RE: 340hp Volkswagen Touareg tops UK range

RE: 340hp Volkswagen Touareg tops UK range

Thursday 7th March

340hp Volkswagen Touareg tops UK range

Need a new track day tow car? This most potent petrol six can pull up to 3.5 tonnes and hit 62mph in 5.9 seconds...



If you want proof that Europe’s appetite for powerful SUVs is alive and well, see the two latest engines to be added to Volkswagen’s Touareg range. Following last month’s announcement of a 421hp diesel V8 for our neighbours on the continent, Britain’s now being given a new top petrol V6 variant that produces a rather healthy 340hp.

Using Volkswagen’s 3.0-litre TSI motor, this most potent UK Touareg has enough punch to match the pricier BMW X5 40i. It can sprint from zero to 62mph in 5.9 seconds and, more significantly for a car of this type, also tow up to 3.5 tonnes. Key to this is the V6’s peak of 332lb ft of torque, which arrives from just above idle at 1,340rpm and hangs on until 5,300rpm.


Ok, Europe’s 4.0 V8 diesel provides a far, far superior 664lb ft, but the V6 petrol is at least a significantly lighter lump, which ought to aid handling. Even compared to the smaller 3.0-litre diesel our top V6 petrol is 50kg lighter. It comes mated to the same eight-speed Tiptronic automatic as the rest of the range and drives all four wheels via VW’s 4Motion hardware.

No other changes have been brought with the new powerplant, meaning you still get a circa two tonne SUV with a 679-litre boot and space to seat five adults. Opt for the top R-Line or R-Line Tech versions and VW’s sharp-looking SUV gets a sporting makeover, although the 340hp engine is also available with the cheaper and more discrete SEL trim. Prices for that start at £52,635.

Want one? You won’t have to wait long as orders are being taken now and first deliveries are due in April. Perfect timing for a new track car tow machine to arrive…



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housen

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131 months

Thursday 7th March
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noice

C.A.R.

3,430 posts

127 months

Thursday 7th March
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Nice, save for the rusty brown metallic colour (seen a few sparkly dark brown Golfs lately too - madness!)

Those hvac controls have managed to look older than the current dials & screens combination on VAG cars. I'm sure they're still capable of doing the same things, but a dial for heater control makes much more logical sense to me...

J4CKO

26,630 posts

139 months

Thursday 7th March
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C.A.R. said:
Nice, save for the rusty brown metallic colour (seen a few sparkly dark brown Golfs lately too - madness!)
Why is it madness ?

Think it looks rather classy, rust tends to be more red/orange anyway.

Nerdherder

511 posts

36 months

Thursday 7th March
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Tell us more about the interesting stuff at Geneva please! smile

st4

1,359 posts

72 months

Thursday 7th March
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Finally the correct engine for one of these rather than some noisy diesel. If was chosing one of these, that's the engine I would choose.
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Wills2

15,383 posts

114 months

Thursday 7th March
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I don't see how this works in the UK at all the V8 diesel would make much more sense in car of its size/weight, they'll be rarer than hens teeth.




st4

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72 months

Thursday 7th March
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Wills2 said:
I don't see how this works in the UK at all the V8 diesel would make much more sense in car of its size/weight, they'll be rarer than hens teeth.



Quiet, smooth, powerful enough for the type of car. Nice and roarty when you give it the beans. I reckon though a budget model with the 3.0 from the Golf R would work well too,.

The V8 diesel won't have the refinement this will offer. No way.

Given how diesel is demonised (rightly or wrongly) you'd be mad to order a new diesel car.

aarondbs

641 posts

85 months

Thursday 7th March
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Rather embarrassingly I like the V6 Diesel engine in the F Pace but I’m comparing it to the horrible petrol in the X5 e motion which I also have the pleasure of. It sounds purposeful and feels like it belongs in an SUV.

The mpg difference in this compared to the diesel alternative would also put me off too. Nice car though and I like brown

st4

1,359 posts

72 months

Thursday 7th March
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aarondbs said:
Rather embarrassingly I like the V6 Diesel engine in the F Pace but I’m comparing it to the horrible petrol in the X5 e motion which I also have the pleasure of. It sounds purposeful and feels like it belongs in an SUV.

