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Lamborghini Urus May Get SV And Other Special Edition Versions

Lamborghini Urus May Get SV And Other Special Edition Versions

Having already confirmed the Urus SUV for 2018 earlier this year, Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann returned to announce that the brand is considering several special-edition versions of the crossover. Though he declined to give additional details as to what these special-edition models might bring to the table, he did say Lambo is considering a hardcore SuperVeloce (SV) version and a variant focused on luxury. However, he stressed that none of these models have been green-lighted for production yet.

"We have more than enough ideas, but it is too early to confirm anything. All options are possible and we will work on evaluating them in the run-up to launch. If our customers want to see something, we’ll do our best to meet their needs," Winkelmann told Autocar.

The CEO went on to reiterate that the 2017 Lamborghini Urus’ design will be very similar to the 2012 Lamborghini Urus concept, while its interior will be more conventional. "The Urus must be capable of being a family’s first car all year round. It must have driveability, comfort, roominess and more," he added.

As a brief reminder, the Urus will go into production in 2018 at the company’s factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese, where Lambo is planning to invest "hundreds of millions of euros" in order to expand its capacity. The Lambo SUV will share underpinnings with the new 2016 Audi Q7 and the upcoming 2016 Bentley Bentayga and retail from around £150,000 (about $234,000).

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Lamborghini Urus Will Remain Faithful To The Concept

Lamborghini Urus Will Remain Faithful To The Concept

Lamborghini’s 2017 Urus SUV has been a long time in gestation. First unveiled in 2012, a production version isn’t due until 2018. Even the Hot Wheels version beat it into production. Still, there’s good news for interested parties, as Lamborghini reports that the model will remain true to the 2012 Lamborghini Urus concept.

Unlike other exotic manufacturers who are showing up at the premium-SUV table, this is not Lamborghini’s first SUV. The Urus couldn’t be more different from the 1986-1993 Lamborghini LM002 of the 1980s, though. It’s a pavement-focused SUV, with plans for a plug-in hybrid version and Lamborghini’s first turbocharged engine, according to CEO Stephan Winkelmann. The Urus concept looks smaller than it is, thanks to sleek, flat-planed lines, a distinctive Lamborghini family face and massive 24-inch wheels. Engine details haven’t been released, but a version of the Lamborghini V-10 that powers the Huracan is likely. It’s been hinted that all-wheel drive and a dual-clutch transmission will be standard. Considering that an all-new 2018 Porsche Cayenne is due in 2017, there’s a high possibility that the Urus will share some underpinnings with it.

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Lamborghini Officially Confirms Urus For 2018

Lamborghini Officially Confirms Urus For 2018

After years of speculation and rumors, Lamborghini made it official today that it’s moving ahead with plans to produce a new SUV. The new model will be built in Italy at Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata plant and will be introduced as a 2018 model.

"The introduction of a third model signifies for us the beginning of a new era," said Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann in a statement to Reuters and Automotive News. It’s the second SUV from Lamborghini, after the LM002 pseudo-military vehicle, which was produced from 1986 until 1993.

The new project represents an enormous investment over the course of the new model’s life cycle. Lamborghini aims to build around 3,000 annually, which would more than double its total 2014 output. As such, Lamborghini will hire 500 new employees and nearly double the size of its factory in Sant’Agata.

As we reported earlier this month, the project is being partially funded by about €100 million worth of tax breaks and incentives, courtesy of the Italian government. The deal has been in the works for a few weeks and was made official when Winkelmann and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi met in Rome to sign a letter of intent.

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Lamborghini Urus Could Get Approval This Week, Production May Be in Italy

Lamborghini Urus Could Get Approval This Week, Production May Be in Italy

The automotive world has been waiting for more than three years for an official announcement on when Lamborghini will build its SUV based on the Urus Concept, and that news could be coming this week. Along with official confirmation of Urus production, Lamborghini is said to be ready to announce where the high-performance SUV will be built.

So far, it was widely reported that the Lamborghini Urus would be manufactured at VW’s SUV plant in Bratislava, Slovakia, which makes sense since that’s where the Urus’ platform mates’ bodies (Audi Q7, Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne) are all made. The new report, though, says that it will be built in Italy at Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy production line. Both reports are likely to be true.

Similar to the Porsche Cayenne, the body, chassis and drivetrain will take be made in Slovakia, and then shipped to another location for final assembly. In the Cayenne’s case, that location would be Leipzig, Germany, but the completed Urus SUVs will roll of the assembly line in Italy.

