The death of diesel? Audi says no, at least for now.
Porsche might be planning to ditch the diesel technology entirely in the foreseeable future, but their colleagues at Audi are on a completely different path. According to Motor1 France, the German brand could offer diesel variants of its sporty S6 and S7 in their next generations. Our French division contacted Audi and the company neither confirmed, nor refused the information, suggesting the idea is under consideration at the moment.
It is believed the diesel S6 and S7 would be a logical next step in the expansion of Audi’s sports division, taking into account the success of the Audi SQ5, Audi’s first S-badged car to receive a diesel mill. It was followed by the Audi SQ7, which also shows good sales numbers so far.
In addition, the sporty diesel duo would help the marque expand its market presence into a new cliché segment, where BMW is unrivaled at the moment with its M550d xDrive sedan and wagon. If the project receives the stamp of approval from Audi’s top managers, the diesel S6 and S7 will arrive well after their gasoline-powered variants. But first of all, Audi will show the new A6 and A7, with the latter expected to be presented in the next few weeks. As for the slightly less plush A6, we will see it next year.
And here comes a natural question – what motor will power the potential diesel S6 and S7? The SQ7’s V8 TDI? This is highly unlikely, simply because a V8 does not really fit the conception of these cars. More likely, the powerplant will be based on the 3.0-liter bi-TDI V6 that currently works under the hood of the Audi A6 and A7 Competition and develops 326 horsepower (243 kilowatts). Expect to see a healthy power boost which will distinguish the S versions from the standard models.