Sydney 2007: Volkswagen Touareg R50 in the flesh

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click above image to view exclusive high-res live shots of the VW R50

On sale this November, the Volkswagen R50 is the German automaker’s first attempt at a performance oriented SUV. After seeing the R50 live in person at the 2007 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, our man on the floor reports back that Wolfsburg has a winner here. The R50 is based on the Touareg TDI with the firm’s 5.0L V10 diesel engine. In R50 guise, the V10 gets an ECU tweak to pump more pressurized air from the twin turbos to produce 350 HP at 3,500 RPM and peak torque of 627 lb.-ft. at 2,000 RPM. That’s good for a 0-62 MPH run of only 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 146 MPH. Plus you’ll be styling and profiling on 21-inch rims framing bright blue calipers.

Check out VW’s press release after the jump and view our live shots in the updated gallery below.

[Source: VW]

Gallery: VW Touareg R50

Live photos (C)2007 Siddharth Raja / Weblogs, Inc.

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