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JE DESIGN Volkswagen Touareg

The engineers over at JE DESIGN revealed last week their upgrade program for the VW Touareg. Under the bonnet it has the same 3.0-liter TFSI engine, but it has been tuned in order to output 440 hp and 630 Nm of torque. With this extra oomph available, the SUV can sprint to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 255 km/h. This upgrade will set you back 3999 Euros, and for an extra 199 Euros you will get a two-year warranty for the power unit, compressor, transmission and powertrain.

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Word on the street is that Volkswagen is tasking its R performance division with cooking up a special version of the new 2011 Touareg SUV.

The Volkswagen Touareg R will drop the old 5.0-liter V10 TDI diesel engine, which isn’t meeting emissions standards in Europe, and replace it with a tuned version of the 4.2-liter TDI, already available in the Touareg, as well as the Audi Q7 ranges.

The oil burner will, of course, have its output increased, from the current 340 HP to around 380 HP. Torque will also reach impressive figures to ensure adequate acceleration.

With the new Touareg R, VW also plans to offer the performance SUV on the US market in an unprecedented move. It seems that it diesel SUV sales are finally healthy enough for such an investment to return a profit for VW. The reported launch date is around the end of 2012, with the Touareg R appearing as a 2013 model year.

Still, take all these rumors with a grain of salt, as Volkswagen has yet to declare anything about a performance Touareg SUV.


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Volkswagen pretty much hammered the competition in the Dakar rally with the Race Touareg 2, winning both the 2009 and 2010 editions. Now, with the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg already in showrooms, the German company decided to upgrade its rally-spec version.

As you can see above, the new Race Touareg 3 shares a few cues with the new, regular Touareg. These include LED daytime running lights (because you need extra lighting while in a desert rally), a new front grille and a new rear end.

More importantly, the twin-turbo 2.5-liter TDI diesel engine has been further tweaked for better fuel economy. It still is capable of 296 HP and 442 lb-ft of torque, which guarantees 0 to 62 mph in 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 117 mph.

You’ll be able to check out the new Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 in the next Dakar rally, set to take place right at the beginning of 2012.


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The rumor mill has started spinning once more, this time with winds coming from France’s L’Automobile, who says that Volkswagen might be planning, in the future, a big change for the newest Touareg SUV generation: dropping the 4Motion all-wheel drive system in favor of a simpler, 2Motion rear-wheel drive setup.

Why would it want such a thing? In order to decrease the weight of the chunky SUV, in order to decrease its asking price and to increase the fuel efficiency of the 2011 Touareg. It seems that not even the promise of a hybrid version or the very frugal diesel engines will attract people, so VW is planning ahead.

Still, it’s pretty peculiar that the German carmaker will opt for a RWD setup, instead of a more common FWD arrangement, found on quite a few entry-level SUVs. We’re not so sure about the validity of this rumor, so take it with a grain of salt.


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After a pretty big success for its current SUV model, Volkswagen has finally decided to present the next generation of the German car, the 2011 Touareg.

Sporting the overall basic shape of the previous model, the new Touareg does feature a few more dynamic lines, with the biggest change appearing on the front fascia, which borrows heavily the new design line showcased on the Scirocco, Golf VI and Polo. The stand-out feature however is the LED contour of the headlights adding a certain note of style to the SUV.

But even though the design will bring some much needed changes to the looks of the Touareg, the biggest and most expected modifications have been made under the hood. The engine range for the 2011 model will be constituted of a 280 HP 3.6-liter V6, a 240 HP 3.0-liter TDI V6 (31.8 mpg) and a range-topping 340 HP 4.2-liter TDI V8 (25.8 mpg). The most important model, however, will be the hybrid version of the Touareg, which combines a supercharged, direct injection 333 HP 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine with a 47 HP electric motor, totaling 380 HP with a combined fuel average of just 28.6 mpg (US).

The new Touareg, which according to VW is now 20% more efficient, has also shed around 460 pounds (around 200kg). It will use an eight-speed automatic gearbox on all models, without any low-ratio gearbox. For those who want to really take their SUV off road, there will be a special “Escape” edition for the 3.0-liter V6 TDI, which includes reduction gearing, electronically controlled locking center and rear differentials and a five-way traction control management system for the four-wheel drive system.

Overall, the new Touareg seems to bring quite a lot of interesting things. Check it out in the photo gallery below, and wait for the Geneva Motor Show next March to see it live. Until then, share your thoughts about it below.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg


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After yesterday’s Renault Twingo CC reveal thanks to a scale model, it’s Volkswagen‘s turn to spill the beans on the next generation Touareg SUV, which will be formally presented at the Geneva Motor Show, thanks to a set of two die-cast models.

