Lamborghini Urus SUV to gain plug-in hybrid powertrain

Lamborghini with a hybrid powertrain seems somewhat odd. The idea of a car from the famed Italian supercar maker with an electric motor just seems kind of wrong. However, Lamborghini claims that the Urus will be the only Sant’Agata product to sport such a powertrain.

We already knew that the Lamborghini Urus will be powered by a variant of the VW Group’s 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. So we’re not sure which engine will be mated to the electric motor to create the hybrid powertrain. It wouldn’t be the most logical of choices to make a twin-turbo V8 hybrid, but it is Lamborghini, so anything could happen. On the other hand, it could be one of Audi’s 3.0 liter turbocharged V6s.

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Lamborghini Urus concept
Lamborghini Urus concept

It will also be the only Lamborghini to be turbocharged. According to Lamborghini R&D Chief Maurizio Reggiani, turbocharging in the Urus will be “completely mandatory”, as it’s a large SUV and will need turbocharging for the torque and to keep emissions down. However, all other Lamborghinis will sport naturally-aspirated engines. “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.” said Reggiani.

Nico DeMattia

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