Upcoming Lamborghini Urus SUV Will Reportedly Be Brand’s First Plug-In Hybrid

Head of R&D at Lamborghini says the plug-in hybrid option will be unique to the Urus within the brand’s lineup.

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For the first time in the brand’s infamous gas-devouring history, Lamborghini will offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain for its new SUV, R&D Chief Maurizio Reggiani confirmed to Autocar.

If you prefer your Lamborghinis to stay truer to form, however—to chug as much fuel as possible and turn it into speed—there will also be a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 on offer, likely similar in form to Audi and Porsche’s new 4.0-liter power plants.

Either way you slice it, this will be the first time in Lamborghini’s history that it produces a model whose powertrain isn’t fully naturally aspirated—which raises the question of whether Lamborghini is actually starting to lose its lunacy. What’s next?

But Reggiano’s reasoning for the powertrain choice is strong: For a car of this size (and heft) to be a true Lamborghini—with likely record-breaking performance—the choice to use turbocharging is “completely mandatory,” he said to Autocar. Just take a look at the Bentley Bentayga, which has been crowned as the quickest SUV on the market—its power plant, though it has more cylinders than the Urus, is turbocharged, too.

Not to mention, the styling is completely Lamborghini, claimed Reggiani.

“The design [of the Urus] is pure Lamborghini," he said. "It has evolved considerably since the concept and the finished car is much better inside and out."

Slated for its debut in 2018, the Urus will share the same Volkswagen Group platform as the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga.