We've known for quite some time that Lamborgini's upcoming Urus SUV wouldn't receive one of the company's famous naturally aspirated V10s or V12s, instead being powered by a twin-turbo V8. There's no need to worry about it being down on power, though. , Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali confirmed that the V8 in the Urus will pump out 650 horsepower when it arrives next year.
That output will make the Urus more powerful than any current version Hurcan, which offers a maximum of 640 horsepower in Nurburgring-dominating Performante spec. In fact, the Urus' 650 horsepower is pretty close to the entry-level Aventador, powered by a 691-hp V12.
The Urus will be based on the same VW Group platform that underpins the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga, but interestingly, Lamborghini says its SUV's V8 is engineered in-house. In other words, the Urus won't use VW Group's new Porsche-developed twin-turbo V8.
A V8-powered Urus is set to arrive sometime in 2018, while a plug-in hybrid version will follow later. Former Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said previously that the hybrid Urus will focus more on efficiency, while the gas-powered model is all about performance.
Domenicali told Automotive News that Lamborghini plans on building 1000 examples of the Urus next year, ramping up production to 3500 units in 2019; when the vehicle arrives in the US market in the third quarter of 2018, it will start below $200,000, Domenicali said.