VW’s R brand has been a roaring success since it was born; the Golf R taking accolades for best hot hatch ever since it came out, even in the face of tough competition, while the T-Roc R has recently added a more practical, high riding medium SUV to the stable.
Now it’s the turn of the big SUV – the Touareg to get its own R model, though this time there’s a new twist – hybrid power. The R’s powertrain comprises a 335bhp turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 mated to a 134bhp electric motor that sits between the engine and the 8-spd automatic gearbox and is powered by a 14.1kWh battery mounted beneath the boot floor.
Combined they produce 456bhp and 700Nm, which is enough for a 5.0 second sprint to 62mph and you can drive 30 miles on EV power only up to 87mph. This means you can get the benefits of power and economy – a rare thing in a large SUV.
Visually the Touareg R is far more aggressive, with all the usual chrome now in gloss black, large black alloys and larger, more aggressive intakes in the front bumper.
This is a surprising but very welcome addition to the VW R lineup and one we can’t wait to drive.
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|Engine / CylsHybrid||Power456bhp|
|Engine PositionFront||Top Speed155mph|
|MPGn/a mpg||Retail Price£75,000|
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