Audi unveils new 3.0 TDI powerhouse image

During the Vienna Motor Symposium, the VW Ag luxury brand chose to lift the curtain off its latest interpretation of the known 3.0 TDI engine, which is now labeled as a “clean diesel”, following the Euro 6 classification.

The TDI moniker has a long running history at Audi, while the actual engines evolved from rather smelly, shaky and loud equipment acquired solely for its increased fuel efficiency onto today’s incredibly efficient, powerful and refined units.

As always, the new three-liter V6 is even more powerful, more efficient and cleaner than before, offered in two versions with 160 kW (218 hp) and 200 kW (272 hp) and packed with lots of in-house tech goodies.

“TDI engines are a central part of our technology mix for the mobility of tomorrow. We have continued to perfect this technology over several decades and believe there is still potential for increasingly efficiency in the future too,” says, Audi’s boss, prof. Rupert Stadler.

“The new 3.0 TDI substantiates our claim as the leader in diesel technology,” adds prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, the chief of technical development. “We have led the competition ever since the first TDI engine 25 years ago, and are constantly extending this lead with new ideas.”

The new turbocharged V6 diesel, with 218 or 272 hp is also delivering a maximum torque of 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) and depending on the model it can have a 13% better fuel efficiency than its outgoing counterpart.