Lamborghini Urus hybrid revealed as UK's most powerful ICE SUV

The electrified elements of the drivetrain take the Urus SE’s kerbweight up to 2504kg, compared to 2197kg for the standard Urus S. 

The weight increase is “not avoidable”, said Lamborghini CTO Rouven Mohr, “but we worked a lot on compensation”.

He cites the removal of the mechanical rear differential in favour of a new electronically controlled limited-slip differential (e-LSD) as one example, claiming a weight saving of around 20kg. 

“It will still be the lightest car in the hybrid segment, for sure. It’s still lighter than all the other cars that have a hybrid drivetrain,” he told Autocar. 

“For sure, it’s heavier than the combustion-only version,” he admitted, “but overall if you drive it you will not feel it, to be honest.”

“Even on the race track,” he added, “you have to be a pro driver. For sure, if you’re a pro driver there is a certain level where you feel it, but it’s on a super-high level.”

Mohr said that the Urus SE can achieve the same lap times at the race track as the Performante, when equipped with the same tyres.  

Also new for the updated Urus is a new torque distribution system which apportions power “variably and continuously” between the axles, while the e-LSD manages the spread of torque across the rear axle, with the car capable of sending 100% of its reserves rearward on demand. 

To go with its new powertrain, the Urus has been lightly restyled, with a Revuelto-inspired treatment at the front end, a new boot lid and Y-shaped lighting elements among the headlines. 

Meanwhile, new under-body air vents, reshaped ducts and the reworked front end combine to give a claimed 30% improvement in cooling of the braking system. 

Inside, the layout is familiar but the central infotainment touchscreen has been upsized from 10.1in to 12.3in, and it is now, Lamborghini says, “even more intuitive to use”, courtesy of revamped menus and improved graphics. 

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