The hybrid V6-powered Touareg vary-topper is on sale now for a somewhat punchy place, but customary equipment levels are impressive
Girls folks and gents – please enable us to current what is by far the most costly R-badged VW product ever. It’s the fresh Touareg R, which VW UK has honest made readily accessible to reveal for £71,995.
That sounds esteem loads when the considerably faster and arguably extra exotic Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio we’re for the time being running as a longtermer is handiest a broad extra, but take into accout, the Touareg is one dimension up. And despite all the pieces, while it could perchance per chance proudly wear an R badge, its correct competition comes from vehicles esteem the BMW X5 45e in internet page of any out-and-out performance SUVs.
One of those will place apart you support about £10,000 less, but you’ll must add all kinds of alternate choices to the X5 to bring the spec as a lot as an acceptable stage. No such field with the Touareg R, which makes utilize of the already beneficiant Murky Edition neat stage and bolsters it by lobbing on even extra kit as customary.
You gain air suspension which might bustle 25mm decrease than assorted Touaregs, 22-mosey ‘Estoril’ wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a 360-degree camera, an upgraded infotainment machine, four-zone local climate alter and hundreds extra moreover. You even gain six USB sockets. Non-public the total issues you furthermore might can payment!
Alongside with the total extra toys, the Touareg moreover has titillating styling courtesy of some slightly extra aggressive entrance and rear bumpers, and the expected smattering of R badges. And doubtless, you furthermore might can include it within the signature R paint coloration of Lapiz blue if you’d esteem.
It’s powered by a twin-turbo V6 supplemented by an electric motor and a 14.1kWh battery pack. Not like a host of ‘all-wheel pressure’ hybrids, the Touareg R doesn’t merely vitality all four wheels by having the engine vitality one terminate of the car and the motor the assorted. As an different, the motor lives at some level of the eight-hasten automatic gearbox, which feeds vitality to each axles through an packed with life centre differential.
This setup makes for a 0-62mph time of 5.1 seconds, making it the fastest current model of the Touareg, albeit no longer the fastest third-gen derivative ever. The V8 TDI Touareg managed the benchmark recede in fair 4.9 seconds, though it never came to the UK, and has since long previous out of producing.