According to a recent report, Volkswagen is developing a Touareg R Hybrid. While details are limited, the model is rumored to use a 500 hp (373 kW / 507 PS) turbocharged V8 and a 47 hp (35 kW / 48 PS) electric motor. This would give the sport-ute a combined 547 hp (408 kW / 555 PS) which would put it on par with the BMW X5 M / X6 M, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and Mercedes ML63 AMG.
Besides the new powertrain, the R Hybrid would boast an aerodynamic body kit, a sportier suspension, and beefier brakes. The SUV could be unveiled at 2011 North American International Auto Show with sales starting in the spring.