The Lambo SUV will use a biturbo 4.0-litre V8 engine developing 650 horsepower.
We're only a few months away from the official unveiling of the Lamborghini Urus, and now a near-production prototype has been spotted on and around the Nürburgring track. The LM002 spiritual successor has been a long time coming considering the namesake concept was unveiled back in 2012 at the Beijing Motor Show. While that one was envisioned with a naturally aspirated V12 engine, the road-going model will lose four cylinders and gain two turbochargers.
Indeed, the Urus will represent Lamborghini’s first turbocharged production car ever, and it will also be Sant’Agata Bolognese’s first electrified model as a plug-in hybrid variant will be launched in the second quarter of 2019. The regular version – if we can call it that – has already been confirmed to churn a meaty 650 horsepower from its V8 4.0-litre engine.
The adjacent spy footage is showing the same prototype we caught on camera last month. It continues to have full body camouflage, but even so it’s easy to notice the final production model won’t stray away too far from the styling of the showcar. It still has the same heavily sloped roofline and the menacing front with a pair of massive air vents, while the rear end with those beefy quad exhaust pipes screams performance.
Lamborghini has made it clear it won’t go after the record for the fastest SUV around the Nürburgring. That being said, the Urus probably has the credentials to try and dethrone the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio by doing a lap of the Green Hell in less than the 7 minutes and 59 seconds needed by the Italian high-performance model. Truth be told, Alfa hasn’t actually released footage yet to prove the performance of its very first SUV.
Even if the Urus won’t do a record-breaking attempt, the Volkswagen Group will probably try and claim the title considering there’s a new Porsche Cayenne en route and it has already been confirmed to get a crazy Turbo S E-Hybrid flagship. If it will get the exact same powertrain as the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, it means the super SUV from Stuttgart will have even more power than the Urus: a monstrous 671 hp.
Meanwhile, the Lamborghini Urus is expected to debut in the latter half of the year. We might see it at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September or even sooner in an online reveal.