Though the R8 was launched at the 2006 Paris Auto Show, Audi has now created a design study to showcase its new LeMans-winning V12 TDI.
Changes to the show car delve much deeper than just a shoehorned V12 diesel into a standard R8 engine bay. Finished in a matte silver hue, the concept has larger louvered air intakes nestled in the sides of the bumper, a trait continued in the rear outlets. The tailpipes are cleanly integrated into that element instead of protruding from purpose-built openings in the rear bumper, as on the production model.
Inside, the V12 TDI concept is distinguishable by its steering wheel-mounted red start/stop buttton, additional aluminum and carbon fiber elements, and racing-style sports seats.
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Audi R8 V12 TDI concept - Detroit 2008