Diesel vehicles are not very popular in America for several reasons. The main reason is that gasoline is so cheap that running a diesel engine on a regular sedan does not really make sense financially speaking. Some domestic diesel-powered sports cars make literally zero sense. Moreover, diesel cars tend to be far slower than gasoline-powered ones.
However, some diesel cars can be tuned to produce insane amounts of power. The only issue is, most of these vehicles are sold in Europe where diesel cars are all the rage. In fact, car fans nationwide wish carmakers would sell these diesel performance cars in the states. Despite carmakers phasing out diesel-powered vehicles, some of those cars would satisfy a lot of domestic drivers.
10 2006 BMW 335d Coupe
The BMW 3-Series has been one of the most popular German mid-size sedan in both America and Europe. Thanks to its sleek designs and outstanding performance, the 3-Series never failed to satisfy its owners. However, there are tons of weird facts that people do not know about BMW’s sports cars.
Before diving into it, it must be clarified that BMW has never ever made a diesel M3. The owner of this 335d apparently wanted to troll other drivers. The twin-turbocharged 335d allegedly develops a cool 370hp, which is more than respectable for a diesel engine.
9 2011 BMW 335d Sedan
The 3-Series coupes are absolutely gorgeous, but the sedans are far more mature. It’s a serious machine that can pack quite some power. The diesel version, though not as powerful as its gasoline-powered counterpart, is still a great car.
Nicknamed the Stealth Bomber, this gorgeous 335d received the treatment necessary to turn a soberly powered BMW into a pure beast. Originally producing 265hp, the owner of this car did what was necessary to reach 350hp. However, this 335d is the sort of BMWs that cost more to maintain than to buy.
8 2012 E-Class Brabus
Mercedes-Benz is well-known for its extremely luxurious vehicles. Over the years, it developed some extremely beautiful cars. However, Mercedes-Benz is not just producing luxurious cars for older people, the company also manufactures some of the sportiest and fastest German cars ever.
This E-Class wagon could be among some of the best Mercedes-Benz cars ever made. It is decently powered when built by Mercedes-Benz. However, Brabus has released packages for diesel models. This E-Class has been modified to produce 313hp which is quite powerful for a diesel engine.
7 2015 Volkswagen Passat Wagon
Volkswagen is the company that triggered the whole emissions debacle. This scandal was so serious that several companies decided to scrap diesel engines altogether. Despite this scandal, Volkswagen did release some decent vehicles that deserve to get the respect of most automotive enthusiasts out there.
This Passat wagon is the kind of Volkswagen models people wish were sold in the states. Why? Simply because it is equipped with a twin-turbocharged diesel engine that produces 240hp stock. B&B Automobiltechnik decided to work on this amazing sport wagon. The result is a powerful 2.0L engine that produces 300hp.
6 2015 Audi A4
The smaller Audi sedans are usually frowned upon. Whether they are diesel or gasoline-powered, they are simply considered as women’s cars. The Audi A4 is the perfect example. They do come with some quite powerful engines for their size. Thankfully, some people do recognize the true potential of the car.
This Audi A4 was originally equipped with the 3.0 V6 TDI engine that produces 268hp. However, a true gearhead would want more of this nice sized engine. As a result, the owner of this Audi did what was necessary so the car would produce a cool 350hp. The car was also fitted with a variety of DTM parts, which gives a car a really cool look.
5 2016 Volkswagen Golf MK7
The Volkswagen Golf has been around for ages, however, the Volkswagen Golf has drastically evolved over the years. It went from being a small urban car to becoming a powerful, larger compact vehicle. Its high-end trim, the Golf-R, is almost as powerful as a Mitsubishi Evo 10.
A diesel-powered Golf is very likely to be as powerful as a blender. Since the car is equipped with a 2.0L 4-cylinder producing a disappointing 181hp, the company MR Racing figured that more power was needed. They came up with a package that boosts the engine to develop 208hp.
4 2017 BMW F80 Wagon
BMW has released some nice cars over the years. Some of its nicest cars were not always the most popular ones. The company’s widely underrated sport wagons are some of the nicest cars ever made. They are decently powered and extremely functional.
This BMW 320d is decently powered. The twin-turbocharged wagon produces 184hp, which is not bad for a car destined for the European market. Unfortunately, American BMW fans would never get the chance to drive the British-made monster. The company M Conversions has found a way to tune this beauty to produce 444hp.
3 2017 Porsche Panamera 4S
The Porsche Panamera completely changed the high-end sedan market. Maserati was already going downhill, and BMW and Audi were producing increasingly powerful sedans that were just astonishing. As a result, Porsche decided to release an ultra-luxurious sports sedan.
The tuner Race Chip looked under the hood and studied the 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8. With an original output of 422hp, the Panamera 4S diesel is not your average diesel sedan. However, Race Chip decided to turn the beast into a demon. Thanks to a perfect performance customization, the Panamera 4S now produces 505hp.
2 2020 Audi S5
Audi has been mesmerizing generations of car fans with its S-Series. The S-Series, like most fast car fans know, is the more exciting version of the A-Series. The S-Series is however not the top of the line. The RS-Series is the real deal. They are also rarer and far more expensive.
The new S5 Sportsback is one of the greatest Audis ever made. The European diesel version is equipped with a 3.0L turbo V6 developing 342hp. ABT developed a package that would help the engine produce 379hp. It also included some aesthetic parts that give the car a more racy look.
1 2020 Audi S6 Avant
The Audi S6 Avant is one of the best Audi wagon ever made. In the US, the S6 is an absolute gasoline-powered monster. Unfortunately, due to stringent regulations in Europe, the diesel version is the name of the game. That being said, Audi’s Research and Development Department did not fail to produce a mind-blowing vehicle.
The S6 has a very sporty look to begin with. It sure is nothing like a lukewarm 2006 Dodge Magnum. ABT focused its energy on increasing the torque (from 700Nm to 760Nm) and the performance of the car (from 349hp to 384hp). As a result, the S6 TDI has more torque than the gasoline-powered S6. Though its performance remains much lower than its gasoline counterpart, the S6 TDI prepared by ABT is a pure gem.
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