Lamborghinis typically use naturally aspirated V10 or V12 engines, but for the company's upcoming Urus SUV, it looks like something different is coming.
that Lamborghini's CEO Stephan Winkelmann and head of research and development Maurizio Reggiani have both confirmed that the Urus will forego natural aspiration in favor of turbocharging. Specifically, the Urus will be powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8.
Earlier this month, Winkelmann suggested to R&T that the Urus would be turbocharged, but we now have confirmation and a few more details.
"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," .
Despite Lamborghini being part of Volkswagen Group, the V8 used in the Urus is being developed specifically for Lamborghini and isn't borrowed from Audi.
"This engine is not used by anybody else, only for Lamborghini. To be the most powerful in the class it must have something that is dedicated to our brand. It must be able to produce the right amount power and torque, but do that in conjunction with the right transmission and chassis control that makes it a true Lamborghini," .
If you're worried that the Urus will dilute the brand, .
"It will be a true Lamborghini because it will be the fastest among the SUVs. We will have the most powerful engine and will have the car that is going to be a real super sports SUV. It has to keep the balance between matching the DNA of the brand, that is being a car that is really driveable and also have a lot of off-road capability, but the driving on the roads is much more important."
The company still has some work to do to get the Urus ready for production, but you can expect that version to be revealed in late 2017 or early 2018.