Volkswagen has announced the end of production of its V8-powered Touareg, launching a “Last Edition” tribute to the TDI-flavoured eight-pot.

Launched as recently as February 2019, the Touareg V8 TDI generated 310 kW and 900 N.m, with the twin-turbo 4,0-litre oil-burning engine facilitating a claimed 0-100 km/h sprint time of 4,9 seconds (of course, this variant didn’t ever make it to South Africa; the local range comprises exclusively V6 TDI derivatives).

That leaves the electrified Touareg R to assume the role of flagship in the SUV range.

Billed as a “real collector's item”, just 400 examples of the Touareg V8 Last Edition will be produced, each boasting an exterior package featuring high-gloss painted components and a special (numbered) badge on the B-pillar.

The limited-edition model is based on the Touareg R-Line variant, fitted with the Black Style package. Additional features include wheel arches and a diffuser painted in high-gloss black, along with plain-black exterior door handles.

The Touareg V8 TDI Last Edition is furthermore offered with an optional package that includes “IQ.Light" with LED matrix headlamps, the Innovision cockpit, an adaptive chassis (with active roll stabilisation) and 21-inch “Suzuka Black” alloy wheels.

It will be offered in Pure White, Antimony Silver Metallic, Silicon Grey Metallic, Malbec Red Metallic, Deep Black Pearl Effect and Oryx White Pearl Effect exterior colours. Pricing in Germany starts at €104 361 (that’s almost R2,2-million at the current exchange rate).