Lamborghini’s first SUV, LM002, was a military-grade brute powered by a V-12 engine released in the 80’s. Back then, it seemed completely offbeat but it turned out to be visionary given today’s variety of ultra-luxury, high-performance SUVs from Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and soon Ferrari and Aston Martin. So, there’s no better moment for Lamborghini to unveil the 2019 Urus.
The company’s second SUV is over the top but for completely different reasons than the LM002. The Urus names after an ancient species of cattle, certainly because of its power – 641 horsepower. Its wedge-shaped silhouette and the ambition to be efficient around a racetrack as it is on the sand dunes are features to be taken into consideration.
Under the hood is the first turbo charged engine to be used in a Lamborghini machine – and the first V-8 installed in many decades. It shares its 4.0-liter displacement and twin turbochargers with the V-8 installed in many other Volkswagen Group products, but Lamborghini insists that the design is its own. The Urus will also debut Lamborghini’s first hybrid drivetrain, but more details haven’t been announced yet. At 201.3 inches long, the Urus is 1.7 inches longer than the Q7 and 7.4 inches longer than the Cayenne Turbo. The Italian carmaker assures that the Urus will outperform each of its corporate cousins, with a top speed of 190 mph and a reported zero-to-62 mph time of 3.6 seconds.
The Lamborghini will feature its own chassis tuning, rear-wheel steering and an air suspension that offers up to 9.8 inches of ground clearance are part of the package. The carbon-ceramic brakes are enormous, with rotors measuring 17.3 inches in front and 14.6 inches in the rear, the best to decelerate the rough 4850-pound Urus.
A lineup of driving modes including Corsa (race), Sabbia (sand) and Neve (snow) will diversify the Lambo’s skill set. In Corsa the all-wheel-drive system routes more power to the rear and the torque-vectoring and stability-control thresholds allow for a bit more slip. In Sabbia, the stability control is similarly recalibrated to accommodate the low-grip surface.
The car interior takes a form-above- function approach, with lots of exotic leather, wood, carbon-fiber and metal trim options available. Screens are everywhere, including a large digital infotainment display and a lower control touchscreen that is reminiscent of the unit in Range Rover’s new Velar. Both four- and five-seat configurations are available. The roofline and the sharply raked liftgate mean that the cargo area is deep but not tall.
The Lamborghini Urus will be available in the United States late next year and the pricing will start at $200,000.