Lamborghini has been in the process of developing an SUV to compete with the likes of the Bentley Bentayga and whatever SUVs that Rolls Royce and Maserati develop. Since the Italian firms announcement of the Urus SUV’s development, there has been much speculation as to which engine might power the newest Raging Bull. There were reports of the same naturally aspirated V12 from the Aventador, which got enthusiasts all giddy with reminders of the monstrous LM002 of the late ’70s. However, Lamborghini isn’t going with the V12, instead it’s going with a more sensible twin-turbocharged V8.
Being that Lamborghini is owned by Audi, it’s understandable to think that it might use Audi’s 4.0 twin-turbo TFSI V8. However, Lambo being Lambo, the company will develop its own engine that will be unique to the Urus. ?”This engine is not used by anybody else, only for Lamborghini. To be the most powerful in the class it must have something that is dedicated to our brand. It must be able to produce the right amount power and torque, but do that in conjunction with the right transmission and chassis control that makes it a true Lamborghini,” according to Lamborghini’s Head of Research and Development, Maurizio Reggiani, during a recent interview with Autocar.
It’s interesting that Lamborghini has decided to stick with turbocharging, considering the brand once claimed that turbocharging does not provide the proper Lamborghini experience. However, it seems that after some serious consideration, it’s seen the forced-induction light. “In acceleration and in off-road capability it is really important to have a high level of torque, in order to move as quickly as possible and in an off-road situation to have the ability to come out of a critical situation easily. We decided that a turbo for a super sport SUV is the best choice. The engine must be light and powerful and with the capability with this torque at low revs to allow the car to be ‘elastic’ in every type of condition.” said Reggiani.
It makes sense, as torque is essential in moving big, heavy SUVs around, especially with heavy cargo aboard or on rough terrain. And while Lamborghini’s mighty V12’s and V10’s have always had stratospheric horsepower numbers, they’ve lacked in torque, especially low down in the rev range. So turbocharging does seem like the best way to go.
However, don’t think that Lamborghini is losing sight of it’s DNA and is going to make a big, squishy torque monster, like Bentley’s Bentayga. “It will be a true Lamborghini because it will be the fastest among the SUVs. We will have the most powerful engine and will have the car that is going to be a real super sports SUV. It has to keep the balance between matching the DNA of the brand, that is being a car that is really driveable and also have a lot of off-road capability, but the driving on the roads is much more important.” says Lamborghini CEO, Stephan Winkelmann.
“In early autumn I drove a prototype for the first time on a racetrack and the performance was great,” he said. “I was astonished; it was more than any of us expected, which is a car that is very powerful but easy to drive, with very good handling, and also in terms of driveability and comfort, it has a limousine feel in an SUV. This is very important to us.”
Winkelmann also goes on to say that the design has since been improved since the red concept car shown at the Beijing Auto Show. “it now has more roominess and an evolved design; it is more state-of-the-art compared with that concept”.
The final production car is scheduled to debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, though the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show isn’t out of the question, depending on how quickly its development proceeds. A hybrid model is also possibly in the cars for the future, as the Urus’ chassis has been developed with the space for a battery and electric motors, however a hybrid variant won’t come until after the V8-powered car debuts. The Lamborghini Urus will also be for the ultra rich, with a starting price of over $200,000, so it will compete with the likes of Bentley, Rolls Royce and Maserati. We can’t wait to see what it becomes.[Source: Autocar]