Lamborghini Urus V-8 to Be Unique to SUV, Not Shared With Sports Cars
Twin-Turbo Motor Won’t Replace V-10, V-12 in Huracán, Aventador
Lamborghini confirmed that the 4.0L twin-turbocharged V-8 destined for its Urus super-SUV will not be shared with the company’s other models, according to a report in Autocar. Speaking to the U.K.-based magazine, Lamborghini chief Stephan Winkelmann said the company’s engineering ethos mandated a one-car, one-engine strategy, likely to maintain a distinct personality for each model.
In that same vein, it’s unlikely we’ll see the Urus SUV offered in higher trims with the company’s naturally aspirated V-10 or V-12 engines, which are reserved for the Huracán and Aventador, respectively. Much like those high-performance sports cars, harder-core versions of the Urus will likely come with altered engine and suspension tuning, rather than wholly different engine layouts.
With the Bentley Bentayga hitting the market with a 187-mph top speed, the Urus will have its work cut out for it if it wants to match its Lambo-spec styling with outrageous performance. Although the V-8 destined for the Urus shares its displacement and aspiration with engines found in Audi and Bentley models, Lamborghini engineers promise their SUV’s powerplant will be bespoke.
Audi’s 4.0L V-8 makes 420 hp, while the similar unit found in Bentley’s Continental and Flying Spur lineup produces 500 hp. Expect the Urus’ apparently unrelated engine to make at least 550 hp, which could give the Lamborghini performance numbers comparable to the 600hp, W-12–powered Bentley Bentayga. It would be a pity if Volkswagen Group would allow its luxury brand to outperform its supercar brand, even in the SUV segment.