2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

The difficult to spell midsize SUV from Volkswagen is getting a tad bit greener, either for the 2011 or 2012 model year. Well, just a tad bit anyway. Volkswagen is planning to use the Audi S4’s engine to start – a supercharged 3.0 liter TSI V6. Add in a 38kW electric motor and an 8 speed automatic, and voila – you have a beast of a Touareg. Expected output is a whopping 374 HP, and a ground-shaking 406 lb-ft of torque. Can you say 0-60 in <7 seconds?

Though the EPA hasn’t gotten ahold of the Touareg Hybrid just yet, VW is hoping for as much as a 26 MPG combined rating. While that isn’t likely to save the pandas, it’s a pretty solid number for such a large, powerful vehicle. Pricing is anyone’s guess – can you say “really freakin expensive” in German?


Published on August 26, 2009 in Hybrids,Volkswagen

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