I drive an Seat Ibiza TDI with a 110hp Audi-engine and the consumption is: Highway 50mph - 98 mpg, 75mph - 85mpg, 110mph - 34mpg, 130mph - 23mpg City 40mpg Even if you can believe it, these are true and realistic values..
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May 8, 2009 5:56 pm
 cbass cbass
It seems that most guys here are from the US.. So I live in Germany and almost the half of all cars are diesels. Every outside salesman drives a diesel because it´s quiet, very powerful and very efficient. That a diesel is noisy - it´s a tale from the past (GM diesels from the 70´s). Have you ever driven a modern european diesel? It´s much more quiet than a powerful petrol engine as you can see on youtube if you search for "R10 TDI sound". For US-drivers, the diesel is much better than any asian hybrid: I drive an Seat Ibiza TDI with a 110hp Audi-engine and the consumption is: Highway 50mph - 98 mpg, 75mph - 85mpg, 110mph - 34mpg, 130mph - 23mpg City 40mpg Even if you can believe it, these are true and realistic values..
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May 8, 2009 4:25 pm
 Sedaer Sedaer
Get this body kit on the R8 petrols is what were saying. P.S. Hummers are ugly not the Audi.
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May 8, 2009 9:33 am
 Madness Madness
This comment was edited at 11:53? but its only 10:53...
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May 7, 2009 11:52 pm
 scratchy996 scratchy996
too bad , it would have been something original in the supercars club.
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May 7, 2009 10:13 pm
 HEMI426 HEMI426
Audi has become smart
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May 7, 2009 9:30 pm
 HUMM3R HUMM3R
its ugly. they've ruined the beautiful car. the front end is ruined
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May 7, 2009 9:18 pm
 kimbo kimbo
good news. Diesel should be put only in small, eco-friendly cars.
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May 7, 2009 7:53 pm
 catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
it was never meant to be a regular series anyway, it was just there to promote the Diesel engines in their standard cars. also, it would have been more expensive than the V10, with less power.
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May 7, 2009 6:29 pm
 Swifty Swifty
it should be produced! Audi shame on you!!!! And it looked so sooo good!!!! TDI should be in R8 because of LeMans winning R10 and R15
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May 7, 2009 6:09 pm
 MadMaTTer MadMaTTer
what a shame, it would have defintely done very well as many auto enthusiast would have loved to be part of history with the R10 Diesel Race car dominating and the technology being passed onto a street car.
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May 7, 2009 5:19 pm
 MAB MAB
The fun ones are dropping like flies. Bummer. Although, I had been hoping they were going to do away with that snow shovel of a front bumper before release...
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May 7, 2009 4:57 pm
 Renegade Renegade
Nice, diesels can go die.
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May 7, 2009 3:48 pm
 Prince_Ash Prince_Ash
NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! -sigh- :( its not fair
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May 7, 2009 3:42 pm