Unless your new to this site you will know that we have a soft spot for modern diesel engines. In fact, we think they make the whole petrol-electric hybrid â€˜solutionâ€™ obsolete. Which means, when Audi announce the impending arrival of their new range of advanced â€˜cleanâ€™ diesels, we consider it news worth reporting.
Audi published a press release this week to confirm that their new generation of diesel engines will be launched in the second half of 2008 beginning with the 3.0-litre V6 variant that will be found under the hood of the A4 and Q7 range.
The revised 3.0-litre diesel produces a healthy 178Kw/500Nm in the A4 and is optimized to achieve a further 50Nm for its application in the heavier Q7 range.
We say again that these are remarkable power and torque figures for a 3.0-litre engine with the torque challenging 6.0-litres of the Generalâ€™s finest petrol powerhouses. Audi have achieved these output levels without compromise to efficiency or emissions, in fact the new range of diesels will be Euro V compliant.
Despite the efficiency of their diesel range, Audi have confirmed that they are developing petrol-electric hybrids, admitting that they expect there to be a market for them in some regions. In the meantime we can expect the new range of diesels to be offered across the Audi range by 2010 after initially making their appearance in the A4 and Q7 range.
If you are interested in learning more about the technology behind the new diesel range as well as Audiâ€™s foray into petrol-electric hybrids then you can check out the Audi press release by clicking on the link.