VW Touareg R Variant Debuts As Its First Plug-in Hybrid

Volkswagen is now adding a new variant to its Touareg and it now has a high-performance R variant.

The Touareg R joins the Golf R and T-Roc R in an expanding lineup at the R division and comes powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain good for 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

The combustion engine puts out a respectable 335 horsepower while the electric motor delivers an additional 134 hp for a combined output of 456 hp and a generous torque of 700 Newton-meters (516 pound-feet). For the sake of comparison, the other hot Touareg in the lineup, the V8 TDI model, is rated at 416 hp and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) from its 4.0-liter turbodiesel shared with the Audi SQ7.

The Touareg R is VW’s very first R model to have a plug-in hybrid powertrain and can run solely on electric power at speeds of up to 87 mph (140 km/h) thanks to a lithium-ion battery pack mounted in the trqunk area. The electrified SUV has enough juice for a zero-emissions range of up to 30 miles (48 kilometers), while the hybrid punch is estimated to enable a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) run in about five seconds en route to an electronically governed 155 mph (250 km/h).

The third PHEV model in VW’s European lineup after the Golf and Passat GTE models, the Touareg R also represents the company’s first all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid model.

The VW Touareg R will celebrate its public debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show where it will share the spotlight with two other hot new VWs.


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