After an extensive teaser campaign, Lamborghini has finally taken the camouflage off its “Super Sport Utility Vehicle”, the Urus. As has long been the tradition at Lamborghini, the name has been derived from the world of bulls. The Urus, also known as Aurochs, is one of the large, wild ancestors of domestic cattle.
As for the design, the Urus looks just the way a Lamborghini SUV *ahem ahem* SSUV should look, with lots of sharp creases and large air intakes at the front. The little triangle on the fenders pays homage to the LM002, and so are the wheel arches. In fact, the shape of the wheel arches resembles the Countach. The LED headlamps have neatly evolved from the concept to a familiar Lamborghini Y shape.
As we read before, the Urus sits on VW Group’s MLB-Evo platform. While the chassis is a blend of aluminum and steel, the body is made from aluminum composite, and the vehicle has a curb weight of around 2,200 kg (still feels a lot, isn’t it?).
Powering the Urus is a 3,996 cc twin-scroll biturbo V8, producing 478 kW (650 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 850 Nm of torque between 2,250 and 4,500 rpm. The engine revs up to 6,800 rpm. Lamborghini claims that the engine is specially developed for the Urus, and is not from any of the VW Group models. The gearbox is an 8-speed automatic sending power to all four wheels. The weight-to-power ratio is 3.38 kg/hp (best in its class?).
Urus is the first turbocharged vehicle in Lamborghini history and Maurizio Reggiani said, the reason for turbocharging is that the vehicle should be able to go anywhere. And, reportedly, limiting the displacement to 4.0L is for the Chinese market where the taxation is based on the displacement, and anything above 4.0L will cost more.
Lamborghini claims a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 3.6 seconds, and a top speed of 305 km/h. The Urus is also claimed to be the fastest SUV available.
The 4WD system is paired with active torque vectoring and four-wheel steering for perfect handling, says Lamborghini. There is an adaptive air suspension and active roll stabilization for comfort and safety.
Features and tech
The aircraft-inspired interior has something which Lamborghini calls ‘Tamburo’ – the driving dynamics selector. There are 6 modes on offer – Strada, Sport, Corsa, Sabbia (Sand), Terra (Off-road), and Neve (Snow). There is another lever on the right side for EGO mode.
Other kit includes a full-digital TFT display, fully electric, heated and 12-way adjustable seats (18-way optional), Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 3D sound, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Baidu-Carlife (China), 8 airbags and more.
A 5-seat configuration is available as well, and the rear bench seat can be lowered to substantially extend the trunk space from 616 liters to 1,596 liters.
An optional Off-Road Package includes specific metal-reinforced bumpers and additional underfloor protection for off-roading in snow, forest, or even dune surfing.
Brakes and wheels
Lamborghini says, the standard Carbon Ceramic Brakes (CCB) are the largest and most powerful available, measuring 440 x 40 mm at the front and 370 x 30 mm at the rear.
Wheel options range from 21- to 23-inch, fitted with a range of summer, winter, all-season, all-terrain, and sport tires, all developed by Pirelli for the Urus and with widths varying between front and rear.
The Urus measures 5,112 mm in length, 2,016 mm in width (ex-mirrors) and 1,638 mm in height. Wheelbase measures 3,003 mm and ground clearance measures 158 mm – 248 mm (can be adjusted via air suspension).
No official word on the plug-in hybrid variant yet, but some reports claim that there is one coming at a later date. The SSUV carries a price tag of €171,429 in Europe, £131,500 in UK, $200,000 in US, ¥25,740,000 in Japan and RMB 3,130,000 in China. All prices are excluding taxes.