Lamborghini has not entirely ruled out the idea of a plug-in hybrid Urus that would come later in the model's life cycle.

Lamborghini has not entirely ruled out the idea of a plug-in hybrid Urus that would come later in the model's life cycle.

Even though a few days ago Lamborghini’s CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, indicated the Urus will follow the company’s “one car, one engine” strategy, that could change in the future. Speaking to Autocar, the top brass at Lamborghini said that while the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 is the top priority, the Urus is being developed to easily accommodate a plug-in hybrid system.

However, a hybrid Urus hasn’t been green-lighted for production at the moment, because there’s the matter of weight. Lamborghini R&D chief, Maurizio Reggiani, said adding 441 lbs (200 kg) to a vehicle changes its weight distribution and this affects its DNA. To offset the extra bulk, the model would have to use more carbon fiber, magnesium, and titanium in its construction and this would ultimately increase the final price tag. Winkelmann said a Lamborghini hybrid with a 31-mile electric range and good power-to-weight ratio could cost almost $1.5 million.

That being said, Reggiani mentioned the Urus is compatible to accommodate this hardware since it will have the necessary room to place the batteries in a more optimal position without ruining weight distribution.

On the other hand, Winkelmann estimates the hybrid high-performance car trend will be dead after a couple of years. This means there might not be a market big enough to last for 7-8 years to justify the existence of a hybrid Urus.

All in all, a decision regarding a Urus with a plug-in hybrid powertrain is up in the air right now as Lamborghini has to consider factors such as weight, price, and whether it would generate enough demand.

Source: autocar.co.uk

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