• Oct 9th 2007 at 2:31PM
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After releasing a teaser last week, Volkswagen finally let loose official details about the Touareg R50 before its debut at the Sydney Motor Show this Sunday. VW tweaked the ECU to huff extra boost into the twin-turbo'd 5.0-liter V10 TDI, which now produces 350 HP at 3,500 RPM and peak torque of 627 lb.-ft. at 2,000 RPM. That allows the bespoke blue behemoth to sprint to 62 in 6.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 146 MPH.

The Touareg's R-treatment isn't limited to the extra grunt, as VW's Individual group equipped the R50 with 21-inch rollers wrapped in 295mm gumballs that frame blue-painted brake calipers. The front clip gets a revised bumper and a grille coated in a matte finish, while flared wheel arches and new side skirts give the R50 a more planted persona. The inside gets swathed in Nappa leather complete with the "R50" logo stitched into the seats and engraved into the doorsills.

When the Touareg R50 goes on sale this November, consumers will have their choice of five color combos: Biscay Blue, Campanella White, Reflex Silver, Black Magic and Atacam Gray.

Volkswagen's press release is posted after the jump.


The Touareg R50: World Premiere in Sydney

Impressive power: The V10 TDI of the Touareg R50 develops 350 PS of power and 850 Newton-meter of torque

Exclusive features: Distinctive exterior, leather sport seating system, 21-inch wheels and air suspension sport chassis

Wolfsburg / Sydney, October 08, 2007. In a world premiere, Volkswagen will be presenting the Touareg R50 on October 11 at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. Its power of 258 kW / 350 PS (at 3,500 rpm) positions the new Touareg version among the most powerful SUVs in the world. The Touareg R50 can be ordered in Germany at prices starting at 88,260 Euro; it will be introduced to the market this November.

The engine characteristic of the Touareg R50 is marked by a torque level nearly unattainable by the competition: The V10 TDI of the Touareg R50 develops its enormous power of 850 Newton-meter at a low 2,000 rpm. The turbo diesel was derived from the well-known ten cylinder with 230 kW / 313 PS. Adjustments to its turbo charging and modified engine management enabled a 28 kW / 37 PS increase in power and a considerable 100 Newton-meter increase in maximum torque. Under these new parameters, the SUV accelerates to 100 km/h in just 6.7 seconds (production car: 7.4 seconds); its top speed is 235 km/h. In relation to engine power and vehicle size, the fuel consumption of the production ten-cylinder diesel equipped with a particulate filter is a moderate 9.6 liters per 100 km (highway) and 12.6 liters per 100 km (overall). Despite big gains in power and torque, its DIN fuel consumption values have remained constant compared to the Touareg V10 TDI.

In keeping with the performance potential of the R50, Volkswagen Individual designed new exterior and interior features according to the R philosophy. From the outside, the new Touareg R50 is easy to recognize with its 21-inch Omanyt type alloy wheels and size 295 tires, blue painted brake calipers, discrete wheel well flares, side skirts and distinctive bumpers (Sport Design Package), as well as a modified radiator grille (in a matte finish chrome).
Offered exclusively on the Touareg R50 is the car color "Biscay blue". Blue hues of this type have been typical of the high-powered R models since the first Golf R32 was introduced in the year 2002. Offered as optional car colors on the Touareg R50 are "Campanella white", "Reflex silver", "Black Magic" and "Atacam gray".

The car's extensive features also include an air suspension sport chassis: The so-called "Driving dynamics package with adaptive roll compensation" and chassis lowered by twenty millimeter supplements the "Sport" mode of the manually or automatically controlled air suspension by achieving a stiffer spring rate.

On the inside, the SUV's features include a sport seating system in anthracite-colored nappa leather with R50 logo integrated in the headrests. The logo was also integrated in the stainless steel tread plates. Also in keeping with the sporty character of the Touareg is the light-colored "engine spin" decor of the interior – a metallic structure similar to that previously used on race cars – as well as metal worked caps for the accelerator and brake pedals. An R50 logo also decorates the gearshift lever of the six-speed automatic transmission (Tiptronic). Standard features the Touareg R50 also include a winter package (including seat heating for the rear seats), the Premium Memory Package (including electrically adjustable seats, steering column and seatbelt height), net partition behind the rear seats and a ski sack.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      so maybe it is pointless, and i'm sure there are other ways i would spend what is likely to be a LOT of money; but i certainly wouldn't turn down the chance to drive it... i mean, its a beast of an engine - it's gotta be pretty damn fun
      • 8 Years Ago
      What if you need a vehicle that can tow over 5000lbs and can go faster than 145mph.

      Too bad Audi doesn't let VW use their diesel V8 or V12.
        • 8 Years Ago
        SUV's are useless. The same job could be done by pickups or AWD wagons in all cases. But a bunch of neanderthals with overcompensation issues go these great big heavy trucks because they think it will solve their self esteem problems.
      Jonathan Hicks
      • 8 Years Ago
      Will it arrive in America?
      • 8 Years Ago
      SUVs are generally pointless, but "sporty" SUVs really don't make any sense at all to me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      lol.. good word usage there Damon

      It looks like there is more than one Brad here.. o_O
      • 8 Years Ago
      SUVs are pointless unless you really need to haul a lot of people or stuff AND you go off-road or on bad roads. That said, since most people who buy SUVs do neither, I am perfectly fine with something like this Touareg - it's taking something that's silly and just making it more silly. If someone wants to spend the $$$ for that, who cares?
        • 8 Years Ago
        The regular Touareg if used for its purposes it actually very good
        it is a great off-roader that has a large towing capacity(especially in diesel form) and is a comfortable car with nice interior
      • 8 Years Ago
      Another judgmental treehugger with holier-than-thou attitude. Sometimes people need to move a piece of bulky furniture or haul around large crowd or go through a road after heavy snowfall--I don't think any of this is "pointless."
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm no treehugger and I stand by what I said. 99% of SUV drivers are soccer moms who should buy a wagon or minivan if they had any sense. Performance SUVs are the height of ridiculousness. Buy a friggen 5 series and be done with it, you can't make a tractor into a track day toy. Even a garden variety V6 Accord is faster than this dinosaur.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Actually, V6 Accord is kind of rapid. 6.7 seconds to 60 is a time the Honda is capable of.

        • 8 Years Ago
        "Even a garden variety V6 Accord is faster than this dinosaur."

        dumbest thing i've heard in a long time...
        • 8 Years Ago
        If you're not a treehugger then why would SUVs elicit such strong negative emotions? People have reasons for driving SUVs that are no less valid than driving a sedan, sometimes "friggin 5 series" just wouldn't do. As for this Touareg being no faster than V6 Accord, check out X5 4.8 or Cayenne Turbo-they would change your idea about tractors on racetracks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why? I mean seriously, who needs a SUV that goes to 60mph in 6 seconds? If you want speed get a sportscar. This is just another nice but expensive VW.
        • 8 Years Ago
        What if you need more than speed? Room for 5 people and 2 bikes? Power to tow a boat? Off-roading capacity for winter or going to the countryside? What if you don't want to/cannot afford both a race car and a jeep, so you'd rather have it in one car? Why is idea of compromise in a car so alien to many people?
      • 8 Years Ago
      SUVs pointless? Where I'm from they're used for traveling up to highlands for summer vacations and glacial treks in the winter.

      Granted, where I live now they're mostly used by soccer moms and show-offy executives (I've grown to hate the sight of a black Range Rover, they're effing everywhere) but that doesn't make them pointless.

      Most of them may be used for pointless things but in my mind that reflects more poorly on the owners than on the hapless vehicles themselves.
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