You get a feel for the current horde of soup-up diesel powered machines that have not only prompted an exodus of budding enthusiast to turn diesel but also convinced the manufacturers themselves to bling it up both optically and inwardly which hitherto had blurred the boundaries between petrol and diesel powered cars.
I mean it wasn’t all that long ago when diesel powered cars had this less than stellar image of being undesirable, applicable only for pickups, with an altogether irritating engine noise that rendered them unfit for out and out speed slash performance applications. Sure enough it wasn’t until the middle of last decade that a turning point as per the inherent potential of diesel engines unfolded; and as ever it germinated in motor racing.
And so it was written in the annals of motorsport that in the 2006 Audi brought the groundbreaking R10 LMP1 to compete in the World Endurance Racing of that year with a perfunctory aim of winning Le Mans 24 Hours outright. It succeeded the R8 LMP1 – one of the most successful racing sports cars having won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005. Whereas the R8 had a 600-plus hp 3.6 liter twin turbo V8 mid-engine setup, the R10 relied on a 5.5 liter TDI V12 Twin Turbo mid engine & longitudinally mounted churning out 650 hp with 150 hp in extra power boost at 7000rpm (for overtaking).
Thereafter a wave of newly developed diesel technology were introduced by Audi’s detractors all of them yearning to overthrow Audi’s magnificent dominance in endurance racing. It wasn’t all that different back when Audi debuted its iconic Quattro drivetrain in the legendary early 1980s Audi Quattro S1 which rose to prominence in the short-lived Group B Rallying. Having made a stellar repo for itself as a bonafide pioneer of benchmark automobile tech, you tend to wonder just what Audi and its quattro GmbH go-faster department has in store next.
Now I am pretty darn certain all these chronological narratives are indeed known to this fine Audi’s deep-pocketed owner. You could tell that he knows his Audis not only from his personal tastes and preferences but also on how he insists on fashioning his A7 3.0 TDI Quattro remade in a ‘split image’ of the S7 & RS7. Visually from the outside in, the handsome Audi Sportback permeates with bold and discerning 100% original RS7 & S7 components – RS7 Front Bumper, RS7 Side Skirt and S7 Rear Diffuser, plus front and rear lights from the 2017 facelift version.
On the inside there’s the RS7 interior carpet, instrument cluster, foot pedal and gear knob, along with some additional novelties such as the auto park assists retrofit and a keyless entry retrofit from the S7 model. But the RS7 hand goes more than merely skin deep; nestled discreetly behind the gorgeous Michelin Pilot Super Sport wrapped 21 inch BC Forged wheels are the full-on stopping power from the RS7. Chassis upgrades consist of KW V3 suspension setup by Motorsport Division complimented with a full set of Ultra Racing stabilizer bars.
Finally we’ve come to the power upgrades of this sublime 3 liter TDI V6 Twin Turbo with a not too shabby stock output of 309bhp at 3900-4500rpm and a humongous 650Nm at 1450-2800rpm, all relayed via its trademark Quattro drivetrain via an 8 speed Tiptronic gearbox. The owner decided on a number of pretty straightforward performance enhancements: On the induction side there’s the upgraded (larger) turbo plus a Wagner Performance intercooler kit both by Euro Werks; the stock intake was replaced by a BMC air intake kit, the owner also acquired a complete Akrapovic exhaust system to replace the stock A7 pipe, and finally some tinkering was done by the ATS Automobile tuning gurus on the ECU.
Car: Audi A7 3.0 TDI Quattro 2012
Engine: 3.0L TDI V6 Twin Turbo
Engine Mods: Remap/ECU Tuning by ATS Automobile, Wagner Performance Intercooler by Euro Werks, Bigger Turbo Upgrade by Euro Werks, Full Akrapovic Exhaust System, BMC Air Intake
Chassis: KW V3 Adjustable Suspension by Motorsport Division, Full Set Ultra Racing Stabilizers bars
Brakes: RS7 Front/Rear Disc Brake, RS7 Front/Rear Caliper
Exterior: Front/Rear 2017 Facelift Headlight, RS7 Front Bumper, RS7 Side Skirt, S7 Rear Diffuser, Wald Rear Trunk Spoiler, M coat glass coating by M Coat Auto Detailing
Interior: RS7 Interior Carpet, RS7 Meter, RS7 Foot Pedal, RS7 Gear Knob, Auto Park Assists Retrofit, S7 Keyless Entry Retrofit
Wheels & Tires: BC Forged 21-inch wheel by Hupshun tyres, Michelin Pilot Super Sport 295/35/21