• Aug 27th 2010 at 3:55PM
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2011 Volkswagen Touareg – Click above for high-res image gallery

The words "performance" and "hybrid" are typically only bandied about in the same sentence by marketing types. Here in the real world, lugging around an extra few hundred pounds of batteries is no way to sharpen a vehicle's dynamics, but if the rumors kicking around the interwebs are to be believed, that's exactly what Volkswagen has planned with a new R version of the Touareg. Auto Evolution reports that engineers are hard at work on a new version of the CUV that will pack a punch from both a gasoline V8 and a powerful electric motor.

As you might imagine, specs for such a monstrosity aren't exactly solid, but the Italian rag says VW is shooting for 500 horsepower from the V8 and 47 horsepower from an electric motor. Sure, that means the high-rider will pack a grand total of 547 ponies, but we're more interested in the mountain-moving levels of torque available from such a combination. Sounds like a fine way to embarrass a Porsche Cayenne Turbo, if nothing else.

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[Source: Auto Evolution]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      This sounds like a through the road configuration, providing 4wd with the electric motor.
      • 8 Months Ago
      this is the solution to global warming and peak oil. everyone can relax now that VW has done such a good job
      • 8 Months Ago
      With all this gas power...Why in heavens nale can't such a strong gas engine supply constant power to make sure the battery pack can't drain at all during flight thus eliminating recharging at home?
        • 8 Months Ago
        Your posts suggest you really need to get a clue. Running an engine is a STUPID, POLLUTING, EXPENSIVE way to recharge a battery. Recharging a BEV at home from the power grid is the LEAST expensive and in nearly all circumstances (bar daytime in hot weather from a 100% coal-powered mix) less polluting. If you think otherwise, run a gasoline generator to power your house and let us know how you get on. Where were you in 2009 when GM explained over and over why they don't try to recharge the Volt's battery to 100% by running the engine?

        A performance hybrid car with a big battery might run its engine harder than necessary to recharge its battery to 100% to ensure it can later deliver the mightiest acceleration using both power sources. That's deliberately being wasteful in order to boost performance.

        But your question in this context is irrelevant anyway, since this possible VW does not appear to be a plug-in hybrid. (Which means it is unlikely to have a big battery.)
        • 8 Months Ago

        Thanks for the reply and info which makes it clear. I have been thinking about regular car battery generators in review of my question that just keeps the battery topped off in relation to the new battery packs used in Hybrids & thought the battery could be topped off the same way or some other way like solar or wind generation through the structure of the car etc. I'm not an engineer so threw this out to the public. Thanks for the information. Food for thought! Eric
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