Should Bentley be worried?
We've heard all types of plans for Lamborghini's upcoming Urus SUV. During an interview with Lamborghini R&D boss Maurizio Reggiani, Topgear.com found that the automaker will use a twin-turbocharged V8 for the Urus SUV. According to Reggiani, the decision to use a turbocharged engine was based off the requirements for an off-roading vehicle. "We have to go to forced induction in order to deliver the necessary torque levels," Reggiani told Topgear.com.
"The engine must be as light as possible, and of course extremely powerful because this is a Lamborghini." Die-hard Lamborghini fans may not be happy with the news since the Urus will be the first vehicle from the company that isn't naturally aspirated. But the automaker is planning on making the SUV usable on and off the road. "But what we really need is a lot of torque, especially at the bottom end to give the car the sort of flexibility you need in difficult conditions. The Urus must be as effective in sand dunes as it is on the road," stated Reggiani. While having a lot of power is extremely important, there are a lot of other issues when engineering a vehicle that has a center of gravity that's five times as much as its other supercars.
"Drivetrain, performance and design: these are the critical factors in differentiating a Lamborghini SUV from other vehicles," stated Reggiani. CEO Stephan Winkelmann told Topgear.com that testing for the prototype was well underway and that the automaker's team had done extensive research. benchmarking the Urus' rivals. It looks like Lamborghini is well on its way to creating a SUV that can take the fight to the Bentley Bentayga. Is a turbocharged Lamborghini SUV blasphemous or something that we should look forward to?