Lamborghini Urus Plug-In Hybrid keeps V-8 and adds more power

Lamborghini Urus Plug-In Hybrid keeps V-8 and adds more power


Leave it to Lamborghini to create an exciting plug-in hybrid SUV. The new Urus SE is an electrified version of the company’s best-selling model, now with more power and speed. Although a PHEV setup usually involves a downsized engine, that’s not the case here. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 remains around, supplemented by an electric motor.

Housed in the eight-speed automatic transmission, the electric motor produces 189 horsepower and 356 pound-feet of torque. The gas engine produces a substantial 612 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. Together, the two deliver a total system output of 789 hp at 6,000 rpm and a mountain-moving 701 lb-ft from 1,750 rpm.

Compared to the Urus S, the new SE is 0.1 seconds quicker to 62 mph, completing the task in 3.4 seconds. It’s worth noting that the Performante remains the fastest in the Urus range, with a time of 3.3 seconds. This raging new bull hits 200 km/h in 11.4 seconds, which is 1.1 seconds ahead of the petrol-only version, and even 0.1 seconds ahead of the spicy Urus Performante. Flat out, it can hit 194 mph, making it a bit quicker than the two V-8-only versions.

The Urus SE comes with a 25.7 kWh lithium-ion battery mounted under the cargo floor, providing more than 37 miles of pure electric range. Driven in EV mode, the SUV reaches a top speed of 81 mph. After that, the V8 automatically kicks in. Lamborghini goes so far as to say that emissions are reduced by 80 percent compared to the pure ICE model.

With the plug-in hybrid, Lamborghini is taking the opportunity to give the SUV a little boost. These updated LED matrix headlights now have a daytime running light signature that resembles a bull’s tail, or so we’re told. There are some discreet tweaks to the front end with design cues derived from the Revuelto supercar. The rear appears to be inspired by the Gallardo and increases downforce by 35% compared to the Urus S.

Lambo will sell the electrified SUV with new 23-inch wheels, more than 100 body color options and 47 interior themes. If none of these appeal to you, there’s also the Ad Personam program for point releases… as long as your bank account can handle it. The Urus SE comes with a pair of 12.3-inch screens and four new selectable modes: EV Drive, Hybrid, Performance and Recharge. These are in addition to the usual Strada, Sport, Corsa, Neve, Sabbia and Terra.

We wonder if a similar V-8 PHEV setup is also planned for the Huracan replacement arriving later this year. We already know that Lamborghini is retiring the V-10 and plans to downsize it in the future.

As for the Urus, Lamborghini has already confirmed that the second-generation model will be strictly an electric vehicle when it launches in 2029. So if you want an exotic gasoline-powered SUV from the legendary Italian brand, place your order now.




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