May 12, 2003
Audi introduces diesel-powered A8 in Europe
Ingolstadt, Germany – Audi is expanding the range of engines available for the A8 to include a newly developed V8 turbo diesel. The A8 4.0 TDI quattro delivers 275 horsepower at 3750 rpm and produces 650 Nm of torque between 1800 and 2500 rpm. This makes it the world’s most powerful eight-cylinder diesel engine in a production sedan.
The newly developed biturbo V8 with two intercoolers not only has a higher swept volume and power output than its predecessor, the 3.3-litre (225 bhp) engine; it is the first TDI version in Audi’s new range of V-engines and has a chain drive for camshafts and ancillaries.
The A8 4.0 TDI quattro with aluminium body sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.7 seconds – faster than any other diesel saloon car worldwide. It also achieves a governed top speed of 250 km/h. Its torque of 650 Newton metres offers a quality of traction across the entire road-speed range that can otherwise only be experienced in sports cars.