With the title Diesel Car it’s pretty obvious what kind of cars we tend to favour – diesels.
That said, it doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate petrol cars, there are plenty of cars with petrol powerplants we wish ran diesel.
Here’s our Top 5.
1. Porsche 911
The legendary sports car celebrates its 50th birthday this but for all the different models over the years Porsche have never built a diesel. Today the company produces the Cayenne with its superb diesel engine, so why not the 911? Traditionalists would be up in arms, but remember the outcry when Porsche announced a 4×4 and look how many people have bought those. It might just work…
2. Ford Focus ST Estate
You can’t beat a fast Ford – from the days of the Escort Mexico, to the XR3i and now the Focus ST, there’s been an undeniable appeal wrapped up behind the blue oval. The current Focus ST Estate not only looks great, but drives great too. With Ford’s range of excellent diesel engines it seems like an easy option.
3, Audi R8
Audi know how to build a quick diesel – the 300+bhp V6 BiTDi is a case in point and the R8 has grabbed plenty of headlines. You think the two would go hand in hand but bar a concept car shown in 2008 the model has gone no further. That concept used a 5.9 litre V12 TDi with almost 740ft lb of torque. In terms of performance it must have been incredible. A pity then that Audi don’t appear to be planning to build it. Hopefully they’ll reconsider.
4. Toyota GT86
The Toyota GT86 won acclaim from motoring journos and driving enthusiasts alike thanks to its smart styling, impressive affordability and glorious driving dynamics. The GT86 is also sold by Subaru, as the BRZ, so why not build one with a Subaru Boxer diesel? Leave the road manners undisturbed but add more torque and better fuel economy. Where do we sign?
5. Renaultsport Megane
In terms of front-wheel drive handling, Renaultsport’s chassis dynamics are hard to beat. Add in Megane’s head-turning style, made even better by the most recent facelift, and it’s easy to see why the Renaultsport range is so popular.
So why not a diesel version? SEAT has offered the Leon FR in TDi trim for years and VW offer a diesel GTi, it’s time the French caught up.