Despite the OEM’s history with carbon fiber, its news release Monday gave little mention of the substrate when describing the vehicle’s structure. (We’ve contacted the manufacturer for more details on its use of composites in the body-in-white and exterior or the Urus. Continue to check Repairer Driven News for updates.)
Instead, Lamborghini on Monday highlighted a “blend of aluminum and steel.”
“At a curb weight of less than 2,200 kg, Lamborghini’s team of designers and R&D engineers focused on weight reduction throughout the car’s chassis, with an intelligent materials mix to ensure maximum stiffness for the best possible comfort and handling as well as lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions,” the OEM wrote. “The chassis is a blend of aluminum and steel, with frameless aluminum doors, torsional beams replacing a C-pillar, and cross-members in aluminum contributing to the lightweight Urus, as does the chassis floor in a high-strength steel material.”
The Urus’ production prompted Lamborghini to build a nearly 525,000-square-foot paint shop. Automotive News Europe reported the OEM never had done its own paint in-house before.
Besides being generally noteworthy as another example of auto body lightweighting with aluminum and steel coexisting, the Urus is significant because of the kind of footprint it could have in the U.S. Lamborghini said 1,041 of its 3,457 sales last year were in America.
Automotive News Europe reported the OEM said it could produce between 3,500 and 4,000 Uruses worldwide a year — which would be more units than the entire company sold in 2016.
“With the Urus, Lamborghini is not only entering a segment that is completely new to our brand, we are also doubling the output of our company,” CEO Stefano Domenicali told Automotive News Europe. “Each decision needed to be properly pondered.”