Lamborghini Urus Reportedly Confirmed for Production
VW Group Performance SUV Flagship Could Come in 2017
The proliferation of SUVs and crossovers in every shape, size and price continues, with the latest example being the Lamborghini Urus SUV. According to British automotive media outlet Autoexpress, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann says a production version of the Urus SUV concept shown at last year's Beijing auto show could be headed to showrooms as soon as 2017.
As part of the Volkswagen Group, Lamborghini has full access to the corporate parts bin, and it's believed the Urus will share its platform with the next-generation Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, and Volkswagen Touareg. Specific powertrain details are unknown, other than a targeted power output of around 600 hp. Initial speculation was that if built, the Urus would be powered by a version of the Gallardo's V-10, but the latest report suggests it will be powered by a hybrid drivetrain with a turbocharged V-8, likely a variant of the Audi 4.0 that powers the S6, S7, and S8 models.
Like the concept, the production version of the Urus is expected to make extensive use of composites aluminum to make it as lightweight as possible. The current Porsche Cayenne weighs around 4400. Lamborghini may be targeting a weight below 4000 pounds, an ambitious target if the Urus will have a hybrid powertrain, which adds a battery pack and electric motor. Price for the future raging bull SUV is expected to be in the $200,000+ arena.