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For several years now, Volkswagen has been running diesel-powered Touaregs in a variety of off-road series around the world, including the Dakar Rally, and in the last couple of years, they have won their classes at the Baja 500 and Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The versions used so far have run either a 2.5L five-cylinder engine or the 5.0L V10. Arciero-Miller Racing announced at last year's SEMA show that it was building a new Touareg to compete in the SCORE Trophy Truck Open Production – Unlimited Class. During the inaugural Jetta TDI Cup race last weekend, VW of America PR boss Steve Keyes revealed that the new truck would be powered by the 6.0L V12 TDI diesel that is going into the Audi Q7 TDI V12. That's also the same engine that propels the Audi R8 TDI concept. The tube frame Touareg Trophy Truck will be covered with body work developed by VW that looks vaguely like a Touareg while being a foot longer. The automaker hasn't announced were it will unveil the new off-road racer this fall, but it is scheduled to run in the Baja 1000 this November.
[Source: Diesel Forecast]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      How about they give me the Touareg with the 5cyl diesel 2wd, and not make it weigh 4800 pounds and it'll be a good car. 15-16'' wheels work too. I dont understand why it has to be a bohemoth.

      Cayenne, Touareg, and now Q7 are all to simliar. Give me some model discrepancy. Thats the entire point of sharing platforms isnt it? Make VW affordable and smaller again damnit
        • 7 Years Ago
        Pretty much everything you said...hah
        • 7 Years Ago
        But I want it in America is my complaint. ARg
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Touareg is already available with a 2.5 Inline 5 TDI in the form of the Touareg R5.

        The Tiguan is only available with 4 Inline 4 diesels. And not available with FWD, only AWD.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nobody wants 5-cyl with 15/16 inch tires on Touareg. OMG. Why not have 3-cyl with 13 inch tire on Camry?

      • 7 Years Ago
      This thing will conquer all!!