Top 50 Most powerful diesel cars 2021

Diesel engines are not known to set new power records, mostly because they are slow revving engines consuming slow-burning, thick oil-like fuel.

Diesel engine is a workhorse - its purpose is to produce certain amount of power consistently without wearing out, overheating or failing in any way. You can say that diesel engines are "heavy duty" engines and, moreover, they are the more efficient type, compared to gasoline engines.

This is why diesel engines are used in every large truck, non-electric train, most naval vessels and nearly all industrial scale AC generator systems.

Despite the focus on efficiency and reliability, certain car manufacturers do offer high performance diesel car engines.

Below is a list of most powerful diesel cars (and trucks), sorted by maximum power. The top positions historically have been populated by German cars and SUVs by Audi, BMW, VW and Mercedes. These manufacturers offer high injection pressure, high boost turbo diesel engines with multiple turbo chargers and, in some cases, even mild hybrid systems.

This list is limited by available data and new vehicles will be added as new data arrives.


Rank Make and model Power
1. Trident Iceni Magna (performance package) 669 ps
2. Audi Q7 V12 TDI (Mk I) 500 ps
3. USSV Rhino GX 446 ps
4. Audi SQ8 TDI 435 ps
5. Audi SQ7 4.0 TDI (Mk II) 435 ps
6. Bentley Bentayga Diesel 435 ps
7. Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel (Mk II) 422 ps
8. GMC Sierra 2500 HD Denali 4x4 Crew Cab 403 ps
9. BMW X6 M50d (G06) 400 ps
10. BMW M550d xDrive (G30) 400 ps
11. BMW 750d xDrive (G11) 400 ps
12. BMW X7 M50d (G07) 400 ps
13. BMW X5 M50d 400 ps
14. Alpina D5 S Touring 388 ps
15. Alpina XD3 (G01) 388 ps
16. Alpina D5 S (G30) 388 ps
17. Audi A8 4.2 TDI (D4 385 PS) 385 ps
18. BMW 750d xDrive 381 ps
19. BMW X6 M50d (E71) 381 ps
20. Alpina D3 S Touring (G21) 355 ps
21. Alpina D3 S (G20) 355 ps
22. VW Touareg R50 (Mk I facelift) 351 ps
23. Alpina D3 Biturbo Touring (F31) 350 ps
24. Alpina D4 Biturbo Coupé (F82) 350 ps
25. Alpina D3 Biturbo (F30) 350 ps
26. Audi S7 Sportback TDI (4K8) 349 ps
27. Audi S6 Avant TDI (C8) 349 ps
28. Audi S4 Avant TDI (B9) 347 ps
29. Audi SQ5 TDI (FY) 347 ps
30. Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI Competition Special Edition 347 ps
31. Audi S4 TDI (B9) 347 ps
32. BMW M440d (G22) 340 ps
33. Mercedes-Benz S 400 d (W 222 facelift) 340 ps
34. Audi SQ5 Plus TDI (8R) 340 ps
35. Mercedes-Benz GLS 400d 330 ps
36. Mercedes-Benz GLE 400d Coupe 330 ps
37. Mercedes-Benz G 400 d 330 ps
38. Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 d 330 ps
39. Mercedes-Benz GLC 400d 330 ps
40. Mercedes-Benz E 400 d T-Modell 330 ps
41. BMW X3 M40d 327 ps
42. Audi Q7 4.2 TDI (Mk I) 326 ps
43. BMW 840d Cabrio xDrive (G14) 320 ps
44. Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI (4G facelift 320 PS) 320 ps
45. BMW 540d xDrive (G30) 320 ps
46. Mercedes-Benz E 420 CDI 314 ps
47. Audi A7 3.0 TDI Quattro (313 PS) 313 ps
48. BMW 335d xDrive Touring (F31) 313 ps
49. Audi A6 3.0 TDI Quattro (C7 313 PS) 313 ps
50. BMW 740d 313 ps
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ArCool  8m ago

...umm well wow