When it’s petrol no one knows it better than Japanese automakers, but when it comes to diesel the Germans seems to be winning the league. Here, raising a toast for celebrations, Audi is cheering up for the 25 year completion of its TDI diesel engines.
Unveiled the first diesel at 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show, the oil burning motors of German automaker had gotten better with the time in terms of lower fuel-emissions and better fuel-efficiency.
It can be taken note of the Ingolstadt based carmaker too had won the LeMans with the diesel powered machines. In 2006, Audi became the first manufacturer to enter a TDI engine in an endurance race. Since then, the brand has achieved eight wins in nine years – five times with a genuine TDI engine, and with the diesel hybrid e-tron quattro in the past three races.
“25 years of TDI mean a quarter-century of impressive technological progress,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development. “We look back on this time with pride, for the TDI has made a big contribution to our brand’s upward positioning in the premium segment. Today we are taking the next big step as we begin with its electrification.”
The latest to arrive on-board at a near future from Audi is going to be the RS 5 TDI concept, which possibly may soon go into the production. With the electric biturbo, the brand with the four rings is giving diesel technology even more emotional and dynamic appeal. Even in conceptual stage of RS 5 TDI, the Four Ringed automaker had said to have achieved output of 283 kW (385 hp) and up to 750 Nm (553.2 lb-ft) of torque.
“With our ultra models and very sporty cars such as the SQ5 TDI*, the first S model with a diesel engine, we are redefining efficiency and performance for our customers,” says Luca de Meo, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Sales. “TDI clean diesel is a real customer magnet for Audi that we are increasingly bringing to the global markets beyond Europe.”
At present, Audi is having more than 150 engine and transmission combinations across the model lineup.
“The TDI is a pioneering achievement with which we have brought efficiency onto the roads millions of times over,” declares Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. “More power but lower consumption and emissions, that is the fundamental idea behind the TDI that makes it such a hit with customers, and that we are continually refining.”