The super car of SUVs.
It’s been almost 30 years since Lamborghini last made an SUV. The LM002 was impressive but only enjoyed a short production run with low numbers before being discontinued. Now, there’s an SUV back in Lamborghini’s lineup, making it the third available vehicle for customers to purchase. Called the Lamborghini Urus, this beast of an SUV has a high-performance DNA that’s not afraid to get its custom wheels dirty.
“The Lamborghini Urus is a visionary approach based on the infusion of Lamborghini DNA into the most versatile vehicle, the SUV. The Urus elevates the SUV to a level not previously possible, the Super SUV. It is a true Lamborghini in terms of design, performance, driving dynamics and emotion as well as drivable every day in a range of environments,” says Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The Urus fits perfectly within the Lamborghini family as a high performance car. It is the culmination of intensive development and passionate skill to create a new breed of bull: a Super SUV that transcends the boundaries of expectations and opens
The new Lamborghini Urus is confident and imposing while incorporating a sharp visual design language that’s seen on the rest of the model lineup. Jagged edges and sharp lines are used throughout as wide fenders extend outwards to cover the custom wheels. A large and dominating fascia features numerous air intakes and vents while air outlets can be seen on the fenders to keep the brakes cool. At the rear, a diffuser and spoiler are both used to optimize downforce and aerodynamics at higher speeds while an underbody panel protects against off-road obstacles.
The Lamborghini Urus weighs less than 4,580 lbs., which, for an SUV, isn’t too bad. An adaptive air suspension, anti-roll bars, electromechanical active roll stabilization, and specially-tuned damping all work together with the low overall weight to optimize handling depending on the different types of terrain form off-road to on-road. Five different modes are available and work to keep the custom wheels and tires providing maximum traction at all times.
The Lamborghini Urus uses some meaty bespoke tires and custom wheels to take it through a variety of terrains and surfaces. Customers can choose from 21- to 23-inch wheels with specially-developed summer, winter, all-season, or all-terrain tires from Pirelli. Bringing things to a halt are beefy 440 x 40 mm front and 370 x 30 mm rear Carbon Ceramic Brakes as standard.
Propulsion comes from a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine in the Urus, marking the first time a turbocharged engine has been used in a Lamborghini production vehicle. The front-mounted engine also gives the SUV greater flexibility while driving off road as well. In total, the V-8 produces 650 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 627 lb-ft. of torque from 2,250 to 4,500 RPM. This is sent through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to all four custom wheels. Torque is split using a split-controlled converter lock-up clutch and torque converter with a Torsen central self-locking differential. At the rear, the differential features active torque vectoring for high performance driving.
This allows the Lamborghini Urus to reach 62 mph from rest in just 3.6 seconds and hit 124 mph in only 12.8 seconds. Top speed is 190 mph while stopping from 62 mph to rest takes just 33.7 meters.
Inside, the Lamborghini Urus is high-tech and opulent. A choice of 12- or 18-way adjustable seats are available along with a range of fine leather and materials for the trim and upholstery. The cabin is also designed so that the seating position is higher for a greater feel of command. A slim Y-design of the dashboard flows around the center stack where the infotainment and controls can be found. A three-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters faces the driver and is kept smooth thanks to an integrated damper.
The Lamborghini Urus will be available in spring of 2018 starting at $200,000 in the United States.