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Monster Touareg R50!
Dec. 5, 2007

Monster Touareg R50!
The R50's V10 TDI boasts 627 pound-feet of torque. Click on images for larger views.

What you see on this page is the ultimate sporting interpretation of Volkswagen's mighty Touareg SUV.

The R50 is equipped with a modified V10 TDI diesel that launches it down the road with 350 horsepower and a massive 627 pound-feet of torque — up from 313 and 553, respectively, in the regular-production Touareg.

Adjustments were made to the turbocharging and engine management system.

Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the R50 is good for a zero-to-60-MPH sprint of under 6.7 seconds, nearly 10-percent quicker than that of the lesser Touareg (7.4 seconds). The top speed is 146 MPH.

Fuel economy is still relatively decent at around 19 MPG in the city, 24 on the highway.

The R50's exterior is designed like the GTI-based R32 and Passat-based R36 before it — which means a Biscay Blue paint job, gigantic 21-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, blue brake calipers, wheel-well flares, lowered sport suspension, aerodynamic kit and chrome grille with matt finish.

Optional colors are Campanella White, Reflex Silver, Black Magic and Atacam Gray.

Inside are heated front and rear leather sport seats, plus metal trim and accents.

The Touareg R50 is not intended for the North American market but we do get the lesser, still quite sporting and very capable, V10 TDI.


        

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