• Jun 15, 2010
VW Race Touareg 2 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Our camera-happy spy photographers were quick enough to grab a batch of shots of one very distinctive Volkswagen Touareg as it underwent mountain testing. From what we can tell, it's the next iteration of the German manufacturer's successful Race Touareg 2 – the same diesel rally raid beast that has gone toe-to-toe with other competitors in the Paris-Dakar. From what we can tell, the next-gen racer will look nearly identical to the car that competed in the 2009 series, with a few subtle changes.

The prototype our photographers spotted sports a snorkel for high-water crossings and a new brush guard – presumably for pushing obstacles from the Touareg's path and protecting its lightweight bodywork. Who knows what's under the hood, but considering the success the company has had with hits twin-turbo diesel I5, we wouldn't expect too much to change in terms of power delivery unless rule changes warrant it. VW has managed to increase the engine's power output by about 10-15 ponies each year, though, so it wouldn't surprise us to see the oil-burner top 300 horsepower for the first time.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      No contest. This Treg is not a production based vehicel at all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So badass
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can I just drive this once please. I know I can never own it, just one drive. Years ago National Guard recruiters came to our school and picked a few boys out of my class, (only the cool ones obviously) we were able to drive the military issue Hum-V's all over the place, all off road in the nearby mountains and through rivers that sent water over the hoods. It was such a blast, i think this VW would be similar.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's under the hood?
      A few radiator's maybe, the engine is mounted mid-ships I bet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      essende- my point was it would be fun to compare race vs. production since they are both intended for high speed desert running . . .
      • 4 Years Ago
      These are spy shots in exactly the same way this is a Touareg.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Zamafir: DO WANT!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yup. Looks just like a Touareg. I am sure these will be in the showroom in September.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can you guys not read? Or do many of you like being trolls just for the hell of it?

      Notice that the title of this article says RACE Touareg. Many of the race trucks in Dakar competition aren't production based.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're acting like it's the only one that doesn't look anything like its name. The Mitsubishi Racing Lancer looks absolutely nothing like a Lancer except for the headlights.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That thing is all kinds of awesome. I'd love to drive that!
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