Touareg R will sport a plug-in hybrid powertrain as opposed to the long since discontinued 5.0 TDI V10 of the R50. The R moniker is reportedly set to return as the performance denominator of the Volkswagen Touareg in around two years’ time.
A designation last used in 2008 on the Touareg R50, Volkswagen Sales and Marketing Head, Jürgen Stackmann, in an interview with Autocar after the unveiling of the all-new Golf on Thursday evening (24 October), confirmed that the Touareg R will sport a plug-in hybrid powertrain as opposed to the long since discontinued 258 kW 5.0 TDI V10 of the R50.
We start with that journey, and the task is out there for [Head of Volkswagen R] Joss Capito and his team to deliver us an electric future for R. Then that’s the journey for R. For the next five years as we are launching some Rs next year we will couple these cars with a very strong message for low emissions”, Stackmann said.
While it remains unknown as to which engine the R will use, the publication alleges that it could be a variation of the Chinese market Touareg’s 185kW/370Nm 2.0 TSI motor paired with a 94 kW electric motor that delivers a total of 270kW/700Nm.
In other news – This is the all-new Volkswagen Golf 8
Say hello to the brand new Golf 8. Launched to an international audience in Wolfsburg, Germany, earlier this evening, the eighth generation of what is perhaps one of the world’s most-loved hatchbacks is said to be the most dynamic and technologically advanced Golf ever offered to global customers.
Replacing the long-lived seventh-generation model, the Golf 8 is a striking piece of design with a face – especially in the case of the range-topping GTE – that is unashamedly aggressive. Especially with that new LED light bar that spans the space between the headlamps and the grille badge – there will be no mistaking a Golf 8 on the streets after dark. Read more
Source: The Citizen