The mighty 4.0-litre, 310kW and 900Nm Twin Turbocharged Diesel V8 Volkswagen Touareg will be hitting Australian shores in the fourth quarter of 2020 in fully equipped R-line specification.
Power is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission, with the luxury SUV capable of reaching 100km/h from rest in just 4.9 seconds – 0.1 behind the Australian-specification Golf R performance hatchback, along with a combined fuel usage figure of 7.4L/100km.
Sharing much of the platform and powertrain with Bentley and Audi, Volkswagen’s take on the V8 TDI eschews an electric compressor for the use of two sequential turbochargers and the ability to switch the four-valve cylinder-heads to three valves at low revs.
Volkswagen says “Until 2200 rpm the twin turbo V8 diesel slides the camshaft to close one of the exhaust valves, so all of the gases are directed at one propeller wheel. This assistance results in spinning up the variable-geometry turbocharger and providing full power with exceptional smoothness and rapidity as it revs to 5000rpm.” Maximum torque is present between 1250rpm-3250; full power from 3500-5000rpm.
The Touareg V8 will arrive in fully equipped R-line specification, with only two options to choose – the exterior colour, and whether or not you want a panoramic glass sunroof. With cargo carrying capacity of 810 litres in the boot, you can haul a lot, very quickly, very comfortably.
Local pricing is yet to be confirmed, however, Volkswagen Group Australia Managing Director Michael Bartsch said that the Touareg V8’s sticker will reflect the value equation well established by new generation Touareg V6s.
“Even fully loaded, the Touareg V8 will undercut the starting price of its rivals to be the best value proposition in the premium large SUV segment,” Mr Bartsch said.
“Luxury SUV performance of the Touareg V8’s calibre won’t be found elsewhere for less than $160,000. Nothing will approach the value of the Toaureg’s standard equipment for very much under $180,000 at the most competitive.
“Volkswagen Group Australia was the first European national sales company to establish five-year unlimited kilometre factory warranty for all its brands, which is still not universal among our rivals. This warranty remains permanently available in all new Volkswagens along with optional Care Plans that reduce the cost of ownership further below Touareg V8’s obvious rivals.”
Buyers for the Touareg V8 TDI will also be happy to know it will be a limited production run with Mr Bartsch forecasting that it would come to be regarded as a cult Volkswagen in the vein of the 2007 Touareg V10 and the Scirocco coupe.
“The genuine car lover will discern that the true value of this most special Touareg is to be found in a cachet that time will only enhance,” he said.