The range-topping VW Touareg V8 TDI is now available to order in Europe, giving customers one last chance to get an eight-cylinder diesel from the German brand.
Under the bonnet is a 4.0-liter V8 producing 415hp (421PS) and 664lb-ft (900Nm) of torque, making the Touareg one of the most powerful diesel SUVs available in Europe. The colossal torque figure makes the big VW SUV fit for a maximum trailer weight of 3.5 tonnes (7,700lbs).
The oil burner is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive system, enabling the new Touareg V8 TDI to reach 62mph (100km/h) from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds and hit an electronically limited 155mph (250km/h) top speed.
Standard equipment includes everything from air suspension, an electronically operated tailgate, Vienna leather seats and 19-inch “Tirano” alloy wheels. Customers will get to choose between the standard Elegance and the optional Atmosphere package. The former features metal details in the cabin while the latter replaces them with a warmer wood trim. The R-Line package is also available.
The list of tech features is also quite long, and includes driver assist systems such as Night Vision, Traffic Jam and Roadwork Assist, Front Cross Traffic Assist, active all-wheel steering, and a head-up display.
Big diesel SUVs are becoming increasingly rare these days as they’re replaced with hybrid petrol models, and the Touareg V8 TDI is among the last of its breed. VW’s marketing boss previously said that this is the last V8 diesel car they’re making, which in a way means it’s pretty special.
Prices for the new VW Touareg V8 TDI start from 89,825 euros (a tad over $100k in current exchange rates) in Germany.