The mpg difference in this compared to the diesel alternative would also put me off too. Nice car though and I like brown
If the V6 diesel in your F pace is anything like the straight six diesel in the X6 40d I borrowed or indeed the V6 that was in my old S class, E classes I would sooner pay the extra fuel costs to not hear it biggrin

We're all different mind but this to me, is the engine in VW toureg range to get.

Shakermaker

8,229 posts

39 months

Thursday 7th March
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Wills2 said:
I don't see how this works in the UK at all the V8 diesel would make much more sense in car of its size/weight, they'll be rarer than hens teeth.



And potentially as cheap on the used market as the Phaeton in a few years time?

aarondbs

641 posts

85 months

Thursday 7th March
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st4 said:
aarondbs said:
Rather embarrassingly I like the V6 Diesel engine in the F Pace but I’m comparing it to the horrible petrol in the X5 e motion which I also have the pleasure of. It sounds purposeful and feels like it belongs in an SUV.

The mpg difference in this compared to the diesel alternative would also put me off too. Nice car though and I like brown
If the V6 diesel in your F pace is anything like the straight six diesel in the X6 40d I borrowed or indeed the V6 that was in my old S class, E classes I would sooner pay the extra fuel costs to not hear it biggrin

We're all different mind but this to me, is the engine in VW toureg range to get.
You could be right. Having owned three Alfa V6 Busso engined cars including a 164 Cloverleaf I really ought to know better.. horses for courses maybe but the JLR V6 Diesel has character and 300 bop which in this day and age is something.

Cupramax

7,797 posts

191 months

Thursday 7th March
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The article says VW’s 3.0TSi engine, I take it this is the Audi S4/S5 single turbo V6?

st4

1,359 posts

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Thursday 7th March
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aarondbs said:
You could be right. Having owned three Alfa V6 Busso engined cars including a 164 Cloverleaf I really ought to know better.. horses for courses maybe but the JLR V6 Diesel has character and 300 bop which in this day and age is something.
These Alfa V6' sound glorious.

This has 40bhp more. I wouldn't rule it out and reckon it will have torque a plenty. I've never tried a JLR V6 diesel so cannot comment...but I have an idea wink

fernando the frog

129 posts

7 months

Thursday 7th March
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i'd rather this then the bentley any day of the week, looks like a fantastic package

Tom_Spotley_When

291 posts

96 months

Thursday 7th March
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Well that's tempting for the next car.

Already have a 2015 Touareg and it's a great car that's relatively cheap compared to the competition. Now if someone can buy one of these in the spec that's in the picture, I'll have it off them in 2 years' time....

Burwood

11,377 posts

185 months

Thursday 7th March
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So no V8 diesel for the UK?

st4

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72 months

Thursday 7th March
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Burwood said:
So no V8 diesel for the UK?
IIRC you can get the V8 TDi but this petrol looks a better, more suitable (particularly for our times), if less powerful alternative.

You don't need 400bhp plus in a wallowy 4x4. This seems a right sized engine/performance for the car.

Burwood

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185 months

Thursday 7th March
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st4 said:
Burwood said:
So no V8 diesel for the UK?
IIRC you can get the V8 TDi but this petrol looks a better, more suitable (particularly for our times), if less powerful alternative.

You don't need 400bhp plus in a wallowy 4x4. This seems a right sized engine/performance for the car.
Just checked online. It isn't coming here. Shame

aaron_2000

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22 months

Thursday 7th March
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Rather have the diesel for the low down grunt that an SUV needs. Sure if it was 1994, maybe I'd agree with the comments about diesel that belong there, but it isn't, it's 2019 and a 3.0 V6 diesel is a smooth engine, especially in a car like this.

st4

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Thursday 7th March
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aaron_2000 said:
Rather have the diesel for the low down grunt that an SUV needs. Sure if it was 1994, maybe I'd agree with the comments about diesel that belong there, but it isn't, it's 2019 and a 3.0 V6 diesel is a smooth engine, especially in a car like this.
I can’t agree. No six clyinder diesel can match a six clyinder petrol for NVH.

That matters more to me than outright torque or power.