The new range-topper features a tweaked version of the company’s 5.0-litre V10 diesel that now pushes out 345bhp – and increase of 37bhp over the standard car. Even more impressive is the peak torque figure, which rises from 750 to 850Nm.
As a result performance is blistering with the Touareg sprinting from standstill to 62mph in 6.7 seconds and onto a top speed of 146mph. However, the fuel economy and CO2 emissions remain the same as before at 22.4mpg and 333g/km respectively.
To cope with the extra performance, VW’s engineers have fitted the R50 with springs that are stiffened and lowered by 20mm. This is in addition to the grippy 4MOTION all-wheel drive systems and smooth-shifting six-speed auto gearbox.
If you want one then you’ll have to be quick as only a limited number will be brought to the UK, each priced at £61,885.