Lamborghini has a few tricks up its sleeves for the upcoming Urus SUV. Instead of going with its usual repertoire of naturally-aspirated V-10 and V-12 engines, the Italians instead are going with turbocharging.
To help lighten things up, Lamborghini will use a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. This isn’t just some rumor, but has come straight from the horse’s mouth. According to a report from Autocar, the company’s CEO Stephan Winkelmann and boss for R&D Maurizio Reggiani both said this is the engine that will be under the hood of the Urus.
Rumors of a turbocharged setup for the Lambo Urus have been flying around, but now we know they’re actually true. Many automakers have been turning to turbos for fuel economy, while this move is likely tied more toward improved performance. Going with a big V-10 would make the SUV nose-heavy, proving that sometimes there really is a replacement for displacement.
With this new revelation, of course more rumors are churning. One is that the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 will be sourced from Audi. Lamborghini says this isn’t so, revealing that the engine will be unique to the luxury SUV. This move is to ensure the Urus handles incredibly well, especially on pavement. The Urus will also have at least some off-road abilities, and the engine plays into that.
Lamborghini also wants to create a powerplant that whips out more horsepower and torque than an engine made by Audi. This also should help with the exclusivity factor, because having the heart of an Audi in such an expensive model could be a big problem.
The Lamborghini Urus is still very much in the development stage. Expect a production version to break cover in the latter part of 2017 or early 2018. The company is promising it will be the fastest SUV on the market, which is a tall order.