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Report: Lamborghini's first crossover will not get V12 power

Report: Lamborghini's first crossover will not get V12 power image

Anton Andres / CarPix for Autoindustriya.com | May 16, 2017 14:50

Lamborghini CEO reveals engine specs of upcoming Urus

For the past couple of years, Lamborghini has been hard at work developing their first-ever crossover. Dubbed the Urus, it was first previewed as a concept as far back as 2012 and just a few months ago, a prototype was spotted on the road for the first time. Now, Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali has revealed the engine details of the Urus.

In an interview with Automotive News, the CEO said that the Urus will not be powered by the automaker's signature V12 or the Huracan's V10. Instead, the heart of the Urus will be a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine. If that sounds familiar, it is also the same engine powering several Audi RS models and the Porsche Panamera Turbo.

Domenicali went as far as mentioning the horsepower figure for their crossover. He said that the engine found in the Urus will produce 659 PS but did not mention the numbers for torque. With that power, the Urus gets the most powerful tune of Volkswagen Auto Group's biturbo V8. The CEO adds that they are also set to launch a plug-in hybrid version, a first for Lamborghini. The Urus will be underpinned by Volkswagen's MLB-Evo platform which is also used by the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga and the upcoming 2018 Porsche Cayenne. 

Lamborgini targets 1,000 units by the first year of the Urus' production. By 2019, the Italian automaker plans to boost production even higher at 3,500 units. Should they meet their goal, that means the Urus will account for half of Lamborghini sales. 

The Lamborghini Urus will make its debut by the third quarter of 2018.