At the 2011 Qatar Auto Show, Volkswagen presented the Race Touareg 3 Qatar and the Touareg Gold Edition. The regular Touareg is already regarded as “one of the most sophisticated SUVs in the world” but for the Middle East, Volkswagen is offering the metal-packed SUV with 24-carat gold. The precious metal is found in both the exterior and the interior.
The gold-plated items include the special 22-inch rims, roof rails, protective guard strips, window frames, mirror caps and parts of the air intake frame, the “Touareg V8” badge and boot sill trim.
The vehicle is dressed in the “Magic Morning” color and its interior features 24-carat gold for numerous accents and switches, as well as a Luna trim, an Alcantara roofliner, and a Nappa leather seat finish that has ornamental stitching.
The press release states further that the dashboard is trimmed in natural brown leather and has contrasting seams in "Magnolia" color. The floor mats have natural brown with leather inserts in "Luna.” The vehicle has Walnut Burr accents with genuine gold marquetry – also in an ornamental pattern.
The Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 is considered as a true Rally motorsport vehicle, currently competing in South America in the Dakar Rally. VW is now introducing the Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 Qatar, a version of the Race Touareg 3 that is slightly modified to be legally approved for public roads.
For instance, instead of the current 16-inch wheels, the Race Touareg 3 Qatar rides on new 18-inch gold-look wheels from BBS. The Race Touareg 3 Qatar is wrapped in Magic Morning exterior paint, which is white with a slight gold shimmer.
The sides of the for-the-road VW Race Touareg 3 have been painted with the "Race Touareg" signature, also in a golden color. VW likewise redesigned the whole interior of the Race Touareg 3 Qatar. In fact, everything was modified inside, except for the safety cage.
More importantly, VW designed the interior without any trade-offs, which means it is still ergonomic and features easy controls. For superior sporty comfort, Recaro racing bucket seats are fitted into the cabin, which also boasts of a well-organized look.
Moreover, the interior is designed to don the so-called "Stealth look," which means that it shares similarities with the aircraft bearing the same name. As a tribute to the Dakar Rally, the center console features anodized aluminum on which Dakar victories are etched.
Likewise, the "Race Touareg" signature is also found in the cabin. The roll cage is finished in "Serpentino Grey Metallic" while other trim elements are in Matt Carbon.
Furthermore, the seat side supports as well as the door trim panels are upholstered with Nubuk leather in "Black" and "Pure Grey," while the center seat panels are made from perforated Nappa leather in "Titan Black." Seat covers feature two-tone seam and silver piping while other safety-related items are painted "Tornado Red."