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Volkswagen Touareg R

Volkswagen Touareg R

REVIEW

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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Stats

Engine / CylsHybrid Power456bhp
Displacement2.9ltr Torque700 Nm
Engine PositionFront Top Speed155mph
DrivetrainAWD CO2n/a g/km
MPGn/a mpg Retail Price£75,000
0-62mph5.0secs Cash Alternative£60,000

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