Turbocharged engines are usually synonymous with high performance, but over the last several years, turbos have gone mainstream as supposed efficiency-enhancers by enabling smaller-displacement engines to deliver levels of power traditionally delivered by larger-displacement, naturally-aspirated engines. So it's somewhat ironic that in its entire 50-year history, Lamborghini has not made a single turbocharged production model. That may change with the upcoming introduction of the Urus SUV.

According to a report from Auto Express, the production version of the Urus may get the twin-turbocharged 4.0L V-8 used in the Audi RS6 and RS7 models, rather than the 5.2L V-10 in the Gallardo or recently-introduced Huracan. In many ways, modern turbocharged engines may be better-suited for SUVs, with flat, consistent torque delivery from low revs, helping heavier SUVs get off the line quicker and deliver better mid-range passing power.

But the Urus may not be the last Lamborghini to get a turbocharged powerplant. Lamborghini research and development chief Maurizio Reggiani said the company may be "forced" to use turbocharged engines in the next three to four years in order to meet tightening global emissions and fuel economy standards.

Despite the likely selection of a more efficient twin-turbo V-8 over a high-revving, naturally-aspirated V-10, the Urus will still be squarely focused on high performance, with Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, who also oversees the Lamborghini brand, saying, "It definitely won't be a softie."

Source: Auto Express