Lamborghini reveals its Urus supercar SUV
- Lamborghini Urus is the first ‘Super SUV’ and features a 641bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine
- It can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 3.6 seconds – that’s faster than Aston Martin’s V12-powered DB11
- There’s enough seats for five people and it has 616 litres of boot space – more than a Skoda Octavia
- Prices will start from £157,800 or $200,000 before tax with first deliveries in spring 2018
It’s been more than 30 years in the waiting but today Lamborghini has finally pulled the covers off a new high-performance SUV.
The Lamborghini Urus follows in the footsteps of the 1986 LM002, and the Italian exotic car maker has dropped a colossally powerful engine into a 4×4 to create an offroad family vehicle that will be able to blitz just about everything that comes into its path.
Revealed in Italy today, the Urus uses a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine packing 641bhp and will cost £157,800 or $200,000 before tax.
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Lamborghini’s ‘Super SUV’: This is the new Urus – the first 4×4 from the exotic Italian car maker in 31 years
If you want to fit a child car seat – and why not, considering this is an SUV – Lamborghini has kitted the car out with Isofix mounting points in the back. Meanwhile, it says the boot has a capacity of 616 litres, which is more than a Skoda Octavia and should be easily able to swallow a pushchair and the shopping.
While some car fans may consider an Lamborghini SUV to be sacrilege, the Italian car maker is the latest in a line of premium manufacturers catering for what their deep-pocketed customers want.
Porsche’s SUV range now consists of two models – the Cayenne and Macan – as does Jaguar’s – the F-Pace and E-Pace – while Bentley has also released its £162,700 Bentayga offroader.
Lamborghini said the Urus will take the market even further, though, and ‘create a new niche in the luxury segment’ offering ‘benchmarking power, performance and driving dynamics, unparalleled design, luxury and daily usability’.
In a sign of the times, the Urus offers a 4×4 with the kind of power and performance once only found at the top of the supercar tree.
It’s certainly not short of potency, with the new V8 engine packing more brake horsepower than the V12 powering the McLaren F1 – which is still the fastest naturally-aspirated production car of all time.
The addition of two turbos to the Urus’ V8 engine – which is taken from the Bentley Continental GT and Audi RS6 –and four wheel drive means it will launch from a standstill to 62mph in no less than 3.6 seconds – that’s quicker than a Ferrari F40 and F50 and fast enough to embarrass Aston Martin’s V12 DB11 in a sprint.
The Urus features a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine that produces a whopping 641bhp. It will be capable of a top speed of 190mph, Lamborghini confirmed on Monday evening
Lamborghini says the new Urus takes inspiration from its original SUV, the LM002, which launched in 1986. Just 328 were built before production came to an end in 1993
Lamborghini’s two SUVs compared: While the Urus has all the sleek lines of the current Huracan and Aventador, the LM002 was a far boxier affair
Lamborghini will be the latest in a line of luxury car brands to offer an SUV. Manufacturers like Bentley and its £168,000 Bentayga (pictured) have reaped the rewards of offering a family-friendly 4×4 in recent years
And a 190mph top speed means this five-seat ‘Super SUV’ will be one of the quickest school-run cars the planet has ever seen.
Does that make it the fastest SUV on sale? The 707bhp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk also takes 3.6 seconds to move the speedo to 60mph, but it has a top speed of just 180mph, meaning the crown has to go to to the Lamborghini.
‘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,’ ceo Stefano Domenicalli told the world’s press during the official unveiling at the brand’s headquarters in Sant’Agata.
‘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 door to new possibilities, for both our brand and our customers,’ he added.
There’s no denying that the latest addition to Lamborghini’s fleet retains all the flair and drama of models that have come before it.
The extreme design features styling cues from a range of models, such as the hexagonal wheel arches that replicate those on the 1986 LM002
The Italian car brand says the new Urus SUV also takes inspiration from other iconic models from its past. This includes the Miura (left) and Countach (right)
First deliveries will arrive in the UK from Spring 2018. When it does land, expect it to be the fastest car on the school run
The Urus – a name that derives from the name of a Spanish fighting bull – blends a low-line coupe silhouette and characteristically sumptuous lines but in a less familiar jacked-up package.
Lamborghini says the design takes cues from the 1986 LM002 and mashes it together with a super sports car with enough space for a driver and four passengers.
Short overhangs give it a muscular and assertive presence, while the tapered front end encompasses styling influences from iconic models like the Miura, Countach and Aventador.
