We recently learned that the upcoming Lamborghini Urus SUV, the first mass-produced SUV for the Italian firm, would be getting a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, as opposed to the big naturally-aspirated V10 or V12 that the brand is so accustomed to. The decision to make the switch to turbochargers was made because of an SUV’s need for low-end torque, something that turbocharged engines do far better better than naturally-aspirated ones.
We’ve now learned, according to a report from Autocar, more about the Urus’ twin-turbo engine. Lamborghini will not be offering it in any other vehicle and will keep it unique to the Urus.
Lamborghini typically has a one-car-one-engine policy where each vehicle gets one engine, so putting the Urus engine in any other Lamborghini would go against the policy. Plus, Lamborghini has said over and over that its supercars will only be available with big, naturally-aspirated engines for as long as possible. According to Lamborghini boss “as long as there is nothing that is better, especially at low revs or in terms of the sound that the V10 and V12 have, we stick to them.”
Though, it is possible that the Urus gets a second powertrain option by the end of its lifecycle, which would be a first for Lamborghini. During an interview with Road & Track, Lamborghini CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, said “We are looking into the opportunity of making the Urus the first Lamborghini ever to have [the option of] a second engine,” he told us, “it’s a big challenge to cover the life cycle of any car with one engine; with the Urus one of the obvious scenarios is hybridization.”
This isn’t the first we’ve heard of a hybrid option for the Urus, as it’s a must have discussion with emissions and efficiency regulations becoming stricter than ever. But don’t think that the Urus will be a soft Lamborghini because it’s going to be turbocharged and may even have a hybrid option. It’s been said before by Winkelmann, but the Lamborghini Urus will be the fastest SUV on the road when it debuts.