VW's gutsy Touareg slips into supercar territory as the covers are pulled off a 331 kW limited edition of this hot SUV in Paris.

VW's gutsy Touareg slips into supercar territory as the covers are pulled off a 331 kW limited edition of this hot SUV in Paris.

After its world début at the same show two years ago, VW launched the W12 Sport version of the Touareg, designed by Volkswagen Individual. While the six-litre 12-cylinder unit is capable of producing such a great amount of power, it also pushes out a maximum torque of 600 N.m.

As CARtoday.com reported in June, the Phaeton's 310 kW W12 engine has been revisited, while the Touareg's retuned air suspension and all-wheel drive complete the major changes to the SUV.

It reaches a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h and, like a true sportscar aspirant, accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 5,9 seconds. A six-speed Tiptronic transmission is added for effortless gear changes.

Neither the exterior not the interior have escaped Volkswagen Individual's customising wand.

Outside, new bumpers, darkened windows, extended wheel arches that merge with the side sills, four chrome-plated exhaust outlets and 20-inch alloy wheels hint at the monster SUV's powers.

The sports seats with Alcantara trim, aluminium inserts and aluminium door strips bearing the "W12 Sport" lettering further refine the Touareg’s interior.