Lamborghini, a company known for its massive wailing naturally aspirated supercars, might launch a turbocharged V8 model.
The upcoming Lamborghini Urus SUV might be the Italian automaker’s first turbo-powered vehicle as the brand looks for the best way to meet increasing emissions requirements while appealing to a broader group of potential customers. Like many other automakers that have turn to turbochargers to increase performance while maintaining fuel economy, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann admitted that the Urus could feature “a turbo engine for the first time” for the brand.
As for which turbocharged V8 Lamborghini will use, that’s still being considered. The most logical fit would be to borrow the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 found in the Audi RS6 and RS7, which the Italian automaker has access to from its parent company. That powerplant packs 560 hp, which would be a respectable figure for a Lamborghini SUV.
If and when the Urus project is finally approved for production, it will take Lamborghini into not one but several new territories. For one, it will be the company's first SUV since the demise of the LM002 in 1993. It'll also be the company's first front-engined model since the demise of the Jalpa and Espada in the late '70s, and its first model to offer hybrid and turbocharged powertrains in, well... ever. Just don't expect it to be its cheapest model.
According to Motoring.com.au, in speaking with Lamborghini sales and marketing execs, the Urus "will be priced similarly to the Huracán," which is currently the Raging Bull marque's entry-level model. That doesn't mean, necessarily, that the Urus couldn't undercut the Huracán's price slightly – especially since it will likely offer more than one engine option – but don't expect it to come cheap.
The Huracán starts in the US for $237,250. If, as reported, the Urus commands a similar price, that would make it the most expensive SUV on the market. That is, at least, before other high-end rivals from the likes of Bentley and Maserati get into the game.