Still, what fun they are, starting with that, the outrageous 2008 Volkswagen Touareg R50. The 2,600kg beast is powered by a 5.0-liter V10 diesel producing 345 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. It can gallop from 0 to 62 mph in just 6.7 seconds – faster than the Ford Focus ST of the day.
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The RAC won’t like its teenage thirst and 315g / km CO2 output, and neither will we. However, with only fifty or so examples remaining, it can’t hurt much and the few survivors will be killed by an ever stricter MOT test. So enjoy it while you can.
The three former holders and the current owner of our find certainly did. In their hands, this 2008 car has driven 96,000 miles. Not only that, but also one of them chipped it off so that it now produces 380 horsepower and 734 lb-ft. There’s no word on its fuel mileage, but a good power chip can actually improve economy, so we won’t assume the worst.
The seller doesn’t say anything about his service history, but it seems unlikely that he left this rare bird to rot. Either way, it looks pretty shiny, and since they’ve gone to the trouble of installing upgraded rubber floor mats, they’re clearly proud of it.
In 2008, Autocar praised the R50’s performance, steering, handling and handling, but criticized its road noise, the “gruff hum” of the engine and its “abysmal MPG”. We weren’t too won over by its list price of £ 61,900 either. That makes £ 17,250 for this one reasonable – fair.
Audi Q7 6.0 V12 TDI £ 25,995: On the heels of the Touareg R50 came Audi’s V12 diesel. In terms of performance, it eclipsed the Volkswagen with 493 horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque for 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds. It cost £ 100,000 new, but our example, a 2009 car with 112,000 miles, is a quarter of that.