In a similar way to how McLaren won’t build an SUV anytime soon, since this would confuse customers of the still-young road car brand, Lamborghini doesn’t want to break its one-car-one-engine philosophy for the sake of short- and mid-term profit.
“On the supersports cars we are convinced that the choices we have made with the naturally aspirated engines are still the right ones,” Stephan Winkelman, Lamborghini’s CEO said.
However, things might change in the long run and we’re talking about both carmakers here.
“We are not saying that future engines will never beat what we have in our cars; we are saying as long as there is nothing that is better, especially at low revs or in terms of the sound that the V10 and V12 have, we stick to them,” the CEO added.
As for the details of the 4.0-liter V8 that will power the Urus, don’t expect Lamborghini to borrow the engine currently being used by Audi and Bentley. For one thing, you can’t install an engine that debuted in 2011 into a car that comes out six years later, at least not without a major overhaul.
The most likely turn of events will see the Volkswagen Group engineers coming up with a massive set of revisions and introducing a new unit, as they’ve done with the company’s V12 earlier this year.
The latest rumors talk about Lamborghini gaining access to an all-new V8 that’s currently being developed by Porsche for its own cars. While Bentley will also be in on the deal, this engine will favor exclusivity instead of volume production, as it happens with the current Audi powerplant.