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The rise of the high-performance diesel

June 2005

It’s to know what to expect of new 4.2-litre twin-turbo V8 diesel-engined A8. although it has 322bhp and an extraordinary ft of torque — easily the outputs of the previous 4-litre in the A8, along with all its rivals it is, after all, a diesel.

But on the launch near Munich, we gifted a clear stretch of and the picture became much The A8 4.2 TDI doesn’t so much accelerate as and effortlessly accumulate velocity. you’re so well cocooned by and vibration insulation, the speedo is the indicator of just how rapidly picking up pace; the rush of the world seems a little at with the calm inside the Gearchanges glide through the Tiptronic automatic with a perceptible change in engine and without any interruption to the remorseless of thrust.

And suddenly you’ve wafted the 155mph speed limiter.

The fashion in which this direct injection turbodiesel V8 there is clear evidence of the strength of this engine. more, it’s whisper and the only time it hints it uses compression ignition is it starts up from cold. But for the that it’s not keen to rev beyond 4200rpm, you’d it was just your regular petrol V8.

One of the reasons for having a diesel of course, is for its fuel economy, and you have the discipline to drive the A8 in a fashion, then it will 30mpg on the Combined cycle on the other hand, it will do 0-62mph in 5.9sec, so chances are you ever manage a fuel figure that looks so healthy, though it would seem parsimonious compared a V8 petrol-engined A8.


A couple of other things noting about the V8 turbodiesel are that it’s a light and piece of kit, and that its system features the latest-generation filters to cut down on the smoke that some oil burners leave in their wake hard acceleration.

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At the same as the 4.2 TDI, Audi also a new petrol direct injection or FSI in Audi-VW-speak — 3.2-litre V6 256bhp at 6500rpm and 243lb ft of at 3250rpm; this engine be soon be dropped into Audis. Its claimed 7.7sec sprint figure suggests it’s quick, but traffic around Munich meant all we can tell you with certainty is it’s a pleasantly quiet and a bit of an anti-climax after surging in the turbodiesel.

While the petrol V6 will serve many A8 owners (and save them with its ΂£47,930 starting the 4.2 TDI is by far the more intriguing package and quicker. Whereas in the past even gutsy ones, felt like the compromised the A8’s V8 complements the essential of the car, doling out bulging of energy that you can employ to waft along autobahns, or to a high speed link corners; it’s a mighty engine, but like the A8 as a whole, more discreet than

Like the rest of the A8 range, the 4.2 TDI the wide-mouthed grille that on the W12, and it’s available in and long wheelbases, with the drivetrain as standard; the 3.2-litre FSI V6 is drive.

Several of us in the evo office reservations about diesel as appropriate propulsion for proper cars, but this Audi — and doubtless the V8 turbodiesels Mercedes and BMW — demonstrates a punchy and well-mannered turbodiesel has a in high- performance luxury And that is a very peculiar to be writing.

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