New Volkswagen Touareg R revealed which shares 456hp powertrain with Bentley Bentayga Hybrid, goes on sale late 2020.

Touareg R

Volkswagen has taken the covers off the omnipotent Touareg R, which is expected to arrive later this year with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Leasing rates and final specifications will be made available closer to the car’s launch, which is set to be in late 2020.

The Volkswagen Touareg R will deploy the familiar 335hp, 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, a 134hp electric motor and a 14.1kWh battery…familiar, because it’s the same 456hp powertrain as the one found in the Bentley Bentayga Hybrid. While final performance figures will be confirmed at a later date, VW expects to get the Touareg R from 0-62mph in less than five seconds – which is none too shabby for a car that weighs over 2 metric tonnes.

TouaregRPlugin

Officially, the plug-in hybrid Touareg emits just 44g/km of CO2. Fuel consumption figures haven’t been confirmed but the same powertrain claims 80.7mpg in the aforementioned Bentayga. You can drive at up to 87mph on electric power alone and the Touareg R has an electric-only range of 27 miles. When the battery is sufficiently charged, the car will always start in electric mode.

Touareg R Rear

Also sharing components with the Audi Q7 and Lamborghini Urus, the Touareg R gets Volkswagen’s excellent 4Motion four-wheel drive and air suspension as standard. The batteries reduce the standard Touareg’s boot space by 200 litres, but the R still gets a huge 610-litre luggage compartment and retains its strong 3.5-tonne towing capacity.

Touareg R Dashboard

Like other Volkswagen R models, the Touareg R gets exclusive Lapiz Blue metallic paint and unique alloy wheels, which are a set of 20 inchers as standard, or 22-inch as an option. The range-topping version of the Volkswagen Touareg SUV also showcases the company’s latest ‘R’ badge design and gets the black exterior pack as standard.