More than five years have passed since the Lambo Urus SUV concept was revealed at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show and again at the 2012 edition of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Many of you are car enthusiasts and thus know about and fondly remember the LM002, produced and sold from 1986 to 1993. This maniacal off-roader was designed for traveling through the desert at 200 km/h thanks to its Countach-sourced 5.2-litre V12 and attached 5-speed manual transmission. This vehicle was a coarse brute, to say the least, but the 328 units that were built are highly valuable, and collectable.
The Urus, which will be fully unveiled on December 4th, will be a very different animal. This SUV will be the first Lamborghini powered by a turbocharged engine, specifically a bespoke 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 not shared with any other VAG product. Its projected 650-horspower will power the lightweight SUV to at least 187 mph (300 km/h) according to Lamborghini people.
Although the exterior and interior styling will be all Urus, it does share some components with the current Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga. Lamborghini plans to build 1,000 units in 2018 and the base price is expected to be just under $200,000 USD. The intent is to assemble upwards of 3,500 per annum starting in 2019. Given the success of high-priced luxury SUVs and Lamborghini as a brand, we don’t think they’ll have a hard time selling the lot.
There are a few videos floating around on the interwebs, one of which shows the various drive modes. Apparently, it was not supposed to be shared by Lambo as it was pulled shortly after it went live. As you know, nothing gets by car fans.
Enjoy the vids. Before too long, we hope to enjoy the Urus first hand…