This deal is a win-win-win for Volkswagen, Lamborghini and Italy. Volkswagen will expand capacity in Slovakia and benefit from the economies of scale, while Lamborghini will get €80 million ($87 million) in government incentives as well as a new SUV that will be able to lay claim to being Italian made. Finally, Italy will benefit from the addition of as many as 500 new jobs at Lamborghini.

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Lamborghini SUV Moves Closer To Reality

Lamborghini SUV Moves Closer To Reality

The long-awaited Lamborghini Urus crossover SUV may have just taken a big step towards becoming a production reality, and new funding for the project might be coming from an unexpected new source: the Italian government. In an effort to spark growth in Italy’s stagnant job market, government officials are prepared to offer Lamborghini and parent company Audi €100 million in tax breaks and other incentives to fund construction of a new factory in Italy for the Urus, which would also create 300 new jobs.

According to Bloomberg Business, a group of officials discussed the matter in Rome on Tuesday, and may have included Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The source within the meeting asked not to be identified because the discussions were private, but did confirm the group would meet again soon to reach a possible agreement.

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Video: Nissan Juke-R blows away fancy European exotics

Video: Nissan Juke-R blows away fancy European exotics

If there was every any skepticism surrounding the Nissan Juke-R, this amateur video of the Nissan UK project taking on some of the world’s most powerful supercars is all the evidence Nissan needs to validate the tuned-up crossover.

The site of this race is the Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai, where the Juke-R incidentally served as the official safety car. We can imagine that this race was set up pretty quickly with the Juke-R taking on a Lamborghini Gallardo, a Ferrari 458 Italia, and a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG on a short and improvised sprint track.

With the credentials of the European exotics, it appears that the Juke-R has some serious competition - at least until the light turned green. That’s when the Juke-R simply flexed its GT-R-powered muscles, blasting the three exotics like they were plastic traffic cones.

Surprising is an understatement, but we do have to pay attention to the track conditions. It wasn’t the best one for racing, but all things considered, elements included, the Juke-R more than held its own against three of the most powerful exotic cars in the world.

Consider us very impressed.

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Rendering: Lamborghini's Future Lineup in Pictures

Rendering: Lamborghini’s Future Lineup in Pictures

Lamborghini started 2011 off right with the debut of their new supercar, the Aventador LP700-4. And true to being one of the greater supercar manufacturers, Lamborghini is well on its way to establishing plans for its lineup for the next few years. Thanks to history finding a way to continually repeat itself, we’ve established what we think will be the Italian automaker’s future lineup.

In 2012, we will begin to see different variations of the Aventador, starting off with a Spyder version. That same year, we will also be getting the brand’s first SUV, the LM00X and the production version of the Sesto Elemento concept. The coupe will be followed by the Sesto Elemento Spyder in 2013.

Jumping off the supercar track for a bit, Lamborghini will then bring out the Estoque Sedan in 2014, followed by a Cabrio version in 2016. In between those two debut, Lamborghini will revisit their supercar mainstay with the Aventador Super Veloce.

If we happen to live past the supposed end of the world in 2012, then 2013 will be bringing us a new model set to replace the Gallardo. It will be called the Cabrera - after a famous Spanish bull of course - and will be powered by a V10 engine with a total output of 570 HP. The Cabrera will be built on a multi-sectional, bonded carbon monocoque and will be lighter than the model it replaces. A Roadster version will follow in 2014.

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2012 Lamborghini LM00X

2012 Lamborghini LM00X

We have been waiting for this moment for some time now, ever since Porsche got into the crossover business in fact. We had our doubts, but when Aston Martin announced they would be making the Lagonda, it seemed that the pieces were in order for a Lamborghini crossover. This is especially true since rumors have been floating about claiming that Lamborghini was working on an SUV anyway.

Now, when Porsche first made the Cayenne there were many enthusiasts who rioted in the streets, but look how it turned out. The Cayenne is the first selling model in their range, despite some interesting design cues in the first generation. Aston’s Lagonda will take those design cues and turn them upside down, as this thing is ugly in concept form. Still, an Aston SUV might sell if the price is right.

With high-performance SUV sales as good as they are, Lamborghini wants in the mix. Given the fact that they are apart of the Volkswagen Group, they should have plenty of bits lying around to use.

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