Time to reclaim the crown for the world's fastest SUV.
The Lamborghini Urus is already renowned for being one of the fastest SUVs on earth, but a new hardcore version packing more power could be on the horizon. Citing a "well-placed source” within the automaker, Motor Trend's Jonny Lieberman claims that a high-performance Urus is currently in development and should arrive in around two years.
Sadly, the source didn’t divulge any other details about the more powerful Urus. If you need a refresher, the current model uses a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that sends 641 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque through an eight-speed automatic.
An even faster Lamborghini Urus makes a lot of sense when you look at some of its performance SUV siblings. Remember, the Urus shares its underpinnings with the Bentley Bentayga and Porsche Cayenne, and faster versions of both these models either already exist or are in the pipeline.
The Bentley Bentayga Speed currently holds the title of the fastest SUV in the world, with a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 producing 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to reach a top speed of 190 mph. A Porsche Turbo S E-Hybrid Cayenne is also coming with at least 677 hp and 626 lb-ft on tap.
What else can we expect from the hotter Urus? On the outside, expect a more aggressive exterior with larger intakes at the front and more muscular fenders to fit larger tires. It would also likely have a larger diffuser and more prominent exhaust pipes at the back, as well as a version of Lamborghini’s active aero system used on the Huracan Performante and Aventador SVJ models. On the inside, expect sport seats and Alcantara upholstery accents.
Before the high-performance Urus arrives, a plug-in hybrid variant is expected to hit the market in late 2019 or early 2020, utilizing a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with an electric motor to produce 680 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque.