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One Lean and Mean Diesel Machine


The Audi R8 TDI Le Mans concept made a splash at the Geneva Motor Show and at the Detroit Motor Show. And I would’nt ask why. Judging from what I’ve researched about this diesel-powered sports car of Audi, words seems not enough to describe the sporty looks and the performance of this model. This model needs to be seen and to be driven to know the difference between the Le Mans and the rest of the pretenders out there. In my alternate universe where I am a rich kid and living on a hefty inheritance from my father, this Audi R8 TDI Le Mans is at the top of my wish list.

The bodywork of the Le Mans concept is painted in red, enough to be strikingly beautiful on and off the road. Its body construction features a large glass roof on the passenger compartment, with two large transparent sections. The lighting of the Le Mans is not taken for granted, with the LED taillights. Its three-dimensional looks cannot be missed anytime. Its output is nothing to sneeze at as well, its color temperature ranges at 6,000 Kelvin and output resembles daylight much more closely than xenon or halogen light. Interior design and space is both sporty and exlusive.

But what really makes the TDI Le Mans stand out as compared to the rest is its engine. Its diesel engine is extra special and can create 500 bhp and 738 lb of torque. This sportscar can peak at 162 miles per hour and can reach 62 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds. Its fuel economy stands at 28.5 miles per gallon.

The TDI concept is often referred to as a green-diesel machine. This is validated by the fact that the sportscar fulfills the Euro 6 emissions standard. Central to the system is the special catalytic converter downstream of the oxidizing catalyst and the particulate filter. There’s an additional tank that contains an aqueous urea solution. Small quantities of this solution-known as AdBlue are injected into the exhaust system. The hot gaases eventually breaks the solution down to form ammonia, and then splits the nitric oxides into nitrogen and water.



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