An SUV that kicks Urus

Wheels (Australia) - - Part 2 Australia -

The Urus isn’t Lam­borgh­ini’s first jacked-up model, but it will de­but a few firsts for the brand. The most ob­vi­ous of which is the use of a forced-in­duc­tion engine; a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 (ge­net­i­cally linked to the unit used by Audi and Bent­ley) tipped to pro­duce 485kw. While it’s un­likely that the Urus line-up will ever in­clude Lam­borgh­ini’s ‘sig­na­ture’ V12, it will in­stead be the first to in­clude a plug-in hy­brid vari­ant. But CEO Domeni­cali has stressed that the hy­brid driv­e­train won’t be used to boost per­for­mance, like the range-top­ping Porsche Panam­era Turbo S E-hy­brid; rather help cut fleet av­er­age emis­sions. Also off the cards is a diesel vari­ant, ac­cord­ing to R& D di­rec­tor, Mau­r­izio Reg­giani.

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