The automaker has redesigned its ubiquitous and sweet-hearted 3.
0-liter diesel V-6, which powers a host of the brand’s TDI models as well as many other VW Group vehicles, and the engine is more powerful.
Today, the VW Group’s shared (but Audi-designed) 3.0-liter V-6 TDI engine puts out 240 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque in the U.S. in stuff like the Volkswagen Touareg, Audi A8, Porsche Cayenne, and Audi Q7. The new 3.0-liter will be offered in two strengths, with the burlier of the two putting out 268 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. The lesser version still makes 225 horsepower—same as the old 3.0-liter before a recent upgrade added 15 ponies—and an unspecified amount of twist.
In four-ringed showrooms, today’s 3.0-liter V-6 TDI is offered in the Audi A6, A7, A8, Q5, and Q7 TDI models, and we expect Audi will begin to phase those engines out and begin integrating the new 3.0-liter in the near future. (Same goes for VW and its Touareg and Porsche and its Cayenne.) A U.S. Audi representative we spoke to couldn’t confirm if or when the engine might reach our market, but again, it would seem a foregone conclusion that the engine will come soon. After all, how can you argue with more efficiency and more power?