A First for Everything: VW Launches 460 HP, Plug-in Touareg R

It could have never worked here, but that don’t mean we don’t miss it. Ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen has unveiled the Touareg R.

Making 460-odd hp, the plug-in hybrid R can go up to 140 km/h (87 mph) using electricity alone. That’s thanks to a 130 hp electric motor that helps the 335 hp 3.0-liter V6 get off the line in a hurry.

The electric motor is powered by a 14.1 kWh battery that’s hidden under the trunk. Volkswagen is being coy about exact range, but says that the Touareg R will be able to cover most commuter trips with nothing but electricity.

When it’s not in electric-mode, the Touareg will use an 8-speed automatic transmission borrowed from Audi and gets 4Motion standard, as you’d expect from an R. Unlike other Rs, though, it will be able to tow up 3.5 metric tonnes, or about 7,700 lbs. That’s thanks to 516 lb-ft of torque.

As the first plug-in hybrid R model, the Touareg R represents a shift for the brand, which has recently been talking a lot about electrification. For now, though, it still has all the hallmarks of a classic R, including 20-inch “Braga” wheels, black trim, and an R-line interior.

No price has yet been announced, not that it really matters to you if you’re reading this in America. The Touareg R is supposed to hit European streets in the second half of the year.