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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Lamborghini Urus Will Usher in the Brand’s Electric Future
Lamborghini’s Urus is poised to become the company’s first mass-produced SUV, but that’s not all. The forthcoming model will also pave the way for turbochargers and electrification in new Lamborghini vehicles.
Lamborghini R&D boss Maurizio Reggiani recently disclosed to Car Advice that the Urus will be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain and that other similar technologies will be utilized in their future super sports cars.
“It is fair to say, the Urus will be the first Lamborghini that will adopt a PHEV system. A PHEV system is currently ideal for packaging in an SUV platform, but the technology right now doesn’t allow us to set up a super sports car with PHEV the way we would like to,” Reggiani confirmed.
To further comment on the new application, chief executive Stefano Domenicalli insisted that a PHEV system will only be introduced to the company’s sports cars at the right time, saying “We can certainly have a naturally aspirated V12 and electrification, but at the right moment. It could be complementary to the V12, but we won’t have a full electric vehicle anytime soon, for sure.”
He then went on to add, “We are already working on the next-generation super sports car platform, but for sure, the second engine of the new SUV will be hybrid.”
Turbochargers are also speculated to be implemented on Lamborghini’s flagship models at some point in the future.
“It is true, that at some point in the future, we will need to think to change to turbocharging [for flagship models], but for this moment, a large capacity, naturally aspirated engine is for us,” said Reggiani.