As with any Lamborghini to get the nod of approval, it is awash with massive air intakes, including the Y-shaped front vent that mimics the one on the LM002 and also details an Italian flag to remind you of where it was created.
Even the hexagonal wheel arches are inspired by the SUV that came 31 years before it, while the wheels – available in sizes 21- and 23-inches – are the largest you’ll find on any SUV on sale.
Inside, the cabin features a button-heavy centre console, with the fighter-jet style release switch (red) to access the ignition button. The instrument cluster is a full TFT digital display
The carbon ceramic brake discs – 440mm front and 370mm rear – are the largest rotors on any car on sale, including hypercars
At the back, the design features quad exhausts and a fairly modest rear diffuser by Lamborghini standards. Open the boot door and there’s a claimed 616 litres of boot space inside
Lamborghini Urus specs
Price from: £157,800
Available from: Spring 2018
Engine: 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 petrol
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Drive: 4WD with integrated front differential, central differential and active torque vecturing rear differential
Torque: 850Nm at 2,250-4,500rpm
Top speed: 190mph
Acceleration 0-62mph: 3.6 seconds
Acceleration 0-124mph: 12.8 seconds
Fuel tank size: 85 litres
Boot capacity: 616 litres
The mass of vents and svelte body suggest it will tear a hole in the air with no problem, but Lamborghini’s official specifications reveal that this is no featherweight.
Tipping the scales at 2,200kg, it’s a match for the Range Rover Sport, though the Italian firm has refrained from revealing what impact this has on the emissions output and fuel economy of this ultra-powerful offroader.
Fortunately, the V8 motor has a clever trick – it can cut four of the cylinders when travelling at low speed, transforming it from a fire-breathing supercar-eater into a Ford Fiesta when cruising around town. Reports suggest it will still only return an average of 22mpg and emit 290g/km CO2 even with this stealth urban-driving mode.
Away from town, it will undoubtedly be capable of going offfroad – though we can’t see many venturing too far from the tarmac.
Pre-release video footage has shown the vehicle thrashing through the desert, showcasing its usability on all terrains as well as its rear-wheel steering system.
It’s the same set-up as the recently released Aventador S that can adjust the rear-axle angle by three degrees.
It should be able to stop as well as it accelerates with carbon ceramic brakes coming as standard – enormous 440mm discs at the front and 370mm discs at the rear, the biggest rotors fitted to any car on sale to date.
Six different driving modes will be available, as revealed in the short piece of driving footage shown last month: Strada (road), Sport, Corsa (track), Sabbia (sand), Terra (dirt) and Neve (snow), with the latter three raising the ride height to ensure that any obstacles underneath are cleared safely.
Lamborghini said the new Urus SUV will be available with a comfortable five-seat arrangement, which could be an optional specification, as official images show it as four-seater, with sports seats for all occupants
With 641bhp, the Lamborghini Urus is more powerful than the V12-powered McLaren F1 (left). It will also beat a Ferrari F40 (right) in a sprint from 0 to 62mph, showcasing how much of a ‘Super SUV’ it really is
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Inside, the flamboyancy of Lamborghini continues, with sports seats for those up front, a Y-shaped dashboard that’s been inspired by the LM002 and a three-spoke steering wheel with a vibration damper to stop it juddering in your hands if you accidentally drive through a pothole.
As well as a touchscreen system for the satellite navigation and audio settings, the driver also gets a fully-digital TFT display that offers a three-dimensional view of the information that can be tailored to preference.
Lamborghini says it has enough leg room to offer comfort to three rear-seat passengers who also get electrically adjustable seats that are heated, just like those up front.
If you want to fit a child car seat – and why not, considering this is an SUV – Lamborghini has kitted the car with Isofix mounting points in the back and says the boot has a capacity of 616 litres, which is more than a Skoda Octavia and should be good enough to squeeze in a flat-packed pushchair.
First deliveries are due to arrive in the UK in Spring, with a pre-tax price of £131,500. Inclusive of VAT, it means prices will start from £157,800.
Don’t expect to see many owners using their £160,000-plus Lamborghini SUVs like this – we imagine most buyers of the Urus will keep it on the smooth stuff
Reports have suggested there could be a plug-in hybrid version – the first hybrid Lamborghini – by 2019
The 23-inch wheels are the biggest of any production SUV on the market to date. It is also the fastest model in its sector – though you might have already expected that from a Lamborghini
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online