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The Volkswagen Touareg V8 TDI R-Line, the new flagship of the German brand’s big SUV, will cost from $112,990.

Pricing has been confirmed following the release of initial images and details for the Touareg V8 TDI back in January.

The VW Touareg V8 TDI R-Line is the first V8-powered variant since 2006.

The 4.2-litre V8 turbo diesel produces 250kW and 800Nm. That’s not far off the outputs of the old, petrol-V10-powered Touareg R50 (258kW and 850Nm), but the V8 TDI is slightly quicker at 0-100km/h in 5.8 seconds while it’s also more fuel efficient.

Official consumption is rated at 9.2 litres per 100km with emissions at 242g/km.

Standard features include Nappa leather seats, front and rear sensors with graphic parking guide, satellite navigation, 620watt audio, four-zone climate control, adaptive cruise, auto braking, blind spot assist and nine airbags.

The V8 TDI expands the Volkswagen Touareg line-up to four, sitting above the $62,990 150TDI, $78,990 V6 TDI and $83,990 V6 TDI 4-Motion.

The VW Touareg V8 TDI R-Line goes on sale in March.




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