Volkswagen Touareg R revealed with plug-in hybrid power

New 456bhp Touareg will be Volkswagen’s first plug-in hybrid ‘R’ model, featuring tech from the Bentley Bentayga

The Volkswagen Touareg R has been revealed in full – lifting its electrified powertrain from the Bentley Bentayga. It is VW’s first R-badged plug-in hybrid, setting a precedent for what’s to come from the high-performance sub-brand.

Following in the footsteps of the Volkswagen Golf GTE and Passat GTE, the Touareg R is the third plug-in hybrid model from the VW brand. Using a 335bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo petrol engine mated to a 134bhp electric motor, combined the Touareg R produces 456bhp and 700Nm of torque.

Volkswagen says the Touareg R can run in E-Mode at speeds of up to 87mph. Hybrid mode combines petrol and electric power as the system sees fit, while the driver also has the option to hold the remaining charge, or boost it via the petrol engine. In addition, the usual Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport and Individual drive modes are offered. If the optional off-road package is specified, Gravel and Sand profiles are also included. Expect an all-electric range of 25-30 miles, and CO2 emissions of around 44g/km.

Recognisable by its Golf R-inspired Lapiz Blue paint, the Touareg R also gets a bespoke bodykit, body-coloured bumpers, black detailing and darkened light clusters. A set of 20-inch wheels feature as standard, while the firm’s new ‘R’ branding can be seen front and rear.

The dark theme continues inside where the flagship Touareg gets special trim, plus Vienna leather with R logos on the headrests. Every model gets VW’s 12-inch digital dials, a 15-inch infotainment system, four-zone climate control, matrix LED lights and four-zone climate control, as well as illuminated treadplates and stainless steel pedals.

As is often the case, VW will offer a plethora of options including 22-inch wheels and a Puglia leather package with Sepang Blue piping. In addition, a 780-watt Dynaudio stereo, night vision and semi-autonomous drive features are also available.

Prices for the all-new Volkswagen Touareg R have not yet been revealed, but as the range flagship it’s expected to start from around £70,000 – a premium of around £10,000 over the existing R-Line Tech model fitted with the non-hybrid 3.0-litre V6 TSI. Order books should open towards the end of the summer.