Supercar maker Lamborghini has finally buckled and launched an SUV, although the oddly named Urus is no ordinary family soft-roader.
It is powered by a 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 that puts out 485kW and can sprint to 100km/h in 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 305km/h. Lamborghini claims it is the world’s fastest SUV.
And it will set you back roughly $550,000 — before on-road costs — when it lands here in the second half of next year.
“It had to be the most powerful SUV. It’s also the only SUV capable of exceeding 300km/h,” says chief engineer Maurizio Reggiani, adding that the Urus is even quicker than the maker’s Gallardo supercar, last built in 2013.
Riding on standard 21-inch and optional 23-inch rims fitted with bespoke Pirelli P-Zero tyres, the Urus has a dramatic presence on the street, though Reggiani insists the overly large diameter rims are more than capable off-road as well.
“We tested Urus with this wheel and tyre combination especially in places like southern Europe, Mexico and India where you have large, tyre-piercing rocks and we never encountered any problems,” he says.
The Urus heralds the dawn of a new era for Lamborghini. It is the company’s first five-seater and eventually will use hybrid and electric power — as will the Aventador and Huracan supercars.
Story first published: 5th December 2017