Volkswagen has launched a new V6 petrol engine in the Touareg. Already on sale in the United Kingdom, it’s priced from £52,635 ($69,213/€61,222) in the SEL spec, while buyers can also opt for the better-equipped R-Line and R-Line Tech trim levels.
The new 3.0-liter V6 TSI has a peak output of 340 PS (335 hp / 250 kW), delivered between 5,300 and 6,400 rpm, and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque produced between 1,340 and 5,300 rpm. Power is directed to the standard 4Motion all-wheel drive system via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a limited-slip differential.
“The addition of a powerful petrol engine to the Touareg range now gives customers three options – the choice between one petrol and two diesel units ensures that there’s a Touareg for all customers”, said Project Manager Brian Luckie. “Being available in the same technology-packed specs as the existing range means that the Touareg’s long list of talents now includes the flexibility of being available in both petrol and diesel forms throughout the lineup.”
The V6-powered petrol version is capable of hitting 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.9 seconds from a standstill, and has a 250 km/h (155 mph) top speed. That’s 1 second slower than the new 4.0-liter V8 TDI-powered Touareg, whose maximum speed is also electronically capped to 250 km/h (155 mph).
On average, the Touareg V6 TSI returns 31.7 mpg UK (8.9 lt/100 km / 26.4 mpg US) and its CO2 emissions stand at 203 g/km. Despite being 50 kg (110 lbs) lighter than the diesel-powered models, it has an identical towing capability of 3,500 kg (7,716 lbs).
In the UK, the Touareg range kicks off from £49,095 ($64,558/€57,105) for the 231 PS (228 hp / 170 kW) 3.0-liter V6 TDI SEL, while the more powerful 286 PS (282 hp / 210 kW) version adds a £2,600 ($3,419/€3,024) premium. As for the new V6 TSI, the top-of-the-line R-Line Tech trim commands a £59,235 ($77,892/€68,899) asking price.