Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen Touareg

ABT Sportsline has had great success with their tuning kits for the Volkswagen Touareg since the SUV debuted in 2002. Hesitant, at first, to take on the job of tuning the SUV, ABT took their chances and turned out some great products . Now the German tuning firm is unveiling a package for the new generation Touareg that they hope will have the success of their previous projects. The new kit features both exterior and interior modifications, as well as an impressive engine update.

For the exterior, ABT is offering a new set of alloy wheels available in different sizes, a sporty front grille and rear wing, a rear apron, and a 4-pipe exhaust unit.

For the engine,ABT Sportsline is providing the SUV’s 3.0 TDI version with an ABT Power system that increases the output to a total of 282 HP. With the Power S system, the output goes up to 310 HP, while the V8 turbo diesel engine gets an output of 385 HP and 870 Nm of torque.

Press release after the jump.

The new generation Touareg made its world debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, and next to the usual petrol and diesel versions, Volkswagen is also offering a new hybrid version. The Touareg Hybrid is on sale at a price of $61,385, that’s almost $15k more than a standard Touareg which is priced at $45,270.

We won’t talk much about the new design language since it mimics the design of the standard version Touareg, but we will focus on talking about the SUV’s hybrid drive system. This system combines a 333 HP supercharged V6 TSI engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission customized for hybrid, and a Hybrid Module integrated between the internal combustion engine and automatic transmission. The hybrid module includes a 46 HP E-motor and a disengagement clutch. The E-motor gets its power from a Nickel Metal-Hydride (Ni-MH) battery and allows the Touareg to drive in pure electric mode at speeds up to 50 km/h. The hybrid drive system helps improving the fuel consumption by up to 25% in city driving. These engine specification allow the Touareg to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 150 mph.

When it comes to hybrid SUVs, there aren’t too many choices on the market. So the decision you’re left with is why you want an SUV and what your expectations are. If you opt for luxury, then the Mercedes Mercedes and Lexus SUVs are no doubt the right choice for you. However, the Touareg is offering you more power with a hybrid system that has a combined output of almost 400 HP. This makes it faster than any other hybrid SUV on the market, so the choice is really about ultimate luxury or environmentally friendly speed. So, which is it?

More details in the press release after the jump.

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In addition to the very comfortable Touareg Exclusive , VW has launched a luxurious package for the German SUV. This is definitely a Touareg for the discerning buyer.

The new options include opulent two tone Nappa leather in a Pepper Beige and Dark Burgundy combination with a Titan Black trim. Apart from the luxurious feel and softness, the leather is also treated with a space-age chemical that doesn’t allow the leather to become uncomfortably hot when exposed to direct sunlight for lengthy periods of time. The supportive throne-like seats are also heated and feature electro-pneumatic adjustment in no less than 12 different ways, ensuring you find the perfect seating position for every eventuality. The leather grandeur continues on the door inserts and headliner, only being broken tastefully by the use of stainless steel on the door sills, in just the right quantity.

The wood trim is, wait for it… real wood! Although telling the plastic stuff from the original is becoming more and more difficult. A sharp eye will be able to differentiate the luxury model from the “ordinary” Touareg by the “Chrome & Style” package which includes anodised silver roof rails. To round off the lavish upgrade are a choice of either 19 or 20 inch wheels – We would like the 20” Tarragona offered in “Sterling Silver”, please. The Volkswagen Touareg Exclusive starts at € 58,150 (V6 TDI BlueMotion Technology) and is available for order with all engine variants.

Source: VW USA

With apreview at the end of August that summed up the details surrounding the speedier SUV, the Touareg R-Line is now ready for its closeup. Volkswagen’s new R-Line package for the new generation Touareg is setting its sights on the BMW M-Series and the Mercedes AMG Series , and it’s doing so with 20-inch light-alloy wheels in a dynamic design, a sportier chassis, R line logos on the outer side panels and front stainless steel door sill, a 3-spoke leather multifunction steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and lever selector, and aluminum inserts.

Volkswagen is also offering a R-Line "Plus" package that includes 20-inch alloy wheels, heated front sports seats, two-tone leather, R-Line logo, R-line specific inlays on the instrument panel, door trim, and center console.

Under the hood, Volkswagen will place a turbocharged V8 engine with an output of 450 HP borrowed from the Audi Q7 . It is rumored that the Touareg might also be getting a hybrid version that combines the same 500 HP turbo V8 engine with the electric motor found in the Touareg Hybrid .

The R-Line package is priced at 2760 euro and the R-Line "Plus" package at 3355 euro.

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Have some cash to blow, but the wife, and/or husband, won’t let you buy a Porsche ? Well, as bad as that might be, mid-range crossovers won’t solve that pain. Instead, they’ll provide a luxury driving experience with the fun factor of getting stabbed.

Okay, so maybe it’s not that bad. As much as we don’t like crossovers, we do think they’re better than massive SUVs. Some can even be fun to drive now and again. For these tests we will be looking at style, image, standard equipment, interior space, and driving dynamics. Price will also be considered, but not as much as the other areas.

