The T-Roc R won’t be the only powerful Volkswagen SUV to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
The automaker has just announced that the Touareg range-topper will debut an eight-cylinder turbo diesel engine at the Swiss event. The 4.0-liter V8 TDI unit delivers 421 PS (415 hp) and a monumental 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque.
Hits 100km/h (62mph) in under 5 seconds
Hooked to an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard 4Motion AWD, the brawny engine enables the Touareg to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Interestingly, these performance specs are identical to the smaller T-Roc R that has half as many cylinders.
In order to reassure customers who get easily restless when hearing the words “Volkswagen” and “diesel” pronounced in the same sentence, the automaker says the new V8 model complies with the Euro 6d-Temp emission standard.
Customers who will go for the Touareg V8 TDI will get more than just a more powerful engine. Included in the package are goodies such as the air suspension, Vienna leather upholstery, power tailgate, comfort seats, an anti-theft alarm system, stainless steel pedals, automatic headlights, and automatically dimming exterior mirrors. Additionally, the Touareg V8 TDI comes equipped as standard with 19-inch Tirano alloys instead of Touareg V6 models’ 18-inch wheels.
The eight-cylinder Touareg will be available in the standard Elegance design package or the Atmosphere package. The former offers an interior dominated by metal and cool color tones while the latter brings a warmer ambiance thanks to wood and natural tones.
Sorry, it’s not coming to the States
The VW Touareg V8 TDI will go on sale in European markets at the end of May, and as with the rest of the range, it won’t be sold in America.