We often hear the phrase that diesels are dead, especially in the performance car segment. In this episode, however, we will prove to you that diesels do not have to be boring. This will be a quick round up of the sportiest models currently on sale that out-torque gasoline mills and display impressive fuel efficiency.
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#1 2021 VW Golf GTD
The latest generation of Golf You would think that after the dieselgate, VW should have wiped out any mention of diesel engines in their cars, but the German giant is still pushing hard for the development of this technology and the new Golf GTD is the best representation of this endeavor.
#2 2020 BMW 840d xDrive
While in the US the 8 Series Coupe can be only ordered as gas-powered vehicle, in Europe, the model is available with an oil burner under the bonnet. The BMW 840d xDrive is motivated by a 3.0L straight six turbo diesel that generates 320 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque.
#3 Mercedes-Benz E400d Coupe
Mercedes has quite a numerous selection of models with the coupe moniker attached to them, but out of this group, the E-class two-door stands out as the elegant combination of performance and style. The top specced diesel labeled E400d.
#4 2021 Audi S5 Coupe TDI
The facelifted 2021 Audi S5 Coupe arrives with a 3-liter V6 TDI that is enhanced by mild hybrid technology. The mill delivers 347 horses and 516 lb-ft of toque, while a 7-speed S sport suspension distributes this output between all 4 wheels.
#5 2019 BMW Alpina D5 S
It pretty common knowledge that the German tuner Alpina installs the most powerful diesel engines on their makes. The one hidden under the D5 S hood is actually the most powerful modification: the 3-liter inline six cylinder gets not one, not two, but three turbochargers.
#6 Maserati Ghibli Diesel
Any car wearing a trident badge can rival dedicated sports cars even when powered by a diesel. The Maserati Ghibli easily gets the title of Italy’s top diesel dog.
#7 2020 BMW M340d xDrive
Out of an endless list of configurations, the BMW M340d xDrive is a performance diesel variant motivated by an inline 6 cylinder, mated to a 48-Volt mild hybrid system.
#8 2020 Jaguar XE D180
2020 Jaguar XE is refreshed across all markets. Though in the US, it is only available with 4-cyllinder gas mill, the rest of the world can still buy the entry level XE with 180-horsepower 2-liter turbo diesel.
#9 2020 BMW 2 220d Gran Coupe
2020 BMW 2 220d Gran Coupe comes featuring a 2-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine, with 190 horses and 295 lb-ft. Unlike the gas-powered versions of the 2 Series Gran Coupe, the diesel is paired exclusively with an 8-speed Steptronic gearbox and is not available with an AWD.