Fast SUV fans, listen up: Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali has confirmed the 4.0-litre biturbo V8 in the company’s much-anticipated Urus SUV will produce 650 horsepower – a full 100 hp more than the mighty Range Rover Sport SVR. In addition, a plug-in hybrid version will arrive in the second quarter of 2019, roughly a year after the Urus' debut in Europe, according to Automotive News.
Lamborghini has big expectations for its foray into the booming crossover SUV segment. According to Automotive News, it expects to build around 1,000 Urus in 2018 and boost volume to 3,500 in 2019. If the firm reaches that goal, the SUV would account for half of the Italian supercar maker’s annual output – most of which will be incremental growth.
Gallery: 2018 Lamborghini Urus spy photos
Lamborghini started pre-production of the Urus at its Sant'Agata Bolognese factory in April, and camouflaged test mules with the final body have already hit the road.
However, despite the Urus packing 650 hp, Lamborghini won’t focus on making the the new model the fastest crossover around the Nürburgring. Instead, the company will try to make this a more family-friendly Lambo by addressing more than just outright performance.
The high-performance crossover segment is beginning to thrive. Jeep recently revealed the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with 707 horsepower from a 6.2-litre supercharged Hellcat V8. It can reportedly hit 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds and run the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds.
Lambo’s rivals at Porsche also have a high-output crossover on the way. The next-generation Cayenne will eventually be available in S E-Hybrid trim that will combine a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 and plug-in hybrid. The setup produces 671 horsepower and 627 pound-feet in the Panamera.
Source: Automotive News