A limited run of an extra hot Volkswagen Touareg is said to be on the way with more than 330 kW on tap! Has the maker of the peoples’ car taken its fight into exclusive Porsche territory?

A limited run of an extra hot Volkswagen Touareg is said to be on the way with more than 330 kW on tap! Has the maker of the peoples’ car taken its fight into exclusive Porsche territory?

Recently launched in South Africa to great fanfare, Volkswagen’s Touareg is available here with a choice of three engines – the R5 2,5TDI; a 4,2-litre V8 and the range-topping 5,0-litre V10TDI.

However, not content with its remarkable worldwide success Volkswagen is about to launch a 12-cylinder 6-litre W12 engine in its off-road contributor.

Developed alongside the Porsche Cayenne, the hot Touareg should rival the blistering abilities of the Cayenne Turbo with its 331 kW and 620 N.m, and 273 km/h top end (according to CAR road test, June 2004).

The regular 310 kW W12 used in the ultra-luxury Phaeton has been beefed up somewhat and the air suspension retuned to handle the added grunt and nose weight.

The customisable Touareg will be offered in a limited run with a choice of trim and features. And while around 100 cars will be sold in Europe, no plans have been mentioned about a possible right-hand drive version of the W12 Touareg.

Original article from Car