And it could use the Porsche Panamera's powertrain.
This week all eyes have been on Lamborghini, as the Italian automaker finally lifted the wraps off the long-awaited Urus SUV following a lengthy teaser campaign. As expected, the Lamborghini Urus is powered by an Audi-sourced 4.0 liter, twin-turbo V8 specifically tuned to deliver 650 hp and 480 lb- ft, making it the fastest production SUV in the world. With a 0-62 mph time of 3.6 seconds, a 0-124 mph time of 12.8 seconds, and a top speed of 191 mph, the Lamborghini Urus lives up to its “Super SUV” credentials.
For now, the Urus will only be available in this specification since Lamborghini never offers the same engine across its model range – but that may change in the future. It’s been previously reported that the Urus will eventually be offered with a plug-in hybrid variant, marking Lamborghini’s first electrified model. In a recent report by AutoExpress, a company insider told the publication that a hybrid Lamborghini Urus is “necessary” and could launch before the end of the decade. “We have to provide [hybrid] as an option,” the insider told AutoExpress during the super SUV’s reveal in Italy. Offering an electrified version of the Urus would help give Lamborghini more exposure in the growing Chinese market.
Potential powertrains have yet to be confirmed, but a hybrid Lamborghini Urus would likely be based on the same platform as the new Porsche Panamera. With this setup, the hybrid Urus would use the same twin-turbo plug-in V8 as the potent Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid which boasts nearly 700 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. This boost should help the plug-in hybrid Urus shave up to half a second off its 0-62 mph sprint time, and the powertrain would also provide the Urus with a small all-electric range. Emissions would also be significantly reduced. CO2 emissions would drop to around 70 g/km, thus giving Lamborghini an advantage in heavily-taxed markets like China and Japan.