Report: Lamborghini Urus V-8 Won't Be Used in Other Models
No self-driving tech for SUV either.
The twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine slated for the Lamborghini Urus crossover won't be used in any other Lamborghini models, according to a new report from Autocar. Lamborghini also has no intentions of putting self-driving technology in the Urus, CEO Stephan Winkelmann told Leftlane News.
The Lamborghini Huracán and Aventador both use naturally aspirated engines, a V-10 and a V-12 respectively, and Winkelmann said that will remain the case even as a twin-turbo V-8 is use for the Urus crossover.
"On the supersports cars we are convinced that the choices we have made with the naturally aspirated engines are still the right ones," he told Autocar. "We are saying as long as there is nothing that is better, especially at low revs or in terms of the sound that the V-10 and V-12 have, we stick to them."
Moreover, Winkelmann said that using turbocharging made sense for the Urus.
"By looking at a third model with a different mission, it is clear that for the purpose of the Urus the turbo is the right choice," he said.
Lamborghini also intends the Urus to sell to drivers who enjoy driving for themselves. Winkelmann told Leftlane News that the company thinks Lamborghini owners have a "willingness to drive the car," so the Urus will not include the semi-autonomous driving technologies seen in other luxury cars.
The Lamborghini Urus will enter production in 2018 in Italy, the first SUV from the automaker since the blocky LM002. The Urus was first shown as a concept car at the 2012 Beijing auto show. The production model will be a 2+2 crossover that will likely keep much of the wild styling from the concept (seen here).
Lamborghini expects the U.S., China, and the Middle East to be among the biggest sales markets for the Urus. The company hopes to sell about 3,000 per year, which would more than double Lambo's current annual sales volume. Rumors suggest the Urus will also spawn a SuperVeloce version with even more power -- reportedly as much as 600 hp from a hybrid drivetrain using a V-8 engine.