Starting next year, the new Audi 3.0 liter V6 TDI engine will be offered across its lineup, offering more power and efficiency over the outgoing model. You’re gonna like these numbers; in addition to being 13% more efficient, the new Audi motor can make up to 442 ft-lbs of torque. Got any tree stumps you need yanked out of the ground?
While that may not be the best use of your luxury sedan or SUV, with that kind of torque you could certainly make a go at it. The new V6 motor features 90-degree cylinder banks and efficiency-improving features like low-friction piston rings, a variable-load oil pump, and an improved heat management system that ensures the engine runs at peak efficiency. Audi will offer the V6 in two different flavors, making either 215 or 268 horsepower, versus the 240 horsepower of the outgoing model.
Audi hasn’t specified what cars will get the new V6 TDI, but in the current Audi A6 TDI, the 3.0 liter engine is good for 38 MPG on the highway and 24 in the city, for a combined rating of 29 MPG. A 13% boost should easily push the highway mileage over 40 MPG, making the A6 TDI one of the most efficient large sedans you can buy. The new engine even meets the super-strict Euro 6 emissions standards, averaging 15 grams of CO2 less than its predecessor. Other likely candidates for this engine besides the A6 are the Audi A8, Q5, and Q7.
I mean really, what’s not to love here? 40 MPG. Almost 450-ft-lbs of torque. I’m lovin’ it anyway you put it.