A hybrid Lamborghini crossover? What has the world come to? 670 horsepower, that's what.
Hybrid" used to be a dirty word for automotive enthusiasts, but with supercars like the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, upcoming Ferrari F150 and stalled Jaguar C-X75 all packing high-output gasoline-electric powertrains, that notion is quickly being turned on its head. Next in line could be Lamborghini, which has been rumored to be considering an available hybrid powertrain in the Urus crossover from the beginning. Now reports suggest it could pack as much as 670 horsepower.
With a relatively short nose, as Motor Trend points out in a new report, the Urus in its current form wouldn’t likely be able to accommodate the Gallardo’s V10 or the Aventador’s V12. The last time Sant'Agata made an SUV was the LM002 in the 80s that used the Countach's V12, but the Urus is emerging as a different beast entirely. Lambo has stated that it would look to the VW group parts-bin to power the Urus. If it paired a twin-turbo V8 with an electric motor or two, it could be looking at well over 600 horsepower. Porsche's Cayenne and Panamera hybrids have just 380 horsepower.
The hybrid option would probably be offered in addition to a conventional powertrain, but could be offered with plug-in capability to classify it as a range-extended EV, which could in turn make it eligible for all manner of government exemptions around the world. Imagine speeding down the HOV lane in a 670hp Lamborghini and try not to smile.