The all-new Lamborghini Urus has finally gone on sale in the UK priced from £164,950. The Italian carmaker claims the Urus is the world’s first super-SUV and is planning to sell 4,500 to 5,000 units per year globally in the short term.
Lamborghini says the Urus, named after a large Spanish fighting bull, is the new segment benchmark with regards to “power, performance and driving dynamics”, while also mixing a dose of “design, luxury and daily usability”. It’s said to represent the infusion of Lamborghini DNA into an SUV body.
Its unmistakable styling means it’ll be instantly recognisable on the road, and while the looks won’t be to all tastes, its sharp creases, deep cuts and swooping roofline give it a completely unique design. Wheel options range from 21 to 23 inches, and can even be fitted with specially-developed Pirelli all-season or winter tyres.
Its gaping grille, thin LED headlights and Huracan-inspired tail-lamps are typically Lamborghini, but the raised ride height and angular wheel arches take the brand in a new direction. At the rear, you’ll notice the thin, coupe-like window line and bold quad-exit exhausts.
The Urus is based on the same MLB Evo platform as the Audi Q7 but despite its humble origins, Lamborghini says it’s likely to be rather more exceptional when it comes to performance and handling. It uses a 641bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, which develops 850Nm of torque. It’s driven through an eight-speed automatic gearbox and complex all-wheel-drive system featuring active torque vectoring and four-wheel steering. The Urus also gets carbon ceramic brakes, adaptive air suspension and active roll stabilisation.
As well as completing the benchmark 0-62mph sprint in 3.6 seconds, Lamborghini claims the Urus will do 0-124mph in 12.8 seconds and hit 190mph flat out.
The eight-speed automatic gearbox is tuned for shorter ratios in low gears, ensuring maximum performance from a standstill. Despite not using a faster dual-clutch setup, the box is said to feature a highly efficient slip-controlled lock-up clutch and specially-developed torque converter for urgent response.
The four-wheel drive system sends 60 per cent of its torque to the rear wheels in normal driving, but can instantly force up to 70 per cent to the front wheels to boost traction. Equally, it can send 87 per cent of the engine’s torque to the rear if necessary. A range of driving modes, including Strada, Sport, Corsa, Terra (off-road), Neve (snow) and Sabbia (sand), allow the owner to tailor the car’s characteristics to suit the situation in hand; like in other Lamborghini models, there’s also an customisable Ego setting.
Inside there’s seating for five, while the dash design echoes the crazy exterior styling. According to Lamborghini the Urus offers a low but comfortable seating position, with the entire cabin focused around the driver. There are two standard-fit touchscreens, with the upper display managing functions like media, navigation and phone connectivity. The lower screen provides access to the climate control and seat heating, while also offering a keyboard for inputting information. The system is supported by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a Bang & Olufsen stereo is on the options list.
Lamborghini is also offering the Urus with a host of driver assistance systems. These include autonomous emergency braking, a top-view camera and even a trailer coupling mode. Auto high beam, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control are all standard fit, as well.
Lamborghini Urus hybrid and ‘Superleggera’ models?
Lamborghnini has already confirmed that the replacement for the current Aventador will use V12 hybrid power and with models like the Audi Q8 and Porsche Cayenne using hybrid powertrains on the same platform as the Urus, it’s reasonable to assume that a hybrid powertrain could be in the pipeline. Speaking at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, however, the frim’s CEO, Stefano Domenicali, wouldn’t be drawn. “We need to be Lamborghini. In this moment the sharing of technologies is taking all the cars very close to each other. We need to make sure that we balance our growth, with making sure we are different from the others, otherwise, why do you buy a lamborghini? That’s why it is important to speak about technology but it is even more important to speak about the brand”.
Domenicali was more forthcoming on the prospect of a performance focused Urus with reduced weight and more power joining the range in the future, suggesting that a ‘Superleggera’ or ‘SuperVeloce’ model is something that’s being considered. “I think that the platform of the Urus is to, first of all, start the sales of the first one without thinking so far away. But for sure we can offer something in a very sporting way that no one has done before. We have ideas on what we could do.”
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