Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 Qatar: A Dakar Racer For The Streets

Some concept cars merely glisten in the pinpoint spotlights, others could handle serious business if only some auto exec would get drunk enough to let it loose. Volkswagen's Race Touareg 3 Qatar concept is the latter, minus the drunk exec.

Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 Qatar: A Dakar Racer For The Streets

VW calls the Race Touareg 3 Qatar concept a genuine rally motorsport vehicle, much like its entry in the Dakar Rally earlier this month. It's street legal and can get from 0-62 in under six seconds. It's clad in 18" BBS wheels and painted in a goldish white "Magic Morning," which as far as we know is not a euphemism.

It accelerates to 62 mph in 6.1 seconds before reaching a top speed of 117 mph.

The 2011 Dakar-winning Race Touareg is powered by a 2.5-liter TDI producing 296 hp and 442 lb.-ft, sent through three limited-slip diffs via a 5-speed sequential gearbox and a ZF-Sachs three-plate ceramic clutch. Presumably, the concept has that going on as well.

Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 Qatar: A Dakar Racer For The Streets

The safety cage is still there, but the interior's been uprated to luxury-sport spec, with Recaro racing buckets seats and controls VW says were influenced by the Stealth bomber. There's naturally matte carbon trim, along with a roll cage in the very dramatic-sounding "Serpentino Grey Metallic." Seat side supports and door trim are of the exotic-sounding Nubuck leather (buffed on the grain side. Thanks, Google), though the center seat panels are made from perforated full-grain Nappa leather.

Actually, It's not a bad update on the Rambo Lambo. We give it two flaccid penises up.