The 2019 Lamborghini is the latest SUV to roll out of the Italian carmaker’s Sant’Agata Bolognese facility in Italy – it’s first since the LM002 was released more than three decades ago.
Nicknamed the ‘Rambo Lambo’, the LM002 was, basically, a military vehicle that Lamborghini made a few hundred of, but, of course, the company’s traditional domain has always been super sports cars like the Aventador S with a V12 engine or, for that matter, the Huracan Performante with a V10, to give you an idea of what they are capable of.
But, it’s the Lambo Urus that we’re interested in, here, and we’re going to take a good look at this Sports Utility Vehicle, supposed to be the fastest of its kind on the market today.
Although the deviation from the familiar form factor becomes evident at first look, it still retains much of the Lamborghini DNA, clearly visible in that Y shape inside the LED headlights, or that sloping roofline that tapers down to the back, and many other Lamborghini traits we’ll cover as we go along.
Other characteristics that are so distinctly Lamborghini, include the angular wheel arches that many Lambo models are historically known for; the two thirds-one third splits around the vehicle; the all-wheel steering and all-wheel drive combination; the distinct styling inside the headlights, as mentioned, and so on.
Looking at the Urus front on, hexagonal patterns can be seen across the Urus’ grill – a feature that pretty much dominates the design elements of the car.
The focus on angularity is, again, evident in the way the hood gently tucks down to the front and back in, giving it the sporty and aggressive look befitting a Lamborghini.
The slanting to the rear roofline and the slightly raised up back give the car an almost predatory look, as if ready to explode into action at the slightest hint.
The aggressive approach and the hexagonal influence continue around the back, as can be seen in the large tailpipes down at the bottom and in the sleek taillights that start on either side of the body, converging inwards over and across the back hatch to the Lamborghini logo in the center.
Based on the Volkswagen MLB Evo platform – the same aluminum architecture that is shared by the likes of the Bentley Bentayga, the Porsche Cayenne and the Audi Q7 – the Urus boasts a 48-volt electrical system that powers a very potent antiroll system to keep this beast of an SUV amazingly grounded and steady during aggressive cornering.
This effectively means that the Urus concept was no pie in the sky but, in fact, based on well-researched, tried and trusted formulas.
It does have permanent all-wheel drive but with varied power distribution, depending on the drive mode selected through the Anima selector, which is part of the “Tambour” (drum) at the base of the center console.
It offers five drive mode options, which include: the ‘Strada’ for everyday comfort; ‘Sport’ – the street performance mode; ‘Corsa’ – meant for the tracks; the Sabbia mode for sandy terrain; Terra for off-road driving; and Neve for snowy conditions.
These drive modes control everything from transmission shift timing and throttle response to steering weight, traction management, exhaust loudness, and more.
Also part of the Tumbler is the Ego selector which allows you to customize and save your preferences like loud exhaust, comfort ride or low-effort steering.
The Urus’ wheelbase, which is just a touch over 3 meters, can be virtually shortened or lengthened by up to 60 cm, for optimal performance – thanks to the 4-wheel steering technology.
So, turning the rear wheel against the front wheel by about 3 degrees at slow speeds will give the car agility, while turning it by that many degrees at high speeds in the other direction will ensure improved stability.
In addition to the 48-volt anti-roll electrical system mentioned earlier, the Urus has adaptive air suspension which raises or lowers the vehicle, depending on the kind of ground clearance needed under different drive situations.
Equipped with 440mm carbon ceramic front brakes – the largest on any production car – and 370mm rear brakes, the Urus needs just 33.7 meters to come to a complete stop from a speed of 100 kph; now, that is way, way quick for a car that weighs in at a hefty 2,200 kg.
That said, it is still much lighter than several of the competition out there.
The powerplant under the hood is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that is rated a 650 HP output – that’s 478 KW at 6,000 RPM, with a maximum torque of 850 Newton-meters (N.m).
The car is capable of 0-100 kph in a 3.6-second blink and 0-200 kph in just 12.8, on its way to a top speed of 305 kph, making it the world’s fastest production SUV and, certainly, justifying the term Super Sports Utility Vehicle being coined for it.
The Urus’ 8-speed automatic transmission system by default transfers 40 percent of the engine’s torque to the front wheels and 60 percent to the rear wheels.
However, when driving conditions demand, torque vectoring makes it possible to vary the torque distribution to as much as 70 percent to the front and 87 to the rear axle.
All four windows on the Urus are rimless, an unusual feature on an SUV but sleek nevertheless.
Inside the fully loaded cabin, the front door panels have a really neat dual tone leather finish, with great looking speaker grills and door handles that have an electronic touch to them rather than a mechanical one.
Three state-of-the-art, driver-friendly active-matrix LCDs, or TFT screens if you like, one each for the instruments, the Lamborghini infotainment system and comfort functions, and virtual keyboard and handwriting recognition, all provide an enhanced overall experience worthy of the brand.
The great thing is that is customizable and can be made to look sportier or more elegant through a myriad of color options and materials including the suede-like Alcantara, wood-finish, real leather, carbon or aluminum.