Rumours of electric running for the Lamborghini Urus are beginning to swirl amongst fans of the manufacturer. The Italian supercar brand is venturing into unchartered territory already in developing a SUV which is due in 2018. Hints that the Urus will run on a plug-in hybrid powertrain could suggest a double-first for Lamborghini.
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann commented on the hybrid rumours: “The SUV has a big advantage if you want to do a plug-in hybrid, because with the packaging it is much easier with the power-to-weight ratio”. A larger car is not impacted by the loss of space, and the additional weight that adding batteries can cause, in the way that a smaller vehicle may be.
Demonstrating its capability in this area, Lamborghini revealed the Asterion hybrid concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The Asterion featured a 602bhp V10 engine with a battery pack and twin electric motors, developing a massive total output of 897bhp.
Previewed by a concept at Pebble Beach in 2012, the sharp, angular styling and athletic shape of the Urus stays true to the Lamborghini aesthetic. Winkelmann has stated that the Urus will be useable for everyday driving, yet will accelerate well and have plenty of power for a high top speed.
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