With the vast majority of the automotive world focusing on the impending takeover of electric vehicles, Volkswagen has decided to focus instead on a powerful new diesel upgrade for one of its trademark SUVs. The new VW Touareg V8 TDI might look like a mid-range offering on the outside — but inside, it’s a whole new beast.
Utilizing a new high-tech turbo-diesel engine that reaches the 900-newton meter-realm of the brand’s super sports cars, the new flagship vehicle will improve upon its V6 predecessor with a staggering 418 bhp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the vehicle’s surprising new output, it can launch from 0-62 in just under 4.9 seconds — faster than many of the industry’s current hot hatch offerings. Although it’s being touted as the “the most powerful SUV with a diesel engine from a German manufacturer,” the Touareg still falls short of Audi’s 429 horsepower SQ7 TDI, but makes up the difference with state-of-the-art driver assist and running gear systems such as night vision, traffic jam and lane assist, and a roll stabilization feature that puts driver safety at the forefront. The new Touareg V8 TDI is set to release in May 2019 in Europe.