2006 VW Touareg V10 TDI

2006 VW Touareg V10 TDI
2006 VW Touareg V10 TDI

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.

2006 VW Touareg V10 tdi turbo-diesel engine

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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