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The Volkswagen Touareg V8 TDI R-Line will top the German manufacturer’s local line-up when the 800Nm luxury SUV lands in Australia in March.

The flagship Touareg R-Line becomes the first V8-powered model in the range since 2006, when Volkswagen phased out the high-performance petrol variant from the first-generation line-up.

Powered by a 4.2-litre turbo-diesel engine with 250kW and 800Nm, the new Volkswagen Touareg TDI V8 R-Line becomes the second-most powerful Volkswagen ever offered in Australia, trailing only the now-discontinued first-gen 258kW/850Nm 4.9-litre twin-turbocharged V10 Touareg R50.

While lacking that car’s true ‘R’ pedigree, the second-gen V8 R-Line more than counters it with enhanced performance, slashing one second off the R50’s 0-100km/h time (5.8secs) while using 27 per cent less fuel on the combined cycle (9.2 litres per 100km).

The new Touareg V8 is also significantly more powerful than the top-spec 3.0-litre V6 diesel of the current range, which produces 180kW and 550Nm and takes 7.6 seconds to reach triple figures from rest.

Differentiating the Touareg R-Line from the rest of the range is a sporty bodykit with unique front and rear bumpers, side sills and rear spoiler, as well as 21-inch alloy wheels, dark-tinted rear windows, dual oval chrome exhaust outlets, LED tail-lights and R-Line badging.

Inside, the new range-topper benefits from push-button start, four-zone climate control, 12-speaker premium audio system, electrically adjustable heated leather steering wheel with paddle-shifters, front sports seats with three-position memory, heated rear seats, two-tone Nappa leather upholstery with stitched R-Line logos, stainless steel scuff plates and pedals, and aluminium trim inserts.

A series of safety features are also added to the standard equipment list, including adaptive cruise control, Front Assist with City Emergency Brake, Side Assist lane change assistant, proactive occupant protection system, 360-degree Area View camera system, and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Volkswagen Australia will reveal pricing of the new Touareg R-Line closer to its showroom launch in March. The V6 4XMotion tops the current price list at $83,990, suggesting a starting price for the V8 closer to $100,000.

  • nugsdad

    Try $120k +

    • Exar Kun

      That’d be too close to the Q7 then (although is anyone still buying them?).

  • Oliver Cromwell

    that engine is a cracker!

    • Robin_Graves

      Its a veedud. Cracker for enough k’s for a review, then its a clunker or a knocker.

      • Oliver Cromwell

        Its an Audi engine, the same you will see in the A8, Q7 and the upcoming Cayenne Diesel S. I have driven it in A8 guise and it just flies, so much low down torque that it makes a two tonne car quite brisk!

      • Devil666

        I hope you enjoy your bland existence in your Camry.

        • Oliver Cromwell

          I never said I owned the A8, but I get to drive it a lot. As for the Camry comment, was that necessary? How could you even think to comprehend what I drive? I will give you a hint, it has 4 letters, comes from a country that celebrates Oktoberfest, has permanent power to all four wheels and purrs like a kitten. 

      • Tonia Teske

        Based in what exactly?

        • Robin_Graves

          Dont know what rock you’ve been living under, but in case you missed it, veeduds are just that, duds. Lemons.

  • Guest12

    Making an outstanding suv even better..well done VW.

    • Zaccy16

      completly agree! you see one on the road and it looks double the price becuase of the interior quality and classy styling

      • Captain Nemo®™

        Wow you really are living in la la land Zuppy.  Not only is this thing ugly it’s poorly built full of cheap plastics and useless off road.  Time to take those rose tinted VeeDud fan-boy glasses off champ.

        • Golfmother

          Typical nemo comment, sweeping generalities with no substance , read english Car magazines 6 month test , very favourable .

          Speaking of cheap plastics , thats GM’s speciality , all  the recyling is done in lisbeth .

          • Captain Nemo®™

             LOL you,re the king of sweeping generalities with no substances hey Bungel. Pot calling kettle black.

        • david credit

          easy to see very few understand the off road capability of a Touareg, I own a V10 with 200K , changed wheels and tyres to coopers go everywhere across Australia, diff locks, height adjustments , low range, I also own 2 range rovers 2 patrols and 2 land cruisers , VW first off road, Range rover s 2nd and I beat both my Japanese brands easlity with height diff locks and loads of grunt

      • Legs

        You can tell what the interior quality is like from seeing one on the road?

        • Zaccy16

          I have seen one at the vw dealer and looks in the interior!

  • Pro346

    Another suv with no off road ability well done VW…..might have plenty of power but would die at the sight of a decent off road track.

    • Golfmother

      Car magazine ran a touareg for 6 months , they found it quite capable off road , surprised them .

    • Birty_B

      Obviously never had much to do with them then. Obviously the R variant with 21″ wheels aren’t designed for Off Road but even do a little research on them you’ll find your statement to be false.

      • Pro346

        Obviously you’ve never had much experience off road then low range omitted from all but one variant….try doing any semi serious off roading without low range.

        • Chocolatemoose1987

          why is this even been argued. the whole offroad ability argument died in the 90s . who cares? if people wanted offroad they would buy off road  sheesh. i for one and glad a touareg dosnt ride like a defender. i think this v8 diesel is amazing. considering the cost of a v8 diesel top spec landcruiser. it makes you think .

          for the record. at least the VW has some offroad pedigree, 

          • Noddy_of_Toyland

            “for the record. at least the VW has some offroad pedigree”

            Are you comparing that to the Defender or Landcruiser? Because I hope you are joking there.

          • Birty_B

            Not if you read the whole comment, but I would consider multiple Dakar Victories as “some offroad pedigree”

        • Birty_B

          Horrible argument. If you’re going to be doing serious off roading you’re clearly not going to buy a model without low range. Having only one model with Dual Range doesn’t justify the statement “Another suv with no off road ability”. At no point do anything I say insinuate that I have no off road experience, I’ve owned multiple four wheel drives and have driven the previous Touareg off road and know that it’s capable of more then the vast majority of people would ever use it for. I’m not trying to start a I know better then you conversation but as I said, by simply doing minimal research from your seat you’ll find multiple reviews supporting the fact that the Touareg is quite a capable off road vehicle despite what your obviously uninformed statement would suggest. 

  • Zaccy16

    thats a fantastic engine!  wish i could afford one of these! 

  • Car Fanatic

    CA took one of these off road back in 08 and it performed quite well. Of course none of the VW doomsayers spoke up that day, must have been busy pushing their Bogan Mobiles.

  • Hung Low

    100k+ for a Toe Rag, a performance SUV that will be outperformed by the much cheaper and fully equipped SRT8 GC.

    • Turbov8

      That’s because GC SRT is a bad a55.

    • Goblin

      The SRT8 is a petrol that uses 21 Litres/ 100km (The Motor Report).
      So you’re comparing it to a diesel that’s almost as quick but uses half the fuel.

  • Tangelo

    I really wish the success of this V8TDI.
    Then Toyota realize this is potentially new growing market.
    Sporty full size 4WD with high power diesel turbo engine.


  • Realist

    I swapped my 05 Touareg V10TDI for a BMW X6M and I miss the Touareg. The Beamer while definitely quicker is not as comfortable for a daily drive. I will definitely be looking at the R spec Touareg although pricing is a concern as I have read in England it is more expensive than the Cayenne diesel.

  • Zaccy15

    I agree!!!!!

  • Golfmother

    I’m a gay!!!!!!