Report: If produced, the Lamborghini SUV will be the lightest and fastest in its segment

While Lamborghini is still decided whether to build a sedan or a production version of the Urus SUV, it seems to be leaning towards that latter. In a recent interview with Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s R&D director, Automotive News Europe learned that Lamborghin believes that the SUV segment is the right one.

Check out our original post on the Lamborghini Urus Concept.

“It has the biggest growth potential and the highest emotion,” CEO Stephan Winkelmann said. “We are investing in profitability.”

Reggiani said that the brand’s top engineers have their work cut out for them for the next four to five years.

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“We were given a very challenging target: Make the production Urus the best-performing and lightest vehicle in its category. This is forcing us to think outside the box,” Reggiani said. “We envisage a start of production no sooner than early 2017.”

He said that the Urus, if approved, will be built on Volkswagen Group’s SUV platform, known as the PL73, which will also provide the architecture for the next-generation Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and V-dub Touareg.

Target weight for the Urus is 4,400 pounds.

No powertrain details have been released but a 600-hp V8 is most likely the choice.

– By: Roman Bronfenbrener

Source: AutoNews