2012 Audi S7 Sportback spy shots
The cars are the sportier ‘S’ variants of the luxury sedan and sportback and in the U.S. they are expected to feature a brand new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 developing well in excess of 400 horsepower. However, in fuel conscious Europe, the new cars are expected to offer high-performance diesel powertrains as an additional option.
The advantages of modern diesels are well known, namely, their high-torque characteristics and low fuel consumption. But sadly, in the U.S., a lack of fuel stations that supply diesel as well as a stigma towards the alternative fuel has kept its popularity low.
According to a new report, both the upcoming Audi S6 and S7 will feature an uprated version of the automaker’s existing 3.0-liter turbodiesel in Europe, delivering some 300 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. Importantly, these would be the first Audi S models fitted with a diesel powertrain and the first with more than one engine option.
This marks a major step in a new direction for Audi and for luxury automakers in general but the move is not all that surprising. Audi already offers a turbodiesel engine in its TT sports car overseas and the automaker has consistently achieved winning results with its range of TDI diesel powered Le Mans race cars over the years.