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2019 Lamborghini Urus: Everything We Know

On Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Twenty five years after the outrageous LM002 ended production, Lamborghini is getting back in the SUV game with a new model, the Urus. We haven’t seen it in the flesh yet, but we actually know quite a lot about this new SUV. It’s just two months away from making its debut, so in the meantime, let’s get caught up on what we’ve already heard.

2019 Lamborghini Urus

In a design video featuring Chief Technical Officer Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini includes a video clip of the Urus accelerating at what seems to be full throttle from a stop. This is the first time we get to hear that Lamborghini-designed twin-turbo V8 in action.

It Looks Like This

In a video briefly posted to its YouTube page, it appears that Lamborghini itself revealed the Urus before its December 4th debut. A front three-quarter view of the Urus is shown on a screen that lists its driving modes. Lamborghini quickly took the video down, but as Carscoops points out, it was reposted elsewhere in short order.

Lamborghini is one of the few automakers that has stuck steadfastly to naturally aspirated engines, but that’s set to change with the Urus. Company CEO Stefano Domenicali confirmed earlier this year that the SUV would get a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 making 650 hp. Interestingly, this engine isn’t the new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 developed by Porsche for use across the VW Group—Lambo’s V8 is brand-exclusive.

Lamborghini went for a twin-turbo V8 presumably to improve fuel economy, but also because it better suited the character of an SUV. In 2015, Lamborghini R&D boss Maurizio Reggiani said that a V8 would be light, and provide nice low-end torque.

The Urus might have fewer cylinders than Lamborghini’s other cars, but it’s not lacking power—it’ll have 10 more horsepower than the Huracan Performante and it won’t be far off the 691-hp Aventador.

There’ll Be a Hybrid Version Too

When Domenicali confirmed that the Urus would receive V8 power, he also mentioned that a plug-in hybrid model was coming too. We don’t know too much about this powertrain, but it will utilize the regular Urus’ V8, and it’s not meant to be a high-performance model. Domenicali said that this is the version to get if you care about fuel economy. The Urus plug-in hybrid should arrive a year after the regular V8 model goes into production.

It might not be our sort of Lamborghini—we like the Huracan RWD and Performante, thanks for asking—but there’s no doubt that a lot of people are excited for this car. And if it’s even half as wild as the LM002, we could probably learn to love it too.

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