• Sep 1st 2010 at 3:32PM
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Last time we talked about the next-generation Volkswagen Touareg R it was to relay rumors that the high-performance SUV might drop the automaker's venerable 5.0-liter diesel V10 TDI engine in favor of a V8 hybrid powertrain. Car and Driver is kicking the ball the other way with a report that the next version of the Toureg R will indeed still be a diesel, although carrying over the V10 probably isn't in the cards.

Instead, C/D reports that VW will be using its new 4.2-liter diesel V8 already available in the European Touareg. For Touareg R duty, the oil burner will likely be pumped up from its current 340-horsepower output to 380, along with delivering enough torque to move the SUV with irresponsible abandon. That's more power than the V10 TDI produced in the old Touareg R at 350, and probably enough for the new Touareg R to keep pace with other high-performance SUVs in the segment.

The bigger news is that C/D claims the next-gen Touareg R will actually be available for sale in the U.S in 2012 as a 2013 model. The new 4.2-liter diesel V8 will apparently meet current U.S. emissions standards, at least when installed under the hood of a Touareg R.

To date, the only R model ever offered by VW in the States was the Golf-based R32. We've never had a shot at a Touareg R, though VW did intermittently sell a version of the last-generation Touareg here with the same diesel V10 TDI as the R model in Europe (also called the R50), though tuned for less power and minus the performance goodies.

[Source: Car and Driver]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's about freaking time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the current V8 TDI has 590 lbs of torque and the Torque increases proportionally to the HP the new V8 TDI should run around 660 lbs of Torque. Not bad considering the v10 TDI only had 553 lbs of torque. This engine in the lighter touareg should make the V10 engine feel weak. Sub 5 second 0-100 anyone???

      • 4 Years Ago
      hp? who cares, it's a bi-turbo DIESEL, how much torque difference are we talking about. who on earth only quotes hp for a massive diesel engine?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why doesn't the US get any of the awesome VW models like they do over in the European market? I still lust for an R36 Passat. But if we get this R model Touareg in the states you better believe the only thing standing in the way of getting one is budget.
      Al Murphy
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's about time that VW started bringing it's better offerings to the US, head to head, they'll beat anything put of Asia, hands down!
      • 4 Years Ago
      We definitely don't need another big, ugly SUV.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Heck VW could use a souped up V6, seeing as the 8 speed auto and weight reduction measures.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They already have a souped up Hybrid, Audi sourced V6. Why would they need another?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, they already have a diesel V6. If they want some triple turbocharged diesel V6, have at!