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Mike Stevens | Aug, 30 2010 | 1 Comment

Another week, another rumour, this time focusing on the prospect of the Volkswagen Touareg donning the brand's R badge once more - with a twist.

On the tail of the new Touareg's international unveiling earlier this year, reports out of Europe this week suggest that Volkswagen is looking to follow the first-generation V10-powered Touareg R50 with a new hybrid-driven Touareg R.

According to France's L'Automobile magazine, the new model would reportedly feature a twin-turbo V8 engine - one that will likely also appear in the upcoming Audi S8 - partnered with an electric motor, the duo developing upwards of 400kW.

By comparison, the 2009 Touareg R50, powered by a 5.0 litre V10 diesel engine, offered 258kW and a huge 850Nm of torque.

Click to read TMR's review of the Volkswagen Touareg R50

Click to read TMR's review of the Volkswagen Golf R

If the rumoured V8 hybrid combo achieves its reported output, the new Touareg R will not only be a competitor for the likes of the BMW X5 M and Merc's ML63 AMG, but also Volkswagen's own Porsche Cayenne and the Audi Q7 6.0 TDI.

The French-language report adds that the Touareg R will make its motorshow debut in Detroit next January, but until then, our preview rendering (top of article) offers one glimpse of how the Touareg R might be styled.

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