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The New Lamborghini Urus SE Is A 194 MPH Plug-In Hybrid SUV With ‘On Demand’ Oversteering

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The Urus SE isn’t Lamborghini’s first plug-in hybrid, but it’s arguably the brand’s most important one. Because we as a species are conspicuous consumers, the Urus SUV is the best-selling Lamborghini ever, and Lamborghini views this new SE model as the way forward. However, don’t think of it as some sort of downsized tax break special. Instead, it harnesses electricity to make itself even quicker.

Under the hood sits a fairly standard four-liter twin-turbocharged V8 making 611 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque on its own. It’s the same as on the outgoing Urus and similar to the one you’d fine in the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, but Lamborghini’s also pulled something else out of the parts bin — a 25.9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with prismatic cells. Again, on paper, this seems likely to be the exact same one out of the Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid, but combining it with high-output thrust and an interesting drivetrain coupling yields some surprising performance claims.

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See, the Lamborghini Urus SE puts its electric motor inside its eight-speed automatic transmission, then employs a new multi-plate clutch power transfer unit setup for front-to-rear all-wheel-drive torque biasing. According to the company, “The transfer case works in synergy with the new electronic limited-slip differential installed on the rear axle, giving the vehicle ‘on demand’ oversteering to convey the feel of a purebred super sports car.” In short, think about it a bit like Torque Rear mode in the Volkswagen Golf R, where an aggressive all-wheel-drive torque split and nifty moves with an electronically-controlled limited-slip rear differential combine to help you get sideways. I don’t know about you, but powersliding the roadgoing equivalent of a rhinoceros sounds like a hell of a thrill.

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Oh, and then there’s the combined output of the whole system, a titanic 789 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 700 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,750 rpm to 5,750 rpm. Lamborghini states that the extra grunt is only good for lopping a tenth off the gasoline-only Urus S’ zero-to-62 mph time of 3.5 seconds, but the effect on zero-to-124 mph runs is said to be more substantial. Lamborghini claims that the gas-only Urus S could do that dash in 12.5 seconds, but the PHEV Urus SE lops more than a second off of that with a claimed time of 11.2 seconds. Keep the pedal buried and you’ll eventually hit 194 mph. Sheesh.

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Should you wish to take it easy on electric power alone, Lamborghini claims an all-electric range of more than 37 miles, a top speed of 83 mph on electric power alone, and four different electric drive modes. There’s EV mode for silent motoring, Recharge mode to put the gasoline engine to work juicing up the battery pack, Hybrid mode for hybrid motoring, and Performance mode to throw everything at the tires and let it eat.

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Lamborghini has given the Urus SE a makeover to go with its new hybridized powertrain. With a longer hood, larger grille, and slimmer headlights, the front end of the Urus SE is even more brash than any Urus before, which is really saying something. Around back, a massive slab of fake grille connects the taillights while evoking the Gallardo LP560-4, and a new rear diffuser and spoiler contribute to a claimed 15 percent increase in downforce.

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Of course, exterior updates come with interior updates, the biggest of which is a new infotainment system with a larger 12.3-inch screen. Add in new trims and fresh air vents, and although the drama of the interior has been toned down, it seems like usability is being kicked up a notch.

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You wouldn’t expect a plug-in hybrid Lamborghini to be cheap, and you’d be right. Pricing starts at $258,000, and given that this is a luxury good that you don’t simply buy off the lot, people are going to add options. Mind you, the old Urus S started at $233,995, so it’s doubtful an extra $24,005 will turn off many buyers. Plus, going forward, the Urus SE will be buyers’ only option — once it goes on sale, the ICE-only Urus S and Urus Performante will exit production. Expect to see these things parked outside expensive restaurants near you starting early 2025, possibly grabbing some juice from a charging station.

(Photo credits: Lamborghini)

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EricTheViking
EricTheViking
21 days ago

Jeremy Clarkson kept stumbling with the name by calling it “Anus”.

Anders
Anders
27 days ago

So .. now it’s basically a fat RAV4 PHIV and even looks like one.

