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Volkswagen R division’s future is electric, executive says

Then again, Volkswagen decided to name its banner electric race car the ID R, and make no mistake: It’s all electric and very, very fast. As in, it demolished the EV lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. On the other hand, the VW Touareg R represents an electrified take on the R badge with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 matched with a single electric motor and battery. The e-motor makes roughly 130 horsepower, while the engine cranks out 336. The grand total comes in at 466 hp, and it can still be somewhat efficient, thanks to the hybrid system.

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