From what we can see, the new Touareg will share quite a lot of things with its more upscale cousin, the Porsche Cayenne, and will also sport a slightly tweaked variant of the Golf 6 front fascia. While in itself not a bad thing, I do get the feeling VW doesn’t want to take any chances with the design of new models for the time being.

Either way, from what we can see in the back, it will be almost identical with the Cayenne, and will also sport some chrome accents, as well as premium features like the dual sunroof.

What do you believe about this new design? Is it a step forward from the current Touareg or should VW take more risks and give it more defining characteristics? Share your thoughts below.


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During the 2010 Dakar Rally, eyes will be primarily on the Volkswagen Amarok vehicle, which even though won’t race, will provide technical support and transport officials on the harsh terrain in Argentina, where the competition will take place.

But don’t forget that Volkswagen is also entering the competition with a special Touareg model. Don’t go thinking that this will be a normal Touareg with bigger tires or something like that, as the competition model has very little in common with the road-legal VW SUV.

Everything from the special 2.5-liter straight-five-cylinder TDI engine to the custom three-plate hydraulic clutch has been optimized for the harsh desert environment which makes the Dakar rally such a challenge. The body of the model is made completely out of carbon fiber, weighing just 50 kg (110 pounds), and allows the engine, which develops 280 HP and 596 Nm of torque, to push the model from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.1 seconds and up to 189 km/h.

Overall, seeing as how Volkswagen needs to defend the title it earned at the beginning of the year with the old Touareg model in the cars category, this is definitely the car which can achieve such a thing. The rally is set to begin right on January 1st, 2010.


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It seems that the Toyota Prius isn’t happy with the popularity that the Tesla Roadster is experiencing these days and has decided to start taking out the models that have been sold already around the world.

This, at least, is the conclusion that can be drawn out of a recent accident from Denmark, where a Toyota Prius bumped a Tesla Roadster in the rear and pushed it under the big wheels of a Volkswagen Touareg SUV.

Although the concrete details aren’t know, it still makes a pretty interesting picture to look at, to say the least. You can even see a bit of the Tesla’s bodywork hanging by the rear bumper of the Toureg high in the air.

Hopefully we won’t report any other green car on green car crime anytime soon.

Source: Autopia via Jalopnik

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Continuing its trend of going green, with more fuel efficient and economical cars, Volkswagen has just unveiled that it will unveil the new Touareg Hybrid SUV at the Detroit Motor Show, which will happen in January, 2010.

The first hybrid 4×4 from the German automaker will be unveiled and launched in the North American market, where it will take on rivals like the ML450 Hybrid, Lexus RX450h or BMW X6 hybrid. The new model will be powered by a TSI V6 engine, capable of delivering 333 HP, running in tandem with an electric one, which will output 52 HP. According the estimates, the average fuel consumption will be around 9 liters/100 km (26 mpg).

No further details were given, but either way, considering how popular hybrids are these days, the new Touareg might see quite a big success in the countries where it will be launched next year.


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At the Detroit Motor Show, Volkswagen presented the Touareg Lux Limited, a special edition aimed at the US market. Under the hood, customers will be able to choose from VW’s recently introduced 225 hp (165 kW) V6 TDI Clean Diesel, a 280 hp (106 kW) V6 FSI and a 350 hp (257 kW) V8 FSI.

As you’d expect in a special edition, the car boasts a set of exclusive features, such as 20-inch alloy wheels, styling package with special side skirts and customized front and rear aprons and customized color lineup (Biscay Blue, Black magic pearl effect, Campanella white and Galapagos gray). The interio was also modified, faeturing two-tone leather combined with special interior accents, door panel inserts trimmed in “St. Tropez white” and 12-way power seats for the driver and the front passenger.

More photos of the Volkswagen Touareg Lux Limited after the jump. (more…)

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I’m sure everytime you hear about the Volkswagen Touareg, the last thing that comes to your mind is a military vehicle. I mean, if we were talking about a Hummer or a Jeep, that would be ok, but a Touareg? Anyways, for those who can’t figure out a meaning for this (including us), actually there’s a pretty good explanaiton. The Touareg Military Edition was created by Volkswagen to offer an advantage when discussing future military deals, because another current offer, the Mercedes G Class got pretty old, so VW would have some advantages.

The car is finished in matte green paint, is stripped of all its chrome and is powered by VW’s V10 TDI engine that produces 310 hp and 533 ft-lbs of torque. Of course, the military Touareg has all sorts of antennas ans antennas and premium communications systems, plus plenty of recovery hooks at the front and rear and, if really necessary, a machine gun can be mounted on the car’s roof.

Check out more photos after the jump.


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