Lamborghini has officially announced details for the production of its Urus SUV.
The exotic Italian automaker confirmed that the Urus will be assembled at the company’s factory in Sant’Agata, with the plant nearly doubling in size and adding 500 new long-term jobs.
Lamborghini’s goal is to maufacture about 3,000 Urus SUVs annually, which is more than the combined production figures of its Gallardo, Huracan and Aventador models from last year (2,600). The Italian Government is lending a helping hand to help expand jobs in the country by offering Lamborghini incentives and tax breaks, as was previously reported.
As for official details on the production version of the Urus, Lamborghini didn’t announce any other than that the model is confirmed for production. Top Gear did speak to the company’s engineering chief, Maurizio Reggiani, who shared some details on the upcoming model. For one, don’t expect the production version to incorporate a ton of carbon fiber in its construction. According to Reggiani, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to put so much carbon in the structure of the production Urus since the SUV’s drivetrain, suspension and interior are so heavy.
What that actually means it that the production Urus can share its platform with something existing or in development, such as the one being used for the Bentley Bentayga and the next-generation Porsche Cayenne. To give the Urus the driving experience one would expect from a Lamborghini, the company will focus more on improving chassis technology, placing an importance on active anti-roll, adaptive damping and variable ride height.
Surprisingly, the Urus could make use of forced induction or hybrid technology for its powerplant, neither of which has ever been used in a Lamborghini production car.
Yes, the Italian automaker’s V10 and V12 engines are plenty powerful in its sports cars, but SUVs need torque which could come from turbocharging or an electric motor. Look towards the Asterion concept from Lamborghini to get an idea of what could end up in the Urus. In that concept, Lamborghini demonstrated it does have the know-how to create a plug-in hybrid powertrain for its models, something it doesn’t consider for its production sports car because of weight.
Lastly, expect the styling to change when the production model debuts, considering the Urus concept originally debuted in 2012.
[Source: Top Gear]
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