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VW Touareg news - And you thought the Cayenne was bad… - 2008

The VW Touareg has always been a more
socially acceptable alternative to the hippo-faced, rage-inducing Porsche
Cayenne. Especially in diesel flavour.

But now you can get yourself a diesel
Touareg with even more eco-riot potential than the Cayenne in the shape of
this, the R50.

This is the most powerful Touareg ever,
powered by VW’s five-litre V10 TDI but tuned for even more growly oil-burning
torque. 627lb ft of the stuff, to be exact, along with 345bhp.

As VW proved in a rather neat publicity
stunt, the old V10 Touareg could pull a Boeing 747, so we’re expecting the R50 to be
able to haul a small planet at least. Might slow down the R50’s claimed
acceleration of 6.5 seconds to 62mph, though.

Well, at least you can claim diesel
economy while you’re being berated by an irate green, can’t you? Erm, no. The
R50 returns 22.4mpg and a not-very-acceptable 333g/km of CO2 - making it even
less economical and more polluting than the Cayenne S.

Completing the picture of social
unacceptability is a ride height lowered by 20mm, roof spoiler, bodykit, twin
oval tailpipes and a set of 21-inch alloys. Yes, 21-inchers… and they look
pretty modest in those fatter arches, don’t they?

At nearly 62 grand, even the R50’s price
tag is enough to draw a sharp intake of breath. VW says that only a limited
number of R50s will reach the UK, though whether that’s because of limited
supply or they’re expecting the delivery ferry to get deliberately scuttled at
Dover, we’re not sure.

Contrary bunch that we are, we like the
R50. We’re barricading ourselves into Fortress Top Gear already.

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