Ferrari has used turbochargers off and on over the years. Porsche has long embraced them. McLaren uses them exclusively these days. As do Pagani and Bugatti. Lamborghini never has, but that could all change in the near future.

According to Auto Express (whose reports we usually take with a grain or two of sodium chloride) in speaking with Sant'Agata's R&D chief Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini could be forced to start using turbocharged engines in the next three to four years. And their first application in the Raging Bull marque's history could be on the upcoming production version of the Urus concept.

The Urus, for those who may not recall, was a crossover concept unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show two years ago and which we saw in a closed-door preview just before that during the New York Auto Show. Taking a sportier approach than the unapologetically utilitarian LM002 (popularly known as the "Rambo Lambo"), the Urus followed the Estoque sedan concept in testing the waters for a different kind of Lamborghini – one to which potential buyers apparently responded positively, as the Italian automaker has been working on bringing it to production ever since.

That is now expected to come in 2017, with production slated to take place (or at least begin) in Slovakia at the same Bratislava plant that builds the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg – the next-generation versions of which will share their MLB platform with the Urus as well as Bentley's upcoming SUV, known until now as the EXP 9 F (the F standing for Falcon).

Whenever the Urus finally reaches production and wherever it's built, rumors are strongly indicating that it will be powered by the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 (or some form thereof) developed by Bentley and Audi. Considering that the Cayenne is already available with turbo power and that the upcoming Maserati Levante likely will as well, the development will likely shock no one outside of Ferruccio's most faithful followers.


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      MJC
      • 7 Months Ago
      So, so wrong. We already have Touareg derivatives ranging from $40K-$150K+, do we really need a $200K+ Touareg?
      Feurig
      • 7 Months Ago
      It doesn't matter what anyone thinks. These are going to sell like crazy.
        Grimace73
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Feurig
        Yup. Mostly by Footballers as they would say on Top Gear.
      Street King
      • 7 Months Ago
      Slam it, chop the top and call it the 2018 Dodge Charger
      Jon Murphy
      • 7 Months Ago
      Ha! I love how they show images of this Lambo off road. Like your going to drive your $150k-200k+ SUV with 22in rims through boulders and gravel.
      d.hollywood
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'dve been ok with a LM002 revival. This thing...just...NO.
      muspod
      • 7 Months Ago
      W T F......
      SPNKr
      • 7 Months Ago
      Produced in south africa, using a VW/Audi chassis, and now an Audi engine. Is Lamborghini just a trim level now? Some bodywork, fancy interior and suspension tuning maybe?
      11fiveoh
      • 7 Months Ago
      RSQ5 at lamborghini prices... maybe they should start selling tractors again.
        11fiveoh
        • 7 Months Ago
        @11fiveoh
        Looks like this is the Q7 chassis... But, you get the point.
      Ihuoma Raymond
      • 7 Months Ago
      I don't like this 'thing'.
      Bernard
      • 7 Months Ago
      If it's not the world's fastest SUV ever, then Lamborghini has failed. I'm expecting 60 in 3.8, the quarter in 13, and a 180 mph top speed.
        Jon
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Bernard
        13? Without checking I am pretty sure Cayenne Turbo and X5M run the quarter in the low to mid 12's.
      MJC
      • 7 Months Ago
      So, so wrong. We already have Touareg derivatives ranging from $40K-$150K+, do we really need a $200K+ Touareg?
      LMT42
      • 7 Months Ago
      The only way this car makes sense is if the top is reinforced enough to allow you to recline on it with your date..
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