The Volkswagen Touareg is the biggest vehicle in the German brand’s lineup to receive the R treatment. It might not carry a massive 5.0-liter V10 inside its hood, but the Touareg R is still. as powerful as the R badge model it followed.
Much of the Touareg R’s fame comes from its plug-in hybrid powertrain setup, driven by its 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine developing 335 horsepower (250 kilowatts) and a 134 horsepower (100 kW) electric motor. Combined, the hybrid configuration produces a total of 456 hp (340 kW) and a massive torque of 516 lb-ft (700 Newton-meters).
The numbers above allow the hot SUV to go from 0 to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in about five seconds. As seen in the video embedded at the top of this Youtube page Automann-TV, the Touareg R can perform this sprint in 5.3 seconds in a real environment. As for 100-200 km / h (62-124 mph), the Touareg recorded a 12.8 second run based on the video.
Considering that the Touareg R here weighs 5,181 pounds (2,350 kilograms) and was fitted with wide 22-inch wheels, those numbers were an impressive feat – but of course, not as impressive as the Jeep Grand’s less than 4-second acceleration. Cherokee Trackhawk. rate.
Then again, the Touareg R is the first R model to have a plug-in hybrid powertrain and can run on pure electricity at speeds of up to 140 km / h. Best of all, it can run emissions-free for up to 30 miles, making it a pretty handy SUV if you’re scrimping on gas money.
Too bad, the Touareg R is still a banned fruit for the US market, with only the smaller Tiguan R under consideration for North American buyers.