Hot Volkswagen Touraeg R Arrives With 455 HP

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The first-ever Volkswagen R performance hybrid is here.

With the exception of the Golf R, Volkswagen's hot R models are traditionally forbidden fruit in the US. That means American buyers have missed out on some high-performance VWs like the PassatR and Touareg R. Sadly, this latest VW R model continues that trend: say hello to the all-new Volkswagen Touareg R. Sadly, since the regular Touareg hasn't been sold in America since the new model arrived for the 2018 model year, the new R version is unlikely to go on sale in the US.

What sets the new Touareg R apart is that this is the first VW R model to pack a hybrid powertrain. Powering the range-topping Touareg R is a 3.0-liter V6 TSI gasoline engine with 335 horsepower and a 134-hp electric motor providing a combined 455 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid powertrain is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a transfer box that sends power to a permanent 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. Combined with a central differential lock, this system can send up to 70 percent of the power to the front axle and up to 80 percent to the rear axle.

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When running on pure electric power, the Touareg R can be driven up to 86 mph before the V6 TSI engine kicks in automatically. With this setup, 0-62 mph is expected to take around five seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph. Thanks to a 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery mounted under the floor, the sporty SUV can run solely on electric power for 30 miles.

Aesthetically, aggressive bumpers, body-color bumpers and lower door sections, air intake grilles with black accents, black trim strips on the side windows and grille, black exterior mirrors, and R badging distinguish the hot Touareg R from its standard sibling. As standard, the new Touareg R rides on 20-inch alloy wheels, but these can be upgraded to 22-inch alloys. A new Lapiz Blue Metallic exterior color is also available.

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Inside, standard equipment includes a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, a 15-inch display for the infotainment system, LED matrix headlights, a panoramic sunroof, and four-zone climate control. New for the Touareg R is a black Puglia leather interior package with diamond-shaped stitching on the leather seats and door trim, and Sepang Blue piping in the seat cushion bolsters.

Optional equipment includes a 780-watt sound system, night vision, a travel assist that supports semi-autonomous driving at speeds up to 155 mph on German highways, and a lane-keeping assist. The new Touareg R is also the only plug-in hybrid SUV that offers a trailer assist to help drivers park while towing a trailer.

Pricing hasn't been announced, but VW has confirmed the new Touraeg R will go on sale in Europe in the second half of 2020. Before then, the high-performance SUV will make its public debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show next week.

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