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Wheels within wheels: Touareg torqued up for extra grunt.

Byline: BRUCE BOOTH

ABT Sportsline, one of the largest suppliers of manufacturer-approved vehicle accessories, have worked their magic to produce the world's most powerful diesel-powered 4x 4 offroader.

Now UK buyers are getting the chance to savour the Abt Touareg VS10, which offers a significant uplift in power over the standard machine.

With its awesome power output of 373 bhp, stylish bodykit and sporty suspension, it also becomes one of the most powerful road cars available on the UK market.

Complementing the car's 70 bhp boost in horsepower is a major increase in torque, up from the standard V10's 553 lb/ft (750 Nm) to a mindboggling 634 lb/ft (860 Nm) at just 2000 rpm.

The extra power is supplemented by improved throttle response, giving the car a more sporting character and eager acceleration throughout the rev-range.

The Abt Touareg outpunches many of its high-performance 4x 4 rivals, including the BMW X5 4.6 is (347 bhp, 354 lb/ft), Mercedes ML55 AMG (347 bhp, 376 lb/ft) and Porsche Cayenne S (340 bhp, 310 lb/ft).

A newly developed air suspension system, Abt Level Control (ALC), ensures that the Abt Touareg's mighty performance is kept in check.

In standard mode, the Abt Touareg sits approximately30 mm lower than its production sibling offering an impressive balance of comfort and nimble handling. But in Sport mode, ride height drops a further 10 mm and the shock absorbers are stiffened for increased stability when cornering at high speed.

Standard Touareg's key body panels are retained, but the Abt version gains a new front grille, deeper front and rear bumpers, side skirts anda discreet rear spoiler. To make it stand out even further from the crowd, the new Abt Touareg also gains a four-pipe exhaust, while a set of Abt 22-inch wheels completes the visual package.

The full-blown Abt Touareg VS10 is now available to order priced at pounds 64,460.

However, for those not wishing to go the whole hog, individual Abt Sportsline products for the standard Volkswagen Touareg start from just pounds 340 (including fitting, paint and VAT) and can be purchased from any Volkswagen centre.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 21, 2003
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