What is the Lamborghini Urus?
It’s been a long time since Lamborghini last made an off-roader, but after a hiatus of over 32 years, an SUV is back in the supercar maker’s range courtesy of the new Urus.
By being a far different vehicle to Lamborghini’s two-seater performance cars, the Urus is expected to draw in buyers who wouldn’t normally consider owning a Lamborghini. With SUVs still dominating the car market, there’s a very strong chance the Urus will becoming the firm’s best-selling car ever — likely beating the current record of 14,022 Lamborghini Gallardo units by a big margin.
What engines are available for the Lamborghini Urus?
In a Lamborghini first, the Urus only comes with a turbocharged engine: in this case, a 4-litre V8 that’s derived from the VW Group unit used in the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Though the turbocharging is unconventional for a Lamborghini, the power the engine makes certainly isn’t. The 641bhp output makes the Urus more potent than the Lamborghini Huracan Performante supercar, and its 627lb-ft of torque is 96lb-ft more than the Nürburgring record-setting Lamborghini Aventador SVJ’s.
With such a powerplant, performance is suitably outrageous: the Urus can go from 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 189mph. Buyers most likely won’t worry about running costs, but for the record: fuel economy is rated at 22.2mpg and the 325g/km CO2 emissions result in a first year tax bill of £2,070.
Is there a hybrid version?
Currently, the petrol V8 is the only engine available for the Lamborghini Urus, though a plug-in hybrid model is said to be in the pipeline. To preserve the Lambo’s status as a “Super SUV”, the Urus hybrid will likely use a version of the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid’s 671bhp petrol-electric setup.
How practical is the Lamborghini Urus?
Unsurprisingly, the Lamborghini Urus is the most practical car the company makes. As well as being able to accommodate more than two people (the car can be specified as a four or five-seater), the Lamborghini Urus also has a surprising amount of headroom in the rear, despite the sloping roofline.
The boot is also quite spacious, with 574 litres of space for the four-seater Urus and 616 litres for the five-seater. The load bay can be increased to 1,596 litres by folding the rear seats down, should you need to carry bigger items, and the flat load bay makes it easier to load and unload heavier objects.
Can I take the Lamborghini Urus off-road?
The (likely very small amount of) Lamborghini Urus drivers who plan on taking their new SUV off-road will be pleased to know the car can tackle tough terrain. You can watch Luxx Magazine’s David Green tackle a muddy trail in southern Italy in the four-wheel drive Urus in the video at the top of the page.
What tech does the Lamborghini Urus have?
The engine and its performance may be the stand-out feature, but there are plenty of other of tech highlights on the Lamborghini Urus. The centrepiece of the cabin is the slick dual-screen infotainment system, and the car uses adaptive suspension to reduce body roll when cornering at speed, but also improve traction off-road.
How much does the Lamborghini Urus cost?
Prices for the Lamborghini Urus start at £165,000. Clients with a large amount of change going spare can also lavish their Urus with an array of optional extras and customisation features via Lamborghini’s “Ad Personam” personalisation programme.
What are the Lamborghini Urus’ rivals?
At the price point, the closest competitor to the Lamborghini Urus is the Bentley Bentayga, which is less powerful but more luxurious than the Lambo. Another rival for the Urus, the Aston Martin DBX, will be launched before the end of the year, and Ferrari is forecasted to introduce its own SUV by 2022.
Sitting at the top of the luxury SUV tree is the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan — but prices for that start at £250,000.