Debut at AIMS

While we wait for the English translation of today's press release we can reveal to you the 'generous' power increase of the Touareg R50 over its original version. Volkswagen has squeezed 37 extra horsepower out of the 5.0 liter V10 TDI. Last week we brought you the teaser article where VW claimed that the R50 would be one of the most powerful SUV's on the road, and with 350 hp it is but there are a fair few who beat the R50 at its own horsepower game (ie Cayenne Turbo, G 55, etc).

The Touareg R50 is powered by Volkswagen's 5.0 liter V10 TDI diesel engine producing 258 kW / 350 hp (at 3500 rpm) with 850 Nm of torque (available at 2000 rpm). This is a 37 hp increase over the regular V10 TDI which results in a 6,7 seconds 0 – 100 km/h sprint and a top speed of 235 km/h. Fuel consumption comes to 12,6 liter / 100 km for combined driving conditions and 9,6 liter per 100 km for highway driving.

Volkswagen Individual has designed some new parts for the Touareg R50 exterior and interior. Starting with 21 inch wheels, black brake calipers, widened wheel arches, new side skirts, new bumper and modified grille in Chrome and matt finish. The Biscay Blue paint will be exclusive to the R50, the VW R-range is known for its blue color, but the R50 will also be available in Campanella White, Reflex Silver, Black Magic and Atacam Grey.

The new suspension system drops the SUV by 20mm and if you switch the six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission to sport mode the suspension will stiffen for a 'sportier' ride. Inside you will find the mandatory badges on the headrests and (inside) door frames, the instrument and center console receive the “Engine Spin Hell” treatment (which the R36 also received) and metal gas and brake pedals.

Sales will commence in Germany in November with a starting price of EURO 88,260.

Gallery: Volkswagen Touareg R50: In Detail

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