Spy Shots Hint at Lamborghini Urus Plug-In Hybrid Near Sant’Agata Bolognese Factory

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Heavily Camouflaged Test Vehicle Fuels Speculation About Upcoming PHEV Variant

Recent spy shots near Lamborghini’s factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese capture a heavily camouflaged Lamborghini Urus test vehicle, suggesting that it could be the anticipated plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant slated for release later this year. The extensive concealment of the bodywork indicates that this is not an early electric vehicle (EV) mule, as exhaust tips are visible, confirming its internal combustion engine.

While the Urus PHEV is expected to share the same appearance as the Urus S and Performante, certain design elements specific to the hybrid version, including a charging port, are anticipated. Rumors suggest that the PHEV model will feature a V8 engine with technology developed by Porsche. This technology could be a modified version of the system found in the Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid, pairing a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with a 187-horsepower electric motor and a 25.9 kWh battery.

The Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid achieves combined power outputs of 670 hp and 685 lb-ft of torque, with an acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in three seconds. Reports indicate that Lamborghini aims to extract 820 horsepower from the Urus PHEV, potentially surpassing the performance of the Performante variant, which currently has 657 hp, a 0-60 mph time of 3.3 seconds, and a top speed of 190 mph.

The camouflage on the test vehicle is likely concealing the charging port and specific design features for the PHEV variant. Previous spy shots have revealed a unique front bumper, updated hood, and subtle revisions to the headlights, along with quad exhaust pipes similar to the existing Performante variant.

Lamborghini is gradually embracing electrification, with the Revuelto plug-in hybrid V12 engine introduced last year. The Huracan replacement is also expected to feature an electrified V8. The Urus, as Lamborghini’s best-selling model, is anticipated to play a pivotal role in the brand’s transition to the electric era. An all-electric Urus is slated to replace the current model by 2029, with the brand’s first all-electric vehicle, previewed by the Lanzador concept, entering production in 2028.