New VW Touareg V8 TDI With 415HP Is The Definition Of Big And Brawny

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.

VW Touareg V8 TDI in the Atmosphere equipment line

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.


VW Touareg V8 TDI in the Atmosphere equipment line
  • Rocket

    I’d love to sample one. My V6 TDI was already pretty potent. Until it was “fixed” that is. Then it turned into an unresponsive turd and got sent packing.

    • Eunos

      Get it “fixed” back.

      • Rocket

        Like putting toothpaste back into the tube, it couldn’t be unfixed.

  • Aelwyn

    I wonder why we only get the Tiguan and Atlas in the US. The Touareg is easily the best-looking SUV that VW makes.

    • TheHake

      It’s expensive. And US buyers don’t want to pay.

      • Aelwyn

        It may be expensive, but it’s utter nonsense to suggest it’s because US buyers won’t pay. If there’s one thing we’re good at, it’s going into massive debt to buy vehicles we can’t afford. In doing some research, it looks like the Touareg isn’t available here because its price point isn’t in line with VW’s brand positioning in the US. It’s encroaching on Audi price territory, while VW is considered more of an “economy” brand in the States. Still a shame, though, as the new Touareg is nicer looking than Audi’s SUV lineup too (with the possible exception of the Q8).

  • Joseph Osso

    I would go for this especially with VW’s new warranty, but it would probably cost $90k here.

  • nauticalone

    Nice vehicle! I live in the Caribbean and have wanted a new Touareg for several years. However the warranty is poor here – two years? While Audi offers five. Last year I came across a practically brand new (1,600 miles) Touareg with the Wolfsburg Edition package at an incredible price ($14,000 below MSRP) and so decided to buy it and do without the warranty (as that would cease upon exporting from USA). It’s been 18 months now and I love the vehicle.
    I wouldn’t likely do this again though as the new Touareg is considerably more expensive and no longer available in the USA as lightly used to export. And because I don’t really like the Audi SUV line’s styling / size (with its attractive 5 year warranty) I’m finding myself more drawn to the BMW X5 – which also has a 5 year warranty, and several years free service included also.
    I can hope though that VW improves its warranty to match its Audi products by the time I’m ready to replace my current Touareg??

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