We already know that the upcoming Lamborghini Urus‘ twin-turbo 4.0 litre V8 engine will be unique to the Italian brand (as opposed to being shared with Audi or Bentley), but here’s something for those who are worried that the naturally aspirated engines in the Huracan and Aventador are under threat by forced induction.

According to Autocar, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said the company had “discussed” the potential for the V8 to be used in Sant’Agata’s current cars, but it was dismissed because it conflicted with Lamborghini’s “one car, one engine” ethos.

“On the supersports cars we are convinced that the choices we have made with the naturally aspirated engines are still the right ones. We are not saying that future engines will never beat what we have in our cars; we are saying as long as there is nothing that is better, especially at low revs or in terms of the sound that the V10 and V12 have, we stick to them,” he said.

“But we never said this is the only opportunity and by looking at a third model with a different mission, it is clear that for the purpose of the Urus, the turbo is the right choice,” the sharp-suited Winkelmann added.


In a previous interview with the UK mag, Winkelmann talked up the performance of the Urus, having driven the SUV. “In early autumn I drove a prototype for the first time on a racetrack and the performance was great. I was astonished; it was more than any of us expected, which is a car that is very powerful but easy to drive, with very good handling, and also in terms of driveability and comfort, it has a limousine feel in an SUV. This is very important to us,” he said.

The Urus, first shown as a concept at the 2012 Beijing show, is set to be revealed in production form at the 2018 Geneva show, or the 2017 Frankfurt show at the earliest. It will be priced at the same level as the Huracan.

So there you have it, from the man himself. If you’ve revved or heard one being revved before, it’s heartening to know that the big V10s and V12s will still be making a ruckus in the Italian bulls. Long live the NA!

GALLERY: Lamborghini Urus Concept