2008 Essen Motor Show: Vw unveils Touareg North Sails Edition

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

The German auto maker Volkswagen linked up with North Sails, the world's leading sail maker, to assist in the development of this special edition Touareg the objective of which was to lower fuel consumption with performance level remaining basically the same. The Special Edition of the Volkswagen Touareg North Sails flaunts an improvement of 9 percent in fuel economy.

This feat was obviously attained by doing some adjustments on the transmission points from the transmission to axle. Yet, putting the gigantic Touareg to run in less than 10 liters/100 km for the diesel variant is a truly remarkable achievement.

Moreover, the German auto maker, Volkswagen, also maintains that the 2.5 TDI 6-speed manual can run at 9.2 liters /100km and the V6 TDI automatic at 9.3 liters /100km.

This modified Touareg which has adopted a sleek sailing theme also comes with some luxurious elements from the seafaring world. On the outside it is outfitted with fog lights (what else?), fresh 19 inch wheels and side mirrors and aquamarine blue tinted reflector lenses.

Included in the Chrome & Style pack are silver roof rails, bi-xenon headlights with energetic curve lighting and a tint covering 65% of the windows. Likewise, on the inside a marine theme is also observed. The Nappa leather seats come with seam piping in aquamarine, Stainless steel entry strips with North Sail label and off-white Alcantara headliner.

However, the production version will not include the binoculars and compass and oak floor panels observed on the design study. For a tag of €56,450 ($71,650), the Special Edtion VW Touareg North Sails can now be purchased and details can obtained from the local VW dealer or yacht club.

Press Release

VW Touareg North Sails

At the 2008 Paris Motor Show, Volkswagen is presenting a special model of the Touareg whose design was customized for yachting enthusiasts: the Volkswagen Touareg North Sails. The special edition designed in cooperation with renowned sailing outfitter North Sails impresses with numerous exterior and interior elements that reflect the style of high-end yachts. The new special model is already being launched this fall of 2008 and will be available with all six, eight and ten cylinder engines (176 kW / 240 PS to 257 kW / 350 PS).

Interior design: high-end and nautical in style

The most remarkable features of the new Volkswagen Touareg North Sails are to be found in the passenger compartment. Stylistically, the interior is a rather perfect match to the standard exterior car color "Campanella white" or the optional "Shadow blue metallic". In addition, the following car colors also provide a harmonious match: "Arctic blue silver metallic", "Atacama gray metallic", Galapagos anthracite metallic", "Reflex silver metallic" and "Black magic pearl effect". Basic interior features include "Cricket" leather upholstery in "Anthracite" or "Latte Macchiato" color. When the customer chooses the optional comfort seats (standard starting with the V8 FSI), they may also be ordered in Nappa leather with the special "St. Tropez" pattern and its white hue.

In conjunction with the "Latte Macchiato" and "St. Tropez" color schemes, the seats and interior door trim also sport seams in Aquamarine blue. Providing an exciting contrast are the "Aluminium engine spin, dark" decorative inserts of the instrument panel, door trim panels and center console. As an alternative, the Volkswagen Touareg North Sails may also be ordered with "Piano paint, white" treatments in these areas, which also evokes the elegance of luxury yachts. Standard features on board include stainless steel door tread plates (with "North Sails" signature in front) and the "North Sails" logo embossed on the center panels of the front seats.

Body design: luxurious chrome accents dominate

The design of the Volkswagen Touareg North Sails fits in ideally at any marina. For one, this is attributable to the already mentioned car paint in nautical "Campanella white" and the 19-inch "Zaragoza" alloy wheels with their chrome accents (with size 275/45 tires). For another, the special model is also pleasing with the factory-installed "Chrome & Style" design package. Two oval tailpipes of the exhaust system, a roof railing in silver, bi-xenon headlights including dynamic curve lighting, a vent glass sunroof and 65 percent light absorbing tinted windows in the rear (from the B-pillars) round out the equipment package. "North Sails" decals on the B-pillars complete the modifications.

Perfect at the pier and on the way there

The Volkswagen Touareg is the first choice for every skipper, not only at marinas, but as a towing vehicle for a boat trailer. The reason: all versions of the successful luxury SUV can tow braked trailers weighting up to 3.5 metric tonnes. The allowable hitch load is up to 140 kilograms. A removable trailer hitch is therefore part of the standard equipment package.

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