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The upcoming Urus SUV is the primary candidate to be Lamborghini's first hybrid model, although the business case has yet to be signed off
Matt Burt
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18 December 2015

The forthcoming Lamborghini Urus SUV is a better candidate to be the company's first plug-in hybrid than the Huracán and Aventador super-sports cars, company chiefs have revealed.

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.”

Winkelmann wouldn’t be drawn on when a decision whether to put a hybrid Urus into production would be made. “The V8 is most important to us at the moment but it was also important to plan the packaging of the car to make it easy to install a hybrid system without dramatic modification in the future,” he said.

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scrap 18 December 2015

Lamborghini are always behind

Lamborghini are always behind the curve. Their comments about hybrid are a bit embarrassing given that numerous rivals have already overcome these issues and put such cars into production. McLaren has overtaken them. It seems Porsche can command a higher price for their flagship than Lamborghini can - and Porsche will also sell you a sports car for less than £40k. Lamborghini can't even get their SUV out ahead of rivals, despite history in this sector and the tech of VAG behind them.
Adrian987 18 December 2015

Easy money

The SUV is flavour of the moment, so is likely to offer a much better business case with much less effort, and in terms of sales volumes, will help with meeting group emissions targets more easily, perhaps? Strangely enough, BMW seem to have made the i8 appealing (1575kg), without it costing a million. Am I missing something?
gigglebug 18 December 2015

Adrian987 wrote: The SUV is

Adrian987 wrote:

The SUV is flavour of the moment, so is likely to offer a much better business case with much less effort, and in terms of sales volumes, will help with meeting group emissions targets more easily, perhaps? Strangely enough, BMW seem to have made the i8 appealing (1575kg), without it costing a million. Am I missing something?

Yeah I didn't really get the million pound comment either, maybe it's been misinterpreted slighty. I'm sure that the reason Porsche, Ferrari and Mclaren are able to charge so much for their "Hypercars" now is merely because the market can comfortably sustain cars in that price range where it possibly couldn't 10 years ago, the Veyron appears to have changed the market completely. I mean if people are willing to pay well over a million for the last generation Ferrari Hypercar they sure as well will pay the same for the latest, greatest model as well!

xxxx 18 December 2015

Gigglebug

You're a sad person with a personality problem, just because I highlighted the problems with the Toyota Mira and ix35 Hydrogen cars and why the plug-in will succeed you can’t sleep at night and mention me in your posts. Well I think you should move on and realise people have different opinions to yourself. But it's nice to know you're thinking of me.
gigglebug 18 December 2015

xxxx wrote: You're a sad

xxxx wrote:

You're a sad person with a personality problem, just because I highlighted the problems with the Toyota Mira and ix35 Hydrogen cars and why the plug-in will succeed you can’t sleep at night and mention me in your posts. Well I think you should move on and realise people have different opinions to yourself. But it's nice to know you're thinking of me.

Where did you disappear to on the Hyundai review XXXX? You couldn't really show your face again after the battering you got could you XXXX!!?? Why would I want to move on from showing up your general stupidity XXXX when it gives me great pleasure to do so??