Norek Koss
Norek Koss
27 days ago

But I love my Toyota R4Prime 302 HP 5.6 sec 60 m/p/h. Car with fun for everybody.

Angry Bob
Angry Bob
27 days ago

Urus sounds too much like a body part. “I have a blister on my urus.”

Thomas Metcalf
Thomas Metcalf
26 days ago
Reply to  Angry Bob

I have some cream left over from when I had the same issue. Let me know if you want it.

DialMforMiata
DialMforMiata
27 days ago

Recharge mode to put the gasoline engine to work juicing up the battery pack”

The whirring noise you hear is not the sound of the electric motor, it’s Ferruccio Lamborghini spinning rapidly in his grave.

Last edited 27 days ago by DialMforMiata
Morgan van Humbeck
Morgan van Humbeck
27 days ago
Reply to  DialMforMiata

I’m not so sure. He began with no aspirations of making supercars. He started with GT family cars with insane power. Were he alive today, it’s not entirely insane to think he might be in support of this vehicle. Especially considering he was keen on money

Patches O' Houlihan
Patches O' Houlihan
27 days ago

Wait… I’m reading about a Lamborghini’s EV/hybrid modes and thinking, “this sounds like a sensible daily driver”.

What the crap is going on?!

Spikedlemon
Spikedlemon
27 days ago

These have a strong whiff of corporate VW-ism.

I can admit that it’s probably for the better for the consumer who might want to drive one, it’s not a vehicle that turns my head.

Lockleaf
Lockleaf
27 days ago

I’m not a Lambo fanboy. They are a little TOO conspicuous for me to enjoy. I think they try to hard visually. But that rear bumper is opposite of that. The tailights and associated trim are too narrow, creating a vast expanse of disproportionate boringness below.

StillNotATony
StillNotATony
27 days ago

Hoo-boy, can’t wait for the Urus leaving cars and coffee videos to start rolling in!

Alexk98
Alexk98
27 days ago

Can we take a moment to appreciate that the Urus of all things has an MSRP ending in ,995 like a shady Buy Here Pay Here lot trying to trick you into thinking “well it’s only a 6k car” when its actually 7. On a two hundred and thirty four thousand. dollar. car. Now that I mention it I think they know their target audience perfectly, and the rubes that buy these new deserve every ounce of depreciation they’re seeing.

Alexk98
Alexk98
27 days ago

They gave the RSQ8 Cayenne Turbo GT Urus a Predator face. Thanks I hate it.

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
27 days ago

I saw an Urus yesterday. I am always amazed at how goddamn boring and unimaginative they look in person. They don’t grab my attention at all. Hell, if you took the Lamborghini badging off it 99% of people would assume it’s just another luxury crossover…probably because that’s literally what it is. It’s an RSQ8 with a body kit that some vain idiot payed an extra $100,000 for.

V10omous
V10omous
27 days ago

The LM002 was 100x more in keeping with the Lamborghini ethos than this is. Hard agree.

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
27 days ago
Reply to  V10omous

The LM002 had the Countach’s V12 and a manual transmission. It also had the questionable build quality and temperamental to drive nature that the classic Lambos were uhhh…known for. On top of that, Eddie Van Halen owned one. The LM002 is unbelievably cool. This shit is an Audi with a body kit.

Nic Periton
Nic Periton
27 days ago

I very briefly owned am LM002. An amusing friend bought me a (very) second hand fuel tanker to go with it.

Trevlington
Trevlington
27 days ago

The side shot of the one in white makes it looks like a Q8 someone has tried to disguise as a GR Yaris using papier maché. Not a car I desire.

Goof
Goof
27 days ago

The one Urus near me was owned by a small time fitness “influencer.” Every time I saw it, she was literally bullying the elderly in crosswalks (who had signal!) with it.

From what I understand, she moved out of my area because some people became so tired of her awful behavior it was attracting a lot of vandalism

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
27 days ago
Reply to  Goof

This all tracks. That’s the exact type of person who’d buy this stupid thing.

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