Plans for an oil-burning R8 have been canned. After more than 12 months of deliberation, Audi has told Auto Express that it can’t justify the cost involved in a diesel-engined evolution of its acclaimed two-seater supercar.
Although a concept version of the R8 V12 TDI impressed when it made its world debut at the Detroit Motor Show in 2008, top brass at the company have now confirmed that development will be halted.
Audi claims the cost of re-engineering the petrol R8 to accommodate the massive twin-turbocharged diesel engine is simply too great – and that it would be unable to recoup its investment through sales alone.
Source: Auto Express