Top 50 Most powerful diesel cars 2020

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. Audi SQ8 TDI 435 ps
4. Audi SQ7 4.0 TDI (4M) 435 ps
5. Bentley Bentayga Diesel 435 ps
6. Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel (Mk II) 422 ps
7. GMC Sierra 2500 HD Denali 4x4 Crew Cab 403 ps
8. BMW M550d xDrive (G30) 400 ps
9. BMW 750d xDrive (G11) 400 ps
10. Alpina XD3 (G01) 388 ps
11. Alpina D5 S (G30) 388 ps
12. Audi A8 4.2 TDI (D4 385 PS) 385 ps
13. BMW 750d xDrive 381 ps
14. BMW X6 M50d (E71) 381 ps
15. VW Touareg R50 351 ps
16. Alpina D4 Biturbo Coupé (F82) 350 ps
17. Audi S7 Sportback TDI (4K8) 349 ps
18. Audi SQ5 TDI (FY) 347 ps
19. Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI Competition Special Edition 347 ps
20. Audi S4 TDI (B9) 347 ps
21. Mercedes-Benz S 400 d (W 222 facelift) 340 ps
22. Audi SQ5 Plus TDI (8R) 340 ps
23. Audi Q7 4.2 TDI (Mk I) 326 ps
24. BMW 840d Cabrio xDrive (G14) 320 ps
25. Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI (4G facelift 320 PS) 320 ps
26. BMW 540d xDrive (G30) 320 ps
27. Mercedes-Benz E 420 CDI 314 ps
28. Audi A7 3.0 TDI Quattro (313 PS) 313 ps
29. BMW 335d xDrive Touring (F31) 313 ps
30. Audi A6 3.0 TDI Quattro (C7 313 PS) 313 ps
31. BMW 740d 313 ps
32. Range Rover 4.4 TDV8 313 ps
33. VW Touareg V10 TDI 313 ps
34. Audi A6 Allroad 3.0 TDI Quattro (C7 313 PS) 313 ps
35. Mercedes-Benz C 300 de (W205) 306 ps
36. Mercedes-Benz GL 450 CDI 4Matic 306 ps
37. BMW 740d M Sport 306 ps
38. Hummer H1 Alpha 304 ps
39. Porsche Panamera Diesel (Mk I facelift) 300 ps
40. Jaguar F-Pace 3.0D AWD 300 ps
41. Jaguar XF 30d (Mk II) 300 ps
42. BMW 535d (286 PS) 286 ps
43. BMW 335d Touring 286 ps
44. BMW 335d (E90 facelift) 286 ps
45. Toyota Land Cruiser V8 4D-4D 286 ps
46. Brabus Unimog Black Edition 286 ps
47. BMW X3 3.0sd 286 ps
48. Maserati Levante Diesel (275 PS) 275 ps
49. Maserati Ghibli Diesel (275 PS) 275 ps
50. Jaguar XJ 3.0 V6 Diesel S 275 ps
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