Lamborghini is adding hybridization to its Super SUV to make it faster and more efficient.
The Lamborghini Urus is currently the quickest production SUV on the planet, its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 produces 641 hp and gives it a 190 mph top speed. Yet at the international launch of the model in Italy, Lamborghini’s Chief Technical Officer Maurizio Reggiani was already looking to the future, telling Drive that it was planning an even more powerful variant. This version will feature a hybrid powertrain taken from the technically similar Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid but with some added power to help it retain its ‘fastest SUV’ title.
That means we can expect somewhat more than 680 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque when it arrives, Reggiani confirmed that this would happen within the next 18-months. He went on to say that the future of super sports cars (such as the Aventador and Huracan) is in bespoke hybrid technologies that better address the unique issues of packaging and weight that apply to these types of vehicles. The decision to trial and develop the existing hybrid systems in the Urus makes a lot of sense taken in that context. With the many shared components between the Urus and the Cayenne, it is far more cost effective to modify the Volkswagen Group’s designs than start from scratch.
The predicted increase in Urus sales will also help fund the development of these technologies. This is only the first of a new wave of hybrids and we will soon see hybridization across all Lamborghini products in the not-so-distant future. Reggiani says that ever-stricter emissions regulations policies will force this move in the end and both the Aventador and Huracan will need to adopt electric assistance to stay relevant. A necessary move then, but when the time comes those manic naturally aspirated engines will surely be missed by many.