The 2017 Lamborghini Urus SUV could use a twin turbo V8 petrol engine borrowed from Audi
Audi owns Lamborghini and the ownership could now give the Italian supercar maker interesting benefits for its upcoming SUV that will be launched sometime in 2017. The 2012 Lamborghini Urus Concept SUV was first showcased at this year’s Beijing Motor Show, even as its maker was tight lipped about the engine that would power this latest product from the Italian supercar marquee. While a V10 engine from the Gallardo was anticipated to sit under the hood of the Urus, we now have new information coming in that a Twin Turbo V8 engine from Audi will instead be used on the SUV.
The main reason behind Lamborghini’s decision to go with V8 power is said to be the light weight of this engine. Weight is said to be critical on the Urus, considering hat fact that Lamborghini is targeting a super competitive kerb weight of under 2000 kilograms. The Urus is based on the Porsche Cayenne platform, which also underpins the likes of the Volkswagen Touareg and the Audi Q7. This platform isn’t exactly the lightest thing in the SUV world and Lamborghini would need all the weight lightening possible to ensure that the Urus manages to weigh in under the 2 ton mark.
Peak power produced by the Twin Turbo V8 engine on the Urus could be in the range of 600 Bhp. Also on the anvil could be a hybrid version of the Urus given the tightening emission norms all across the world, particularly in Europe. However, with the 2 ton kerb weight as a design objective, the men in white coats at Sant’Agata will have a real task on hand to keep the weight low, when stuff like the batteries come into the picture on the hybrid version, if something like that its ever built that is. Lamborghini has a lot riding on the Urus when it comes to the product being the next wave of growth for the brand.
Lamborghini is targeting global sales of no less than 3,000 units for the Urus SUV. This number means that the Urus will more than double Lamborghini’s global sales, highlighting how important this model is for the company’s fortunes, going into the future. The Urus is aimed at the USA and China while India also could definitely be on the radar considering how successful the Porsche Cayenne has been in the country. The Lamborghini Urus is scheduled to hit production in 2017, which is a good 4 years away.