Forget ‘Dieselgate’, VW Launches Most Powerful German Oil-Burner

Just when most had thought Volkswagen had turned its collective back on diesel power following its cheat device scandal, it will release the most powerful oil-burner to to roll out of a German factory.

A mammoth 421PS 4.0-liter V8 will be powering the new Touareg V8 TDI SUV which will make its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next week. All this grunt contributes to a 0-62mph sprint time of just 4.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of an electronically limited 155mph. As with its lesser siblings, the V8 will meet the latest Euro 6d-TEMP emission standard.

The range-topping model will also employ air suspension, an electrically activated tailgate, comfort seats, an anti-theft alarm system, stainless steel pedals and the “Light & Sight” package, including automatically dimming exterior mirrors and automatic headlights, as standard. Its wheels are also with 19-inch Tirano alloy wheels instead of 18-inch wheels on the rest of the range.

Extra technology includes Night Vision to detect people and animals in the dark using a thermal imaging camera, Traffic Jam and Roadwork Lane Assist, which is partly automated steering and lane departure warning, acceleration and braking, up to 36mph and Front Cross Traffic Assist that responds to cross traffic in front of the vehicle. Chassis handling assets include active all-wheel steering system to sharpen response and a roll stabilisation system with electromechanically controlled anti-roll bars.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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