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Auto China 2024: The Lamborghini Urus SE is one fast plug-in hybrid

Combined output from the twin-turbo V8 and the electric motor is 789hp

The Urus SE goes faster with the help of electricity. PHOTO FROM LAMBORGHINI

By now, we’re all very much aware of the type of cars Lamborghini makes. It’s not surprising, then, that in this day and age of almost everything being electrified, anything the Italian automaker touches still ends up going fast. This kind of treatment is exactly what has been applied to the latest version of the company’s most practical offering.

An all-wheel-drive system helps this 789hp crossover launch cleanly. PHOTOS FROM LAMBORGHINI

Simply called the Urus SE, one might think that this is just an Urus with additional kit to justify charging a bigger sticker price. And indeed, this car does have some upgrades inspired by the Revuelto. There is refreshed bodykit to make it more aerodynamic, and the cockpit gets bigger screens and new software just like Lamborghini’s newest flagship.

Some of the Revuelto's design elements have been passed on to this car. PHOTOS FROM LAMBORGHINI

But underneath the SE’s skin is a completely different powetrain. Paired with the twin-turbo V8 engine is a plug-in hybrid system that consists of a 25.9kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor shoved inside the eight-speed automatic gearbox. Lamborghini claims 789hp and 950Nm—a significant jump over the already rapid Urus Performante.

The century mark is dispatched in just 3.4 seconds, and the SE will keep going until 315km/h. If the roads are anything but straight, a new torque-vectoring system distributes power intelligently between the front and rear axles depending on road conditions. While there is no dedicated drift mode, it won’t be difficult to get this Urus sideways thanks to the electronic limited-slip differential.

'Urus SE' isn't exactly the sexiest name for a special Lamborghini. PHOTOS FROM LAMBORGHINI

Of course, one of the selling points of a plug-in hybrid is the ability to drive on battery power for longer distances. This car’s EV drive mode is apparently good for a maximum speed of 130km/h and a range of over 60km. But then again, resisting the urge to drive a Lamborghini like a maniac is difficult.

Would you really use this car's EV drive mode regularly? PHOTOS FROM LAMBORGHINI

Lamborghini clearly wants to embrace hybrid technology and apply it in some shape or form to its portfolio. The Urus SE is the latest product of that engineering philosophy. What is interesting is the decision to debut the car at Auto China 2024. Maybe the demand for high-performance luxury cars is healthy in the People’s Republic.

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Professionally speaking, Miggi is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He pens the column ‘G-Force’.