Lamborghini announced plans to build a crossover earlier this year and CEO Stephan Winkelmann has confirmed the company has already created a least one prototype of the upcoming model.

Speaking to Autocar, Winkelmann said he drove a prototype on a racetrack this fall and was "astonished" as the crossover was "more than any of us expected."  The executive went on to say the model was powerful, easy to drive and had very good handling.  Despite the obvious focus on performance, Winkelmann said the prototype was comfortable and had a "limousine feel."

Lamborghini Research and Development director Maurizio Reggiani also noted a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine was the "best choice" for the model.  As he explained, the "engine must be light and powerful and with the capability with this torque at low revs to allow the car to be ‘elastic’ in every type of condition.” Reggiani went on to say the twin-turbo engine will be unique to Lamborghini and will be the "most powerful in the class."

The exterior styling is nearly complete and Winkelmann hinted the production model will have a roomier interior and a more "evolved design" than the Urus concept.  The crossover is slated to go on sale in 2018 and the company expects to sell approximately 3,000 units annually.

Source: Autocar

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