Volkswagen has started shipping the first lot of its outgoing 2006 VW Touareg equipped with the latest V10 TDI turbo-diesel engine. As the date of a mid-cycle refresh is getting dangerously close and the vehicle’s sales (presumably) gradually getting lower, the guys from the German juggernaut try to spur growth by introducing a massive, 10-cylinder powerplant that seems to be better suited for a heavy duty track, rather than a relatively compact recreational vehicle.
Coming with a particulate filter, the new 5.0-liter V10 works on ultra low-sulfur fuel, therefore meeting US’s strict emission requirements.
The engine develops healthy 310 horsepower available at 3,750 rpm and produces almost stunning 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque @ 2,000 rpm. The diesel consumes about 2/3 fuel, consumed by a gasoline engine of similar power output.
The car is cheaper than its closest relative, the gorgeous Porsche Cayenne, but don’t make mistake about that: the Touareg is definitely not the people’s car.
VW offers the Touareg V10 TDI for hefty $67,750, however including in the list of standard equipment such extras as 6-disc CD changer, navigation system, Park Distance Control, keyless access system, power height-adjustable telescoping steering column with memory, power height-adjustable front seat belts with memory, four-zone climate control (Climatronic), heatable rear seats and silver roof rack and rails.
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