Lamborghini's SUV is finally here - and there's high hopes
Italian supercar maker Lamborghini, part of the Volkswagen Group, has finally revealed it's hotly anticipated SUV - the Urus. Lamborghini has high expectations for the Urus, hoping it will prove the fastest SUV around the iconic Nurburgring in Germany, a record currently held by Alfa Romeo's Stelvio QV.
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Dubbed the world's first Super Sports Utility Vehicle (SSUV), the Lamborghini Urus is finally here, named after a large Spanish fighting bull, Lamborghini claims it mixes "design, luxury and daily usability", setting a new benchmark for "power, performance and driving dynamics" in the sector.
Lamborghini has previously dipped their toe into the world of 4x4 production: the LM002 - affectionately known as the 'Rambo Lambo', was originally designed for military use and was certainly better suited to the battlefield than Avon streets.
Urus, the first front-engined Lamborghini since the LM002 and the Espada, also includes Lamborghini's first ever turbo-charged motor; derived from Audi's 4.0l bi-turbo V8, it offers 650bhp with 650Nm of torque. Urus' impressive power unit allows the all-wheel-drive system to accelerate from 0-100km/h (62bhp) in 3.6 seconds, with a top speed of 305km/h (190mph).
“An SUV is so different a vehicle from anything we have made in recent years, but we knew that the final result must be steeped in the Lamborghini DNA and so be fast and good to drive,” said Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini's Research & Development Director.
Lamborghini is so confident in their new model, that it is hoped the Urus will prove to be the fastest SUV currently on the market when they take it to the Nurburgring lap record next year. Currently, the record is held by Alfa Romeo's Stelvio QV after it set a lap time of 7 minutes 51.7 seconds.
Reggiani said. “We need to wait for a warmer season with good weather. We will be back in the spring.”
Urus is expected to arrive in the UK in Spring 2018, with prices starting around £165,000.