The rumors were confirmed earlier and to no one’s surprise, the Italian supercar maker chose the Lamborghini Urus to be their first bull to take the plug in hybrid powertrain.
The Lamborghini Urus is the automaker’s first SUV and it made all the sense in the world to equip it with a plug-in hybrid powertrain and offer a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 unit as an alternative.
Slated for 2018, Maurizio Reggiani said the Urus would be directly competing with its corporate Volkswagen group cousin; the Bentley Bentayga. He also mentioned the Lamborghini Urus would be the first and last model to use plug-in hybrid technology in the Lamborghini roster.
Reggiani added: “handling is a function” of power, weight, and aerodynamics. Key points that the Urus R&D team focuses on perfecting. “We want to be a leader here and have a chance to change the rules of the game”.
We all know Lamborghini is yet to embrace turbocharging for their engines, and quite frankly they don’t need to at this point because none of the other turbocharged competitors are faster. But, Reggiani was clear that; turbocharging is “completely mandatory” for the Lamborghini Urus SUV because it needs plenty of torque.
He also mentioned that this is an exception for the Urus, by saying that “A supersports car is completely different; you need the responsiveness of the engine, to feel the spark of every cylinder. We will keep normally aspirated engines for our other models. They are still the best choice.”
The Lamborghini Urus will sit on the Audi Q7 platform, similar to the current Bentley Bentayga situation with 3,000 units expected for 2018 and annually from then on.