With the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show just around the corner, Volkswagen is preparing a barnstorming version of the Touareg, one that’s powered by a monstrous eight-cylinder turbodiesel engine.

That’s right, the German automaker claims the Touareg V8 TDI will make 421 PS and supercar-level 900 Nm of torque. This lets it accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds, before topping out at 250 km/h. Like all Touareg models, the high-performance oil burner complies with Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard, and the engine will be available in varying trim levels.

Compared to its V6-powered siblings, the Touareg V8 TDI gets air suspension, an electrically-powered tailgate, comfort seats, anti-theft alarm system, stainless steel foot pedals, as well as the Light and Sight package with electrochromic side view and rear view mirrors. As standard, the Touareg V8 TDI rides on 19-inch Tirano alloy wheels. Regular models sit on 18-inch items, although upsizing is optionally available.

As the range-topping model, this Touareg will be available in either Elegance or Atmosphere trims. The former gets an interior that’s dominated by metal and cool colour tones, whereas the latter settles for a warmer cabin, dressed with wood inlays and other materials with natural tonalities.

Other features include Vienna leather upholstery, Innovision Cockpit (digital display and controls), tanned leather, aluminium and chrome details, as well as wood applications. For example, the Atmosphere trim gets a narrow wing made of “curved beam wood” that extends over the entire width of the dash panel here.

The kit list also bundles state-of-the-art driver assist systems, such as Night Vision (human and animal detection via thermal imaging camera), Traffic Jam and Roadwork Lane Assist, Front Cross Traffic Assist, active all-wheel steering system, and roll stabilisation system with electro-mechanically controlled anti-roll bars. Volkswagen’s interactive IQ.Light – LED matrix headlights will also be available.

The Volkswagen Touareg V8 TDI will make its world debut next week at Geneva. It’s still a concept car that’s close to being production-ready, so be sure to stay tuned for more details.

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