The Lamborghini Urus

Lamborghini Urus SUV not coming until 2017, could pack twin turbo V8

Many of the fine details of the Lamborghini Urus went unanswered at the Beijing Motor Show debut but during a recent talk with Automotive News Europe – the company’s lead engineer offered some hints to what we may see from the production super SUV.

First off, when the Lamborghini Urus sport utility vehicle debuted in China, rumors indicated that it could happen as soon as 2015 but according to the discussion with Automotive News Europe, Lamborghini research and development director Maurizio Reggiani stated that production would begin no sooner than early 2017.

Over the next few years, Reggiani and his group of supercar builders will work on finding a way to bring the weight of the Lamborghini Urus down under 4,400 pounds. The problem is that the PL73 Volkswagen chassis platform that is used for current sport utility models like the Porsche Cayenne and the Audi Q7 weighs considerably more than 4,400lbs – with the Porsche Cayenne Turbo tipping the scales just under 4,800lbs while the Audi weighs a hefty 5,300lbs. This will leave the engineers from Lamborghini working to cut at least a few hundred pounds from the VW full size SUV platform and one of the ways that they could cut weight is by using a smaller engine.

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