Last year, Lamborghini gave the Urus a mid-cycle refresh after over 20,000 examples had rolled off the production line. Four years after its initial debut as the spiritual successor of the insane 1980s LM002 off-roader, the Italian super-SUV now comes in two flavors: the base “S” model and the even more hardcore Urus Performante, even though both pack 657 hp. However, this year will bring even more power to Lambo’s best-seller: prepare to meet the 2024 Lamborghini Urus Plug-In Hybrid.
A prototype of the Urus PHEV was recently caught on camera while exiting Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata Bolognese factory via the South Gate. As such, we can listen to the Urus Plug-In Hybrid driving away in EV Mode, which, of course, means complete silence.
Varryx, the YouTube who spotted the test vehicle, also filmed other, ICE-only Urus examples, just in case anybody forgot what Lamborghini’s implementation of the Volkswagen Group twin-turbo 4.0L V8 sounds like.
Looking past the yellow high voltage stickers that easily set this prototype apart, you can notice a charging port on the left rear fender, opposite to the part with the fuel filler cap.
The Urus PHEV is said to pack 820 hp
Speaking of VW Group powertrains, the Raging Bull badge means the Urus should receive a noticeable power boost compared to what the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid has to offer. In fact, with the similarly-named Panamera having come out after the Cayenne—packing slightly higher numbers—we’ll use the sedan’s figures here.
You see, (draws breath) the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid mixes the twin-turbo 4.0L V8 mentioned in the intro with an 100 kW (134 hp) electric motor for a total output of 690 hp and 641 lb-ft (870 Nm) of torque. The Porsche features a 17.9 kWh battery pack, which is good for an EV-only range of 31 km (50 km) in the more permissing WLTP cycle. Make that 17 miles (27 km) for the EPA cycle.
An article from Car Magazine talks about the 2024 Lamborghini Urus PHEV being dialed all the way to 820 hp. And all the oomph isn’t just there to justify the Italian badge. You see, with the ICE versions of the revamped Urus already tipping the scales at 2,197 kg/4,843 lbs (Urus S) and 2,150 kg/ 4,739 lbs (Urus Performante), the Urus Plug-In Hybrid needs some serious extra muscle to carry the inevitable added weight around.
Slight exterior and interior changes for the Urus Plug-In Hybrid
Last year, multiple Urus PHEV prototypes were spied. And while the camouflage kept the exact styling details away from prying eyes, we could still notice dedicated styling for the front and rear bumpers.
Alas, this prototype, while uncamouflaged, sports the styling of the pre-revamp Urus, so it doesn’t tell us anything new.
As far as the interior is concerned, the digital dashboard of the Urus Plug-In Hybrid will welcome new hybrid and electric menus, while the model should also get fresh trim options.
Sant’Agata Bolognese’s electrification plan
Lamborghin isn’t just mixing gas and electricity for Urus, but has vowed to electrify its entire model range by 2024. The next step of the plan is coming in March 2023, when the successor of the Aventador will showcase its hybridized N/A V12.
As for the replacement of the Huracan, which has become the most successful supercar in the carmaker’s history, the unofficial details are as wild as they get. Thus, the N/A V10 is reportedly being dropped in favor of an in-house twin-turbo V8.