Although Lamborghini top brass haven’t yet signed off the business case for a plug-in hybrid version of the Urus, which will be offered first as a non-hybrid twin-turbo petrol V8 in 2018, it is still a strong possibility.
It is more challenging to install a hybrid powertrain into a sports car, where the extra weight has a greater impact.
Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s research and development boss, said: “When you add a 200kg battery to a super-sports car, you immediately change the weight distribution of the car. You destroy the DNA of the car.
“In the Urus there will be a bigger luggage compartment, so you have the space where you can install batteries in a position that is good in principal for an SUV, and you don’t need a complete redevelopment or repackaging of the car.”
To achieve a sports car with CO2 emissions below 100g/km, Reggiani said, means installing 200kg of batteries and then “spending a quantity of money to save this weight again – you must use titanium, magnesium and carbonfibre in every part of the car”.
Lamborghini’s president and chief executive Stephan Winkelmann explained that a hybrid sports car was harder to for the company to justify financially. “If you really want to have a hybrid car with, for example, an electric range of 50km, but you want to also maintain a good power-to-weight, you are raising the bar to a million-pound car," he said.
“It is something that we cannot allow without then charging it back to the customers, and this is not a market that is so large it can last for seven or eight years. It will be dead after a couple of years.”