Lamborghini confirms arrival of plug-in hybrid version of new Urus SUV

Article by Christian A., on December 30, 2016

Will Lamborghini ever offer a plug-in hybrid? The sports car maker has been known to create wonderfully dynamic products powered by potent conventional engines. It turns out, Lamborghini is also keen on offering a plug-in hybrid vehicle in the guise of the Lamborghini Urus.

This was confirmed by Maurizio Reggiani, chief of research and development at Lamborghini to AutoCar. However, Lamborghini Urus plug-in hybrid is just one of several versions of the new SUV.

Lamborghini will still offer Urus with a conventional powertrain. Yes, the top men at Lamborghini had already revealed the new Urus SUV will be powered by a 4.8-liter biturbo V8 engine, which should make this yet unrevealed model the fastest SUV in the market upon launch. Actually, this V8 engine is the same powerplant already fitted in Porsche Panamera Turbo, in which it was able to deliver 404 kW (542 hp) of peak output and 770 Nm (568 lb.-ft.) of max torque. The power levels for the Lamborghini Urus remain unknown, although there are speculations that the carmaker would tune it for greater output.

Once launched, the Urus plug-in hybrid will be the first of its kind at Lamborghini. Moreover, it will be the only plug-in hybrid vehicle in the sports car maker’s lineup. Lamborghini had already indicated its intentions to offer a hybridized vehicle by unveiling the Asterion LPI910-4 plug-in hybrid concept at the 2014 Paris Auto Show. Its hybrid powertrain includes a 5.2-liter aspirated V10 engine with selective IDS (Iniezione Diretta Stratificata) and three electric motors.

The V10 engine provides 610 hp (449 kW) of max output at 8,250 rpm while the electric motors deliver 300 hp (221 kW) of output. This means that the Lamborghini Asterion concept offers 910 hp (669 kW) of total max output. Aside from having too much power, the Lamborghini Asterion concept is also very efficient, consuming just 4 liters of fuel per 100 km and emitting only 98 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.

Sadly, there had been no news about the Lamborghini Asterion. So far, we’ve received no updates too on whether it would be transformed into a production model. But its hybrid powertrain is surely something. Whether Asterion’s hybrid powertrain would be fitted on the Lamborghini Urus plug-in hybrid remains unknown, but at least we have an idea on what the sports carmaker intends to use for its new electric-gasoline SUV.

Underpinning the new Urus is the same platform that underpins the Audi Q7 and the Bentley Bentayga – the Volkswagen Group MLB platform. As for its V8 engine, Reggiani said it will surely employ turbocharging, since as an SUV, the Urus needs massive torque levels -- unlike its super sports cars that employ normally aspirated engines that are known for their responsiveness.

Lamborghini is expected to unveil the Urus in 2017 and commence its sales in 2018, although it remains unclear whether the plug-in hybrid version would be available at launch.

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