2016 saw some major car makers come out with their first ever SUVs – names like Jaguar, Bentley, Alfa Romeo, SEAT – but 2017 has been comparatively quiet. That was until the unveiling of the Lamborghini Urus.
That’s right, Lambo has finally got in on the act and the reveal of the world’s first super SUV has fooled many of us in the Petrol News office into thinking that Christmas has come early.
Named after a large Spanish bull, the Urus is said to combine high luxury with class-leading power, performance and driving dynamics, and on first look, it is undeniably Lamborghini.
Besides all those hexagons, the imposing front-end features a peaked mound on the bonnet, not too dissimilar to that of the Miura and Aventador, accented by diagonal hood lines you’d also find on a Countach. There is simply no mistaking the Urus as pure Lamborghini.
The SUV has pinched the underpinnings from the Audi Q7, but you wouldn’t get this kind of performance from any Chelsea tractor, because under the bonnet is a four-litre twin-turbo V8, pumping out 641bhp and 850Nm of torque.
This is enough wallop to rocket the Urus from zero to 62mph in 3.6 seconds, with a top speed of 190mph. On top of that, it can also race to 124mph from a standstill in 12.8 seconds, which is less than some city cars take to get to half that speed.
Blasting off is no problem but neither is coming back to earth because carbon ceramic brakes can bring the car from 62mph to a halt with a stopping distance of less than 34 metres.
Inside, you’ll find more than adequate seating for five and the Urus’ crazy styling is echoed throughout the cabin, while wheel options range from 21 to 23 inches.
The Urus is expected to become the most powerful SUV in the world when it goes on sale this spring, with prices starting from around £165,000.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “The Urus is the kind of car that just leaves you with one word: wow. It’s everything you’d want from a Lamborghini: blistering performance, exterior lines that’ll take your eye out – it’s just stunning.”
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