Urus is world’s fastest SUV

December 5, 2017
Samaa Web Desk

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.

Published in SCIENCE

Story first published: 5th December 2017

 

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