Upcoming Lamborghini Urus refresh will only come with an assisted twin-turbo V8
It's a known fact that Lamborghini is heading for an electrified future. As early as 2021, the House of The Raging Bull announced that by 2024, all of its models will be electrified and an all-electric vehicle will be released in 2025.
Then in early 2023, a spy photographer was able to snap pictures of a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Urus which is rumored to be the most powerful version of the super SUV. It's expected to come with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with electric assist that will supposedly be shared with the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid.
It was then followed by the 1,000 PS Lamborghini Revuelto – the brand's first-ever production V12 hybrid assisted by 3 electric motors. It can go from 0 – 100 km/h in a mere 2.5 seconds, reach 200 km/h in only 7 seconds, and achieve a top speed of 350 km/h.
With Lamborghini showing off that it can indeed build electrified supercars, fans, and enthusiasts of the Raging Bull will be glad to know they will not be disappointed. However, the Urus super SUV will reportedly be available only as a PHEV starting in 2024.
According to a report by Autocar UK, the facelifted Lamborghini Urus will only be powered by the soon-to-be-revealed electrified 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. That means the days of the non-assisted twin-turbo V8 that's currently seeing use may already be numbered.
The plan to make the Urus available only as a PHEV is part of the company's two-stage electrification plan. That's because Lamborghini has already planned to build a second-generation Urus which could see the light of day in 2028. It will be billed as a 2029 model year and will ultimately drop internal combustion for pure electric power.
This comes straight from Stephan Winkelman who told the automotive publication that the second-generation Urus will all be about sustainability while still having the properties of a proper Lamborghini.
“It will be about sustainability, have better visibility, and have the design of a very sexy car, but still immediately recognizable as a Lamborghini,” said Winkelmann.
With Lamborghini adamant about its electrification plans, the fact that the Urus will only be PHEV next year and the second generation will become a pure electric model speaks to the brand's long-term plan for sustainability and lessening carbon emissions. The only question now is, will customers be interested in a PHEV-only Urus that will reportedly be the most powerful version of the super SUV?