Once upon a time there were i SUV “Popular” capable of satisfying even the palates of performance lovers, with 10 or 12 cylinder engines. All this about 15 years ago, well before the various Aston Martin, Lamborghini (or the Mercedes signed AMG or Audi with the RS logo) were in the game. Among the most exaggerated proposals was the Volkswagen Touareg W12, exaggerated version with a 450hp 6-liter engine of the big SUV from Wolfsburg.
A gem for a few, a niche model with prices within the reach of a few. But not today, with one of the examples on sale in Japan at a bargain price.
Less than a T-Roc
The current Japanese Touareg W12 has “just” 93,000 kilometers and is probably one of the few in the world to have survived. Despite representing a sort of unicorn, it is sold for 24,000 dollars (about 21,000 euros).
What makes it attractive for Western motorists, price aside, is the presence of left-hand drive and not right-hand drive as is customary in Japan. What do you say, would you give us a little thought?
Not any more
Launched in 2005 as a top-of-the-range variant, the Volkwagen Touareg W12 was originally planned to be only a special edition limited to 500 units. Plans disregarded given the success achieved at the time, with well over 500 motorists willing to spend the more than 100,000 euros required for the German super SUV.
To show that it wasn’t just any Touareg, he thought about it enriched aesthetics wing, aluminum side skirts, braking system with red calipers and more aggressive bumpers. But the lion’s share was made by the monumental 6-liter W12 with 450 HP and 600 Nm of torque, capable of pushing the 2.5 tons of SUVs from 0 to 100 in 5.9 “, reaching 250 km / h.
The W12 wasn’t the only extreme Touareg, however. In the “crazy” list of those years, you could also choose a 4.2 V8 with 310 hp and 410 Nm and even a 4.9 V10 turbodiesel with 313 hp and 750 Nm. Other than downsizing and small displacements.
It is now hybrid
Other times, with powerful mechanics now abandoned in favor of a much more efficient electrification that does not in any case take away power and torque. In fact, now the most powerful among the Volkswagen Touareg touches the 462 HP “contenting itself” with a V6 flanked by an electrical system.
Thus you go from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.1 “, consuming much less than the” grandmother “with the W12.
Source: Motor1.com Italia – News by it.motor1.com.
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