By David Thomas on October 18, 2006
You would think an engine that produces 553 pounds-feet of torque — more than a Dodge Viper — would really suck fuel. Not true when that fuel is of the diesel variety, and certainly not true in the 2006 Volkswagen Touareg V-10 TDI released today in all 50 states.
On Monday, new clean diesel fuel made its way to pumps in the U.S. that, when teamed with advanced engines, meets stringent environmental guidelines in all states, including California and other states with restrictions beyond federal limits.
The VW V-10 kicks out 310 hp, but the performance comes from the massive torque that we can only imagine launches the SUV from mall exits with extreme prejudice. Also extreme is the price tag for this sucker: $67,750. That’s more than $20,000 over the V-8 Touareg already on the market. Mileage is better in the larger V-10, at 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway, versus 14/18 mpg with the V-8.
We’re excited that a company is bringing such an impressive diesel to the U.S., we’re just not sure anyone is going to pony up that extra twenty large for the experience.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David