We will have to get a price cap to keep things in the mid-level, so we’ll set it at $45,000. That should be more than enough to get the lower end luxury models from Cadillac plus the German and Japanese car companies.

Hit the jump to see the list.

It seems Je Design has a little of a crush on Volkswagen as they are constantly tuning models from the German marque. And since we have a new generation Touareg , it would only make sense that the German tuner would follow right behind with a new tuning package for it.

Making the Touareg even sportier than the SUV already is, Je Design has added a new sports radiator grill, front spoiler, front and back wheel arch kit, rear apron insert, roof spoiler, and rear hatch blend, all made in Polyurethane.

And like the excellent tuners they are, Je Design didn’t stop at the exterior modifications. After fiddling around with the engine using optimized engine management, the tuner was able to boost the performance of the 4.2-liter TDI-engine to 410 HP and 930 NM of torque. This increase provides the Volkswagen Touareg with a 0-60mph sprint time of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 167mph.

Along with the engine modifications, Je Design has also provided the SUV with a pneumatic electronic suspension lowering module that can lower the SUV’s ride by 35 millimeters, dual exhaust pipes, and, of course, a new set of wheels.

Press release after the jump.

The Volkswagen R GmbH division is busy at work again, and this time they have taken on the Touareg in their attempt to reel in the profits that are being seen in BMW’s M-series and Mercedes’ AMG series . They have already created R (radical) versions of the Passat , the Golf , and the Scirocco , but they still have more being kept under wraps. Not only will Volkswagen be creating a speedier version of the Touareg , but there is also a possibility for a hybrid version for that same future R version. We can expect the official debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

The future Touareg R will feature enlarged air intakes with the R logo, an integrated front spoiler, bi-xenon headlights, a roof edge spoiler, a striking shining black diffuser, the chrome tailpipes on the dual exhaust system, and larger alloy wheels. Under the hood, Volkswagen will place a turbocharged V8 engine with an output of 450 HP borrowed from the Audi Q7.

As for the hybrid version, it will combine the same 500 HP turbo V8 engine with the electric motor found in the Touareg Hybrid . However, for the R version, Volkswagen will drop the older limitation of 47 HP in order to move a giant 2.2 tonnes.

More details to be revealed in the near future.

With a crummy teaser photo displayed for us last month, now is the time to finally get to see the new Race Touareg 3! Following successes in the Dakar Rally in both 2009 and 2010, the Touareg 3 promises to be faster and more efficient than its successor. Its official debut will be made at the 2011 Dakar Rally.

The new Volkswagen Touareg 3 comes with a new carbon fiber and Kevlar bodywork that allows the Touareg to achieve maximum performance in any and all terrain the Rally may throw at it. The exterior of the rally car will also get a fresh look consisting of new LED lights, a new grille, window line, rear clamshell, and wheels.

Under the hood there is a revised twin-turbocharged 2.5-liter TDI engine mated to an upgraded five-speed sequential gearbox and a ZF-Sachs three-plate ceramic clutch. This combination produces 300 HP and 442 lbs ft of torque. The result is a sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 117 mph.

Press release after the jump.

Volkswagen releases teaser photo of Race Touareg 3

Volkswagen is looking at making an impression at the 2011 Dakar Rally and they’re kicking off their campaign by releasing a teaser photo of the Race Touareg 3, the specially built SUV that’s expected to carry the VW banner at the annual dirt race.

After having won the previous two Dakar Rally races, VW is looking to make it three in a row as it follows in the success laid out by 2009 winner Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz and again in 2010 by Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz.

With a race-ready Touareg to be used as the peg, Volkswagen is looking at completely overhauling the current version’s aerodynamics to make it as Dakar-ready as possible while also keeping the SUV’s already powerful 300-horsepower TDI engine.

The company plans to radically improve the aerodynamics of the current race-ready Touareg, while keeping the inspiration of the current mass production vehicle.

As for what we’re looking at with this teaser image, it doesn’t really show a whole lot apart from the brush guard bars that surrounds the Touareg’s grille. That being said, we expect to see more teaser photos – or maybe even the racing prototype’s public unveiling – as soon as more testing is done on the SUV, which we expect to happen anytime in the near future.

Press Release after the jump.

Source: Volkswagen

When Volkswagen revealed the design for the new Volkswagen Touareg, they claimed it to be more elegant and athletic compared to the previous model. Well, apparently the folks over at Je Design had a sportier look in mind. so they developed their new tuning package for the Touareg. All of the details have not been revealed yet, but it is safe to assume there will be more details when the package is completed.

One thing is for sure; this new package is based upon making the Volkswagen Touareg wider. To do this, Je Design have added a new front spoiler, rear apron, and roof edge spoiler. They have also added a tailgate attachment for the lower tailgate area to make the Touareg appear even sportier. Helping out with the widening of this SUV are the special wheel arch extension which can be coupled with the optional wheel spacers. The fattening look is completed with a set of 22" wheels.

Overall, we are not really impressed with this package, but we can only guess that there will be people out there looking for a sportier Touareg. We just hope they don’t mind the cluster of business at the front of the car as shown in this preview.

Press release after the jump.


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