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by George Skentzos

Making its world premiere in the coming weeks at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney is Volkswagen’s latest in its lineup to receive the ‘R’ treatment – the Touareg R50.

The R50 is one of the most powerful SUVs in the world, with official details yet to be announced, Volkswagen have promised a “generous” increase on the 230kW and 750Nm produced by the current V10 TDi model on which it is based.

The high-performance package is rounded out by bigger wheels and tyres and tweaked suspension all in a very handsome package.

The R50 marks the third addition to Volkswagen’s sporty R range, joining the impressive Golf R32 and Passat R36 which was recently launched at the Frankfurt motor show.

All three models share the same 4MOTION all-wheel drive to guarantee superb road holding in all conditions.