Audi TDI Power is clean, quiet, efficient, and fast. Audi has been preparing the U.S. market for TDI Power by racing the R10 TDI LMP1 prototype for the past 2 seasons (and well into a third) within the American Le Mans series; proven and consistent victories in the U.S. and at famed 24 Hours of Le Mans and 650 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque is proof of Audi endurance, reliability, performance, and high levels of technology. With around 25 mpg and over 600 highway miles of range, Audi has chosen the Audi Q7 to launch diesel because we are able to demonstrate the best of qualities of fuel efficiency and technology in a vehicle segment that is not known for these attributes. Audi Q7 TDI launches in early 2009 in the U.S. market. Audi continues to evaluate other TDI Power possibilities in the future.
Audi TDI technology marks its 20th anniversary this year with the distinction of offering U.S. consumers the world’s cleanest diesel system. It is a technology certified as meeting emissions regulations in all 50 U.S. states. That includes the California ULEV II (Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle) standards that also apply to conventional gasoline vehicles and represent one of the world’s most rigorous motor vehicle emission requirements.
Audi accomplished this without sacrificing the outstanding performance that TDI has brought to European motoring and in racing competitions worldwide. The most recent TDI-powered championship came last month when the all-new Audi R15 TDI race car won first and third place in the 12 Hours of Sebring competition.