Long before Lamborghini unveiled the Urus concept for its new SUV at the Beijing Motor Show last month, we got two chances to preview the show truck: once at the factory in Italy and once at a private preview in New York. The Italian automaker's development chief Maurizio Reggiani wasn't prepared to talk about powertrain options at the time, but in speaking with Automotive News, he's now given us a hint of what to expect should the Volkswagen Group board give the project the green light.

As expected, the Urus would have to be based on the same platform that is slated to underpin the next Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Bentley EXP 9 F (if similarly approved) in order to make good business sense. Unfortunately, that new PL73 architecture is made principally of steel, a material that Lamborghini has been getting away from in favor of new types of carbon fiber construction. In order to keep weight down – Lambo is targeting 4,400 lbs for the Urus, significantly less than its potential competitors – it would need to make other components out of carbon to compensate.

That covers the mass side of the power-to-weight ratio that is integral to any performance vehicle. As for the power, Reggiani says the company has yet to make a final decision. The last time Lamborghini made an SUV – the legendary LM002 "Rambo Lambo" – it was powered by the same high-revving V12 as the Countach, lending to speculation that the Urus could incorporate the new V12 from the Aventador or the V10 from the Gallardo. Reggiani, however, indicates that the new twin-turbo V8 powering the latest Audi RS models and the Bentley Continental is a more likely choice, given that it would help keep weight down and provide more low-end torque than the naturally-aspired 10 or 12-pots the Raging Bull marque currently produces for its sports cars.


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      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      "that the new twin-turbo V8 powering the latest Audi RS models and the Bentley Continental is a more likely choice" seriously AB, get your facts straight! NO new RS model to date has the new engine yet...the new S models do. first you get the power numbers for the new 918 wrong, now this....and you want to be taken seriously?!!!
      Mondrell
      • 2 Years Ago
      If Lamborghini is so concerned about preserving its performance legacy and boosting its fuel economy average, then dump it for something more inherently suited to those goals. Because it sounds to me as if the economies of scale they'd get from using common VAG architecture could be jeopardized by the specialized parts and engineering necessary to get the Urus down to its target weight. The market for SUVs may be more lucrative, but if you're having to go through that much trouble. . .
      Fonin
      • 2 Years Ago
      1) I loved the LM, one of my faves of all time. 2) 4400lbs is an amazing target, my VQ40 frontier was about 4100lbs in king cab 6spd 2wd. 3) I hate this vehicle 4) can't wait to see one
      EJD1984
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had always thought that the 1990 Magna Vehma Torrero Concept would have made a great Lamborghini SUV. http://flaviendachet.blogspot.com/2011/12/90-magna-vehma-torrero-concept.html
      Aryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm going to get downvoted but the last good looking, true to the heritage Lamborghini was the LP640. Everything AFTER Reventon has been using the F22 Raptor styling, it was good for Reventon but using it in the entire range has been a mistake I think.. Yes, That does mean I hate the Aventador. Look at how they went from the Diablo to the Murcielago which was revolutionary and how they went from the Murcielago to the Aventador which was evolutionary.
      Aaron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can you imagine actually driving over rocks that size with those rims and tires? You would not make it 10 feet. The marketing is confusing. "we, an italian sports car company, are going to jump on the SUV/crossover bandwagon with a vehicle that does neither on or off road very well. We are going to make huge compromises to our brand in order to bring this poorly thought out vehicle to market." It is rediculus that they release photos of the Uranus, whoops- Urus, rendered on mountain tops sitting on rock piles that it will never be capable of navigating and not acknowledge that this vehicle is actually designed to park in front of Beverly Hills boutiques and not much else. I am predicting record-setting depreciation. I had the pleasure to ride shotgun in a UR twin turbocharged Murcielago and it was the most mind blowing experience I have ever partcipated in. They (Lambo) do some things very well. This "SUV" is not it. Lambo, Stick to the looney, insane and brilliant sports cars. please.
        creamwobbly
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron
        "we, an Italian subsidiary of a German commodity vehicle company ..." ftfy
        Mondrell
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron
        "we, an italian sports car company, are going to jump on the SUV/crossover bandwagon with a vehicle that does neither on or off road very well. We are going to make huge compromises to our brand in order to bring this poorly thought out vehicle to market." Best. Summation. Ever. Cheers.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rear looks fugly. Lambo shouldn't dilute their brand with such stupid car.
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lambo get a clue . This is so ugly and wrong . What a joke this is going to be !
      • 2 Years Ago
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      creamwobbly
      • 2 Years Ago
      What's the plural of "Urus"? Even though there's no grammatical reason for it, I propose Urine.
      Neil
      • 2 Years Ago
      if you really want to know ugly, look at their suv from the 80's! now that was ugly!
      Ronzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear Lambo: DON'T DO IT. This thing is a giant VW turd. PLEASE STOP THE MADNESS.
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