The track-bound SUV is nearly ready to go.
It was back in 2019 when Lamborghini's Squadra Corsa department first unveiled its Urus ST-X concept, a crazy off-road capable and track-tuned version of the road-going Lamborghini Urus. At the time, Lamborghini claimed plans to build several production examples, all of which would be used for a new off-road racing championship series. No specific timeline was given as to when those SUVs would be ready. Well, that was then.
Thanks to Autoblog, we can confirm the Urus ST-X will appear during the 2020 Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Final in Misano, Italy on October 31 to November 1. The publication received this information from Lamborghini's head of R&D Maurizio Reggiani. "There will be a demo race where we'll present the format," Reggiani said.
No other details were provided such as how much the racing production version will resemble the concept. Chances are the differences will be very little. For those of us who aren't off-road racers, Reggiani also revealed some new details about the upcoming Urus plug-in hybrid.
Although the Urus' platform was designed to accommodate electrification, the challenge has been what can this SUV variant offer that's unique compared to its Porsche Cayenne and Bentley Bentayga corporate cousins. Both offer electrified variants.
"The most important part will be to define in what way a Lamborghini must use this electric energy, and in what way we can be different from the other users of this platform," Reggiani said. "We have seven different driving modes in the Urus, and what will be important is that every driving mode use electric power in a different way."
He refused to divulge specific details but did hint at a "boost-oriented mode" to offer top-level performance, along with an efficiency-minded mode. Unfortunately, Reggiani couldn't provide a reveal date for the Urus PHEV, but we imagine it'll happen sometime next year.