It was just days back that Lamborghini CEO Stefan Winkelman added fuel to what was merely a speculation by strongly hinting that the 2018 Lamborghini Urus may be powered by a turbocharged engine.
Now both the CEO and R&D Director Maurizio Reggiani have confirmed that the Lamborghini Urus will be powered a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, says a report from Autocar. The company is giving the naturally aspirated V10 and V12 engines of the Huracan and Aventador a pass.
According to the report, the move is “a major step” for the company in Mr. Winkelmann’s opinion. Using a turbocharged engine won’t only help in keeping the CO2 emissions low, but also in offering dynamic performance. Smaller displacement means the kerb weight would be relatively lower. The torque delivery will also be better, compared to a conventional naturally aspirated engine.
“In acceleration and in off-road capability it is really important to have a high level of torque, in order to move as quickly as possible and in an off-road situation to have the ability to come out of a critical situation easily,” Mr. Reggiani said.
“We decided that a turbo for a super sport SUV is the best choice. The engine must be light and powerful and with the capability with this torque at low revs to allow the car to be ‘elastic’ in every type of condition.”
Lamborghini has already started working on the engine and after that, it has come to the conclusion that turbocharged engine would be the optimal solution for offering both sports car performance. Off-road capabilities are yet to be determined, but it is likely that the Urus will be mostly about on-road driving and not much about off-roading.
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Earlier this year, Mr. Winkelmann drove a Urus prototype on the racetrack and found the performance to be impressive.
“I was astonished; it was more than any of us expected, which is a car that is very powerful but easy to drive, with very good handling, and also in terms of driveability and comfort, it has a limousine feel in an SUV. This is very important to us,” he said.
Mr. Winkelmann confirmed that the exterior design is almost finalised and only minor adjustments have been made. The current prototype has a more roomier and a more “state-of-the-art” cabin than the concept.
The Lamborghini Urus will enter production in 2018 and be targeted at USA, China, the Middle East, the UK, Germany and Russia. Around 3,000 units will be built annually and the production volumes will be distributed among three regions – Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the Americas and Asia-Pacific. The Italian automaker aims to double the sales from now by launching the Urus crossover.