Volkswagen Touareg R – German craziness redefined as a hybrid SUV in VWs flagship model
Volkswagens habit of producing performance automobiles with a large ride height has reached a completely new level. Not too long ago, the company T-Roc R. A car I actually reviewed some weeks back, and will release a video on YouTube testing it thoroughly. However, the Touareg R has launched Volkswagen in the territory of mega capable, and fast, big size SUVs.
This is what Volkswagen needs to do, at least according to me. There was a time when VW produced, albeit efficient, usable and sometimes stylish, cars that more than often were as intriguing as a bowl of oatmeal, if you look aside the Golf GTI, R and a rare occasion of CC. The revolution of faster than normal models ranging from more small and nimble to more luxurious is here and the new Golf GTI and Touareg R are absolute proof.
What is it that makes me ramble on about a revolution then? The simple answer is that there has been an obvious gap in VWs lineup. A gap that I truly believe have been filled with upmost certainty.
As usual with VW, with power comes usefulness. Permanent 4 wheel drive, called 4MOTION, and a maximum towing capacity of 3.5 tons from a hybrid is downright impressive. Much thanks to the turbocharged 3 litre v6 producing 340 hp. That will hopefully give the Touareg R a nice song from the exhaust. Combined with an electric engine with 136 hp, the power output is 462 (why it is lower than the added maximum output from both engines I do not know). The battery is 14.1 kWh and it is technically possibly to reach 140 km/h in pure electric drive. The range with only the electric engine is not mentioned though.
R specific interior with diamond stitched leather can also be found. I mean, just look at those seats! The exterior gets R familiar treatment, found in both the T-Roc R and old Golf R. Blacked out details, lower and wider front air intakes and 20 inch alloy wheels, which are of course also black. One thing that I had to mention is the rear. It reminds me of an Audi Q7 from 2014. Other than that, it does look stunning in the black and blue combo. The general shape of the car fills the R shoes nicely.
No price has been announced, but as the Executive addition lies on 90 k euros. The Touareg R may very well reach a healthy bit over 100 k. The car will be available to the public in the second half of 2020.