WITH A rippling body that wouldn’t have looked out of place at a bodybuilding world championship and a V12 engine that guzzled fuel like muscle men glug protein powershakes, the Lamborghini LM002 (below) was always going to earn the nickname Rambo Lambo. It proved too much even for the world’s wealthiest drivers.
Now Lamborghini has confirmed that it will have another go at making an SUV — but the new model, which will be based on the Urus concept first shown at the Beijing motor show in 2012, will be quite a different beast from the LM002.
It will be built in Sant’Agata, Italy, and go on sale in 2018 to compete with Bentley’s Bentayga and the upcoming SUV from Rolls-Royce.
The Lamborghini is based on the platform of the latest Audi Q7 and is likely to have a turbocharged version of the V10 engine that powers the Huracan.
Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini’s boss, has previously said that the Urus will be the best-handling and fastest SUV in the world, and will create a new market above existing high-performance SUVs such as the BMW X6, Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport.
While the name is still a secret and no details have been given about the car’s cost, it is expected that drivers will need about £140,000 in their pocket. The company says many of its existing customers already own an SUV made by another manufacturer, and expects many to switch to its one.
“This is a proud moment for everybody in Lamborghini,” said Stephan Winkelmann. “The introduction of a third model line endorses the stable and sustainable growth of the company.”