Claiming its position as Volkswagen’s most powerful SUV, the Touareg V8 TDI produces a colossal 900 Nm of torque. Greg Leet, General Manager of Volkswagen Passenger Vehicles says customers are excited and ready to see the V8 finally reach NZ shores.

“Because of New Zealand’s unique market, we will be the first country outside Europe to successfully secure the production of the Touareg V8.

As our flagship model, the Touareg demonstrates Volkswagen’s persistent commitment to innovation. Leading the way in both technology and design, this additional power will be a massive drawcard for our customers.”

With a starting price from $141,990, the new flagship vehicle will be available in dealerships from August 2020. Customers will have the choice of two variants (R-line and 1st Edition).

Superior performance

The Touareg V8 has been built to be driven and enjoyed. It features a 4.0L turbocharged diesel engine, capable of providing 310 kW of power and 900 Nm of torque.

When put to the test, it can go from 0 to 100 km/h: 4.9 seconds.

Driving Profile Selection with 4MOTION Active Control gives you the option of Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport, Offroad, Snow or customised driving profiles.

The new Touareg has a digitalised cockpit with a 15-inch Infotainment system where information, communication and entertainment is digitally merged and completely personalised.

Touareg V8 TDI R-Line 310kW – from $141,990

• 4.0 L V8 Turbo Diesel (310kW, 900Nm)

• 4-Corner Air Suspension with Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC)

• 21″ Suzuka Alloy Wheels

• R-Line Savona Leather

• Four-zone Climatronic

• Memory Package 2 (Front Seats & Steering Column)

• Ambient Lighting

Touareg V8 TDI R-Line 310kW ‘1st Edition’ – $149,990

• 4.0 L V8 Turbo Diesel (310kW, 900Nm)

• 4-Corner Air Suspension with Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC) and all-wheel steering

• 21″ Gloss Black Suzuka Alloy Wheels

• R-Line Savona Leather

• 48V Active Roll Stabilisation and All-Wheel Steering

• DYNAUDIO Premium Audio System

• Active Ventilated Front Seats with Massage Function

• R-Line Black Package (Black exterior mirrors, roof rails and windows mouldings)

• Climatronic four-zone air conditioning system with an allergen filter

R-Line equipment line
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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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