• Nov 26th 2009 at 5:58PM
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Hey there, odd looking, what you got cooking? Yes, we're pretty positive you're looking (or about to be looking) at the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg caught without its robe on. Visually speaking, not much has changed. The front clip and hood look more in line with the sixth generation Golf/GTI. From behind, you can see an awful lot of Porsche Cayenne – which is not surprising as the two SUVs are very closely related – especially these days.
We're always liked the Touareg. It's one of those special Volkswagens built almost entirely out of Ferdinand Piech's adrenal glands, akin to the Phaeton and Bugatti Veyron. All three are cars built (largely) without compromise. Don't believe us? Allow us to suggest a weekend with the twin-turbo V10 TDI model – it really will bring you around to our way of thinking. 553 lb-ft of blown diesel torque at 1,800 rpm tends to have that effect on people.

The question now is, will this new 2011 Volkswagen Touareg be anywhere near as phantasmagorical as the last one? We can't say (yet), but we're thinking VW's going to probably dial the "hell yeah!" back a bit. That's just the way of things. Of course, they may not. Either way, we just hope they figure out how to make the next one more reliable. A tip of our off roadin' flap hats to Paul!

[Source: Secret New Cars]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a confession.

      I smiled when I saw the word "naked".
      • 5 Years Ago
      It almost looks SO same-y and unimaginative that it could be a Chinese copy of the old Touareg.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I question if this is really the next Touareg. It doesn't fit with the design direction VW's been going in. It's too last-gen. I hope this isn't what's in store.
        • 5 Years Ago
        exactly, why bring back the chrome shield grill if all the other vw models are moving away from it... it doesn't make sense.

        here's hoping this new t'reg won't exhibit the previous models atrocious reliability problems.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 10 cylinder diesel is an interesting exercise in excess. With a 70K sticker to match.

      The gas trims they sell in any volume are hardly thrilling even by real SUV standards.

      The fun Tourareg is the Cayenne.

      • 5 Years Ago
      The V10 makes torque like a locomotive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've been in a VW Touareg V10 TDI (as a passenger though :( )and I must say it is an amazing vehicle. A lot of torque, a lot of power, I love it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it me or those tail-lights look like stickers?
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