The second model in the upcoming Lamborghini Urus SUV will utilise a hybrid powertrain that will help bring the average fleet emissions of the Italian brand down and keep the naturally-aspirated V10 and V12 models in existence amid toughening emission restrictions.
According to the brand’s head of research and development, Maurizio Reggiani, the technical side of its naturally-aspirated V10 and V12 engines meeting new emission restrictions is absolutely possible, however it’s the emission taxation and fuel economy figures that will hurt those models in the future.
Nonetheless, the introduction of the Urus hybrid SUV will help the brand bring those overall emission figures down across its fleet.
“We can fulfil ever kind of emission [requirement], now the big discussion is fuel consumption, taxation and emission. Emission is a classic engineering job we can do… we can fulfil everything, it's not a problem." Reggiani said.
“The other is related to fuel consumption. We have a fleet average, and new models that will come will help us remain in the top niche and compensate this. Taxation is something that is more political and price orientated, but in the end, we are in the field with the super sports car where you cannot make four-cylinder two-litres'.
"You can have the same power with a big, big turbo, but it will take 10 mins to arrive at maximum speed.”
Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali, says that the brand won't hold back volumes of the Urus Hybrid in order to meet toughening fleet average emission regulations.
“For sure, if the car is going very well, then let us push for the max, it will be there. But we need to understand the right balance with the push to grow, and the total number of cars to put on the emission consideration - because that is the driver for us, more than the volume. That will keep us pushing really hard on the V10 and V12,” Domenicali said.
Lamborghini will first introduce the Urus SUV later this year with a twin-turbo V8 with around 485kW of power. This power unit is based on engines shared with Bentley and Porsche as part of the Volkswagen group. The hybrid model will follow in 2018.
The Italian supercar manufacturer plans to make naturally-aspirated V10 and V12 models for as long as possible.