Just a few days ago we reported about the 50/50 chance that the Audi R8 V12 TDI will find its way into production. Seems like that chance got smashed by Michael Dick, head of development at Audi AG. However, Audi will indeed bring a diesel version of the Audi R8, but featuring the 4.2 TDI with 326 bhp due to its smaller size.
In addition also a Audi R8 Roadster is in planning.
Due to the current success of the Audi R8 both versions will be slightly delayed.
Because the Audi R8 is so popular, with 4125 cars built in 2007 and another 5000 planned for 2008, the Audi engineers decided to postpone the production of a spider and diesel version. Production manager Michael Dick told us even more disappointing news: the Audi R8 V12 TDI will stay a concept car!
Due to the positive respondses to the R8 V12 TDI Le Mans concept Audi decided to take a powerful diesel into production. This diesel won’t have the 6.0 V12 found in the Le Mans concept but a 4.2 liter V8 TDI. Due to the smaller engine the power sinks from 500 bhp to 326 bhp.
Source: GT Spirit