The upcoming Urus crossover may be the first Lamborghini to receive a turbocharged engine — even though Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said in 2012 that he was against turbocharging.
According to Auto Express, the Lamborghini Urus (the concept is pictured here) could offer a turbocharged V-8 engine when it launches in 2017, rather than a V-10 or V-12 engine. “An SUV could be a turbo engine for the first time for us,” CEO Winkelmann told AE. Similarly, when European bureau chief Georg Kacher drove the Lamborghini Huracan, he reported that, “the Italians have quietly started to work on their own high-revving twin-turbo unit.”
The announcement comes just two years after CEO Winkelmann downplayed the possibility of Lamborghini using turbos. He told Autocar in 2012, “For the time being it will not happen… For this decade, I don’t see it happening in the super sport car business — although I would also caution against saying it could never happen.”
It’s possible that the Lamborghini Urus could share an engine with Audi, given that the Urus will use the same platform as the next-generation Audi Q7 and Volkswagen Touareg. (Note that the Audi R8 and Lamborghini Gallardo/Huracan also share engines and platforms.) The Q7 will reportedly offer a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine, which could potentially be upgraded for use by the Urus.
The Lamborghini Urus was introduced at the 2012 Beijing auto show and is expected to launch by 2017. It shares its platform with the next Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg, which in turn are all based on the new “MLB” modular platform that Volkswagen will employ for dozens of different vehicles.