Video: Volkswagen Touareg W12 turbo – awesome rear-wheel drive burnouts

Normally, SUVs and four-wheel drives aren’t considered to be performance vehicles, but times have changed. This is a Volkswagen Touareg with a heavily tuned W12 twin turbo engine under the bonnet, and it has been set up so it can do epic rear-wheel drive burnouts.

We’re not sure how this one went under the radar, but it has been on YouTube now for a couple of months. If you haven’t seen it already, or even if you have, click play on the videos below for a bit of a demonstration on what it’s all about.

As the build was undertaken in Russia, finer details and specifications are a bit hard to come by, but judging by the last video there’s some fairly extensive work done under the bonnet. Larger turbochargers, custom piping, custom fuel system and a ProEFI ECU setup to control the engine and provide an adjustable all-wheel drive front-to-rear bias control.

Simply awesome. And listen to those wastegates upon closing of the throttle, sounds like an epic tennis match echo.

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Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.