Four years and 20,000 SUVs assembled later, the Lamborghini Urus recently underwent a mid-cycle update that brought a hot Performance derivative. The base model has gotten an “S” suffix and both flavors of the LM002 spiritual successor pack a wicked 666 horsepower. If you want more oomph, the plug-in hybrid seen here will add some raging bulls. Our spies caught a fully camouflaged prototype with a towing dynamometer.
A high-voltage yellow sticker indicates the Urus is equipped with a hybrid powertrain. We can easily see it from the plug-in hybrid variety with the fuel cap on the left rear fender. It hides the charging port where the owner will feed juice to an unknown battery. In the case of the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, the electrified liftback uses a 17.9 kWh package for 31 miles (50 kilometers) of zero-emissions range in the WLTP cycle. The EPA rates the Porsche at 17 miles (27 kilometers) before sipping on any petrol.
However, it’s unclear whether the Urus PHEV will indeed inherit the power bit from the Panamera. Putting the Lamborghini badge on this hardware could be accompanied by a few notable upgrades to justify what is sure to be a hefty premium. As a refresher, Porsche with the very long name paired a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine with an electric motor to produce a combined 690 hp and 641 lb-ft (869 Nm) of torque.
Logic tells us that the hybrid Urus will be the ultimate version, positioned above the S and the Performante in terms of power, performance and price. Report from Car Magazine shows a combined output of up to 820 hp, making it 130-hp more powerful than the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. As far as weight is concerned, it’s sure to gain some fat over the Urus S (2,197 kg / 4,843 lbs) and Urus Performante (2,150 kg / 4,739 lbs).
The full camo outfit is overdone, although the front bumper seems to hide a different design compared to the S and Performante. A restyled rear bumper may be on the agenda, along with a new wheel design and possible new colors to make the PHEV stand out from the ICE duo. Inside, expect new upholstery and trim along with a dedicated hybrid/electric display menu in the instrument and infotainment clusters.
The folks from Sant’Agata Bolognese have promised to electrify all three model lines by 2024, meaning the Urus will receive PHEV treatment sometime next year when we’ll also see the replacement of the Aventador with a new V12 combined with an electric motor. The Huracan will lose its naturally aspirated V10 in favor of a twin-turbo V8 with an e-motor.