Lambo’s macho-mad Urus may be the first of its kind but we’re certain it won’t be the last – there’s far too much money to be made.
If you know anything about Lamborghini, you’ll understand that the name Urus has something to do with bulls. The Urus, also known as Aurochs, is an ancestor of domestic cattle. Now that this is out of the way, let’s touch on styling.
The Urus is clearly a Lamborghini borrowing heavily from existing cars such as the Huracán and, according Lambo designers, it takes cues from the LM002. While we fail to see exactly, we’ll allow it all as the SUV looks like it can tear the face off anything and anyone, not to mention shred pavement.
This sport utility is about going fast and handling. The front-mounted, twin-turbo, twin-scroll charged 4.0-litre V8 produces 650 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 627 lb.-ft. of torque from 2,250 to 4,500 rpm. A kind-of conventional 8-speed automatic transmission sends the power to all four wheels via a Torsen center differential. Normal torque split is 40/60 FR/RR, with dynamic maximums 70% to the front or 87% to the rear.
With one of the highest specific power outputs in its class at 162.7 hp/l and the best weight-to-power ratio at 3,38 kg/hp (weighs less than 2,200 kg), this “truck” catapults itself from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, cover the 0-200 km/h sprint in 12,8 seconds and tops out at 305 km/h.
Putting the new Lamborghini through its paces will be very possible. The vehicle features 4-wheel steering, rear torque vectoring, adaptive dampers and numerous drive modes (TRADA, SPORT, CORSA, NEVE, TERRA and SABBIA. This kind of power and speed requires big brakes. The Urus delivers with standard Carbon Ceramic Brakes (440 x 40 mm at the front and 370 x 30 mm at the rear). Clamping on the satellite dishes are 10-piston front and 6-piston rear calipers.
The cabin’s luxuriously appointed and is loaded with technology. In the US, pricing will start at $200,000. We’ll wager at $250k CDN starting price here, for those that have to ask.