Eight-cylinder engines are becoming increasingly rare these days, especially in the SUV segment. Of course, there are still a number of more expensive and better performing models equipped with V8s, but we expect those engines to start to disappear over the next couple of years. However, there isn’t a single V10 SUV on sale in the new car market today, let alone a V12. About fifteen years ago, things were different.
This Volkswagen Touareg obviously doesn’t look like a standard first-generation Touareg. It was built in 2005 and is one of the first units powered by a W12 engine. Initially, Volkswagen had planned to release the Touareg W12 as a limited edition model with only 500 units to roll off the assembly lines. Eventually, however, it became a regular model without any production restrictions.
Even though production greatly exceeded the 500-unit mark, it was still a rare vehicle. Today, it is even rarer as fewer and fewer copies survive the test of time, and one of them is currently on sale. It was sold new in Japan and currently has approximately 57,800 miles (93,000) kilometers on the odometer. It doesn’t look as good as new, although there is a lot to like about it.
First and foremost, obviously, there’s a 6.0-liter 12-cylinder monster under the hood. This engine generates 450 horsepower (331 kilowatts), giving the large, heavy SUV a 0 to 62 miles per hour (0 to 100 kilometers per hour) sprint time of about 5.8 seconds. With 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque, it doesn’t lack for torsion either.
This rare Touareg is around 135 hp (99 kW) more than the Touareg V10 TDI, which we saw in action on the highway. The seller of this particular example says it will go under the hammer later this week at an auction in Japan with a price tag of around $ 24,000. According to the announcement, the SUV can be shipped to any port in the world, and if you’re genuinely interested, check out the source link below for more details.