The Car Connection Lamborghini Urus Overview
The Lamborghni Urus is the exclusive Italian super carmaker's SUV—although it's not their first utility vehicle.
The Urus is somewhat related to corporate-parent Volkswagen's other large SUVs including the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga. The Urus is a celebration of speed and avant garde shapes compared to those other SUVs, a twin-turbo V-8 bull that charges up to 60 mph in less than four seconds is convincing enough.
With the Urus, Lamborghini has a vehicle that'll likely double the automaker's sales volume alone—Sant'Agata Bolognese will be busy. It's a rival for such high-dollar, high-performance SUVs including the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe, Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR, and BMW X6 M.
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The Urus is the spiritual successor to Lamborghini's first SUV, the slab-sided LM002 that was sold in very small numbers during the 1980s. Perhaps you've heard of the "Rambo Lambo"?
The new Urus is more closely related to their supercars of today with familiar shapes adapted to a shared architecture from the Volkswagen Group. Its wheelbase measures 118.2 inches between the wheels, and it's 201.3 inches long from nose to tail.
Its wedge looks and sloping roofline help it read like a Lamborghini from a distance. Y-shaped inserts in the headlights and squared-off wheel arches recall the automaker's current range, while the fender vents and diagonal lines echo the heritage Countach. (The LM002 used the same V-12 from the Countach.)
Up close, the details are cribbed from the automaker's supercars are ported over to the Urus: jet fighter ignition switch, drive selector modes, angular accents in the cockpit.
Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that makes 650 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque shifted through an 8-speed automatic transmission and all four wheels. According to Lamborghini, the combination will propel the Urus up to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds en route to a 190 mph top speed. A plug-in hybrid is expected, although not yet confirmed. Three typical drive modes: Strada, Sport, and Corsa are available in the Urus, but three new drive modes speak to the Urus' newfound mission: Neve (snow), Sabbia (sand), and Terra (earth or land).
Off-roading modes on the Urus may not be used often—21-inch wheels are standard, with 23-inchers available as an option. The Urus sports standard carbon ceramic brakes, adaptive air suspension, active aerodynamics, and active roll stabilizers.
The Urus will cost roughly $200,000 when it goes on sale in 2018.