What is it?
The world’s first diesel-powered supercar. At least that’s what some are calling it. Audi is smart enough to call its new R8 V12 TDi a super-sports car, pitching it against the likes of the Ferrari F430 rather than full blown supercars of the Veyron, Enzo and McLaren F1 ilk. But be in no doubt; this is a proper 100,000 pound plus exotic – and the first to drink from the dark side of the pump.
What’s it like?
Challenging. Different. Fascinating. And also genuinely quick, if lacking in a few of the other attractions you normally get with exotica like this.
The word is that Audi had several multi-million dollar offers for this concept car at the Detroit motor show, on the strength of its looks alone. That’s probably because it’s a devilishly purposeful-looking car. In making it, the stylists substituted most of the standard R8’s carbonfibre for aluminium, and added bumper- and sill-extensions in the same polished alloy, as well as a proper underbody air diffuser. The result looks threatening and aggressive, like the kind of car that devours roads, and whatever may be on them, without so much as a change of gear.