Even completing the Dakar Rally Dakar Rally is too much for some teams; VW has topped the podium at the open desert race for three consecutive years with it’s Touareg SUV. This year, VW is giving the Touareg a set of two makeovers, in honor of the vehicle’s amazing desert performance and record setting Dakar victories. The first of the special editions is the Touareg Gold Edition, which seems designed specifically with a wealthy Dubai driver in mind: it features 24 karat gold trim on the 22 inch wheels, roof rails, window frames, mirrors, grille surround, etc – plus a liberal amount of the stuff on the interior, and pushes the boundaries of taste. Less shiny, but the true star of the duo is the Race Touareg 3 Qatar. Essentially a street legal version of the Rally winning vehicle, with some significant creature comfort upgrades, the vehicle resembles a radically updated Hummer H1, and is powered by the same 300-horsepower 2.5-liter TDI that won the Rally. The interior is modeled on a Stealth Fighter, with liberal use of matte carbon fibre, and a Serpetino Grey Metallic role cage. Both represent interesting concept vehicles and interesting design choices, and the pictures are really fun – check them out after the jump. via: Autoblog.