Though the US is still having trouble wrapping its head around the power and potential of diesel, Audi seems well aware of what it can do, and has developed the R8 V12 TDI LeMans concept car to help them strut their stuff.
Featuring “the first 12-cylinder diesel engine in a high-performance roadgoing sports car”, it generates 500 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque, propelling the car from zero to 62 mph in just 4.2 seconds, with a top speed of well over 186 mph.
It’s reached at just 1,750 rpm, meaning “effortless acceleration” that is without rival.
Thus, the question becomes: Would you switch gas pumps for a car like this?
My guess: Yes, yes you would.