Audi boss Rupert Stadler has hinted at a diesel-powered future for Audi’s RS models, with a possible diesel R8 in the pipeline and a Le Mans-inspired road car, too.

Speaking at a TDI event celebrating the success of Audi’s diesel models, Stadler said: “We have been the first to bring a diesel in the SQ5 and why shouldn’t we be prepared for the next step?” Speaking about the RS5 TDI Concept – fitted with a 3.0 BiTDI engine featuring an additional electric turbo, Stadler said: “If you feel the heat of the concept you will know the [RS] genetic code is prepared for a lot of things.”

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