Lamborghini Urus Plug-In Hybrid Getting Porsche Engine Tech

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The plug-in hybrid super SUV's debut is getting closer.

The Lamborghini Urus plug-in hybrid continues to make progress toward series production, and today we're learning it could pack Porsche engine technology. Our spy photographers have caught a Urus PHEV prototype undergoing testing, but unlike previous images, we now have a clearer look at the new front-end design. It makes sense for the Urus PHEV to have some styling updates compared to the current V8-only-powered model for two reasons: the new powertrain and it's time for a mid-cycle facelift that has given us the Urus S and urus Performante already.

Looking more closely at the test mule's front end, we can see that the headlights, bumper, and engine hood have undergone changes. The latter, for example, appears to be longer than on the regular Urus. And yes, there is a single interior shot, but test engineers covered things up in advance.

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This prototype isn't immediately discernable as a PHEV, because, at first glance, there are no high-voltage stickers and the taped-up fuel filler flap on the left rear fender is in the same position as the regular gas-only SUV. But closer inspection of the other side of the car reveals a secondary cap, which we believe to be for the charging mechanism.

We still don't have confirmation as to what's exactly under the hood, but sources indicate the Urus PHEV will pack Porsche-developed engine technology. It's possible the new Urus will utilize a modified version of Porsche's LK5 engine, which currently powers the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid with 690 horsepower from a twin-turbo V8 with electric assistance.

The current Urus also has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 (sans hybrid) developing up to 657 hp in Urus S and Performante guises. With electric assistance, far more than that is in the cards, and Lamborghini is rumored to be targeting 820 hp.

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The PHEV setup further required designers and engineers to make some front-end styling changes, as noted above. For example, there are modified air openings in the front and rear bumpers.

We don't expect the Urus PHEV to look drastically different than the standard V8 version, but Lamborghini will very likely introduce new wheel designs and exterior colors.

As far as pricing goes, the Urus PHEV is expected to be the top-of-the-line Urus model, slotted above the $260,000 Urus Performante. And because of the plug-in hybrid setup, the Urus PHEV should weigh more than its siblings. The Performante, for reference, tips the scale at 4,844 pounds. The electrified Urus PHEV is expected to debut sometime later this year as a 2024 model.

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