Uncovering the Secrets of the Mystery Lamborghini SUV in Testing

Future plug-in hybrid model on the horizon.

Recently, a heavily camouflaged Lamborghini Urus prototype was caught on camera near the Sant’Agata Bolognese factory, leading us to speculate that this is the highly anticipated plug-in hybrid variant scheduled for release later this year. It makes sense, as the manufacturer wouldn’t go through so much effort to conceal the vehicle if it wasn’t something as significant as a new powertrain. Furthermore, the presence of visible exhaust tips further strengthens our belief that this is not just an early electric vehicle prototype.

The upcoming Urus PHEV model is expected to have a similar appearance to the current Urus S and Performante, but with certain design elements and a charging port unique to its hybrid nature. Speculations indicate that the V8 engine will be upgraded with technology developed by Porsche. It is possible that this could be an altered version of the powertrain used in the recently released Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid, which combines a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with a 187-horsepower electric motor and a 25.9 kWh battery.

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The combined power generated by the Panamera comes in at an impressive 670 horsepower and 685 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to race to 60 miles per hour in an incredible three seconds. In the newly enhanced Cayenne, a comparable configuration has been ramped up to a staggering 729 horses. Unsurprisingly, Lamborghini is aiming for even greater performance.

According to sources, engineers at Sant’Agata are aiming to squeeze 820 horsepower from the Urus plug-in hybrid model, potentially making it faster than the Performante. As a refresher, the Performante currently boasts 657 hp and can accelerate from 0-62 mph in a mere 3.3 seconds before hitting its maximum speed of 190 mph.

Additional reports indicate that the Urus PHEV may incorporate the electrified V8 engine counterpart from the anticipated replacement for the Huracan model.

The covering is probably present to mask the location of the charging slot and the model-specific elements. Initial images from undercover sources have revealed a distinct front bumper, an upgraded hood, and mildly altered headlights. Additionally, quad tailpipes resembling the current Performante version have also been spotted.

Lamborghini is gradually embracing the concept of electrification. Last year, the Revuelto made its debut with its V12 engine combined with a plug-in hybrid system, and it has been announced that the Huracan’s successor will feature an electrified V8. As the company’s top seller, the Urus will most likely lead the charge into this new electric era. In 2029, a fully electric version of the Urus will be introduced to replace the current model. Prior to that, in 2028, the brand’s first electric vehicle, previewed by the Lanzador prototype, will go into production.

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