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What you need to know about the Lamborghini Urus

2018 Lamborghini Urus
iKnowAuto Staff
Lamborghini is an Italian company (now owned by the Volkswagen Group) known for vibrant paint jobs and flamboyant styling. Typically, a Lambo is no slouch either and this one, the press department claims, is the fastest SUV in the world. The Urus has a top speed of 190 mph! That’s 3 mph faster than the previous record holder, the Bentley Bentayga. The Urus has a ridiculous 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds, making it quicker than cars like the Mustang Shelby GT500 and a 2016 Aston Martin Vantage V12!
DEC 15, 2017
Lamborghini Urus 2012 Beijing Auto Show
First Unveiled in 2012

The Urus concept was first teased way back in 2012 at the Beijing Auto Show. Externally, the production car is strikingly similar, although it has bulked up in some areas. The front grill has been increased in size to help cool the massive 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 and feed it the thousands of gallons of air it needs per minute.

1989 Lamborghini LM002
Not Lamborghini's First SUV

You may be surprised that this isn’t Lamborghinis first foray into the SUV market, way back in 1986, they built and sold the LM002. The LM002 was built around a tubular steel frame with aluminum panels riveted on top. The idea for the LM002, or ‘Rambo Lambo’ as it came to be known, was born out of a military project that never really took off. Lamborghini only produced 328 and it was the last front engined production model Lamborghini sold, until the Urus, which the company are selling as the world's first Super Sport Utility vehicle.

Lamborghinis CEO Stefano Domenicali 
It is Expected to Double Sales

Lamborghinis CEO, former Ferrari F1 team principal, Stefano Domenicali predicts the Urus to double Lamborghini sales to almost 7,000 units by 2019. Lamborghini are positioning it as their ‘volume model’, whilst it will cap all other models to just 3,000 a year to maintain exclusivity. Both the US and China will likely be big markets for the Urus.

2018 Lamborghini Urus
You’ll spend hours on The Lamborghini Urus Configurator

If you’re the kind of person that loves a good online car configurator, you’ll be delighted by Lamborghinis’. It is well designed and elegant, allowing you to browse through about 10,000 variations on the spec and trim options list. Plus with exciting paint names like Giallo Auge (in English, Yellow Boom) and Verde Hebe (Green Goddess), you might even learn some totally useless Italian vocabulary.  

Extinct Urus Bull
Named after an extinct Cow

The Urus name follows Lamborghini’s tradition of naming their cars after bulls. This one is taken from an extinct breed of wild cattle that inhabited Europe and is commonly thought to be the ancestor of domestic cattle. These were huge beasts, weighing up to 3,300lbs and a fitting namesake for this SUV.

Bentley Bentayga (Bentley Motors)
Aston Martin DBX Concept (Aston Martin)
Rolls Royce Cullinan (Rolls Royce)
Leading the Luxury SUV Charge

The Urus is the first in a wave of incoming high-end SUVs. Expected within the year are the Aston Martin DBX, Rolls-Royce Cullinan - which will quickly become the most expensive SUV in the world for sale at $400,000, an all-new​​​​​​​ G Wagen from Mercedes and an as yet unnamed Ferrari All Wheel Drive Crossover.

2018 Lamborghini Urus
2018 Lamborghini Urus 
Has Rear Wheel Steering and Torque Vectoring

Rear wheel steering, or active four-wheel steering, was pioneered by Honda in the 1980s. The benefits are numerous, including an improvement in turning circles and high-speed stability. Lamborghini took their rear wheel system from the Aventador S and adapted it to fit the Urus. At 11 seconds into this video, you can see the system in action.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uos4yaeEuG8 

Engineers have also incorporated active torque vectoring, which according to their press release, enables “propulsive power to be instantly distributed to each individual wheel for enhanced traction, depending on the driving mode, driving style, and the road grip. Torque vectoring also provides additional steering control: less steering effort is required, with enhanced agility allowing higher cornering speeds and a more sporty drive.” 

Despite lots of Off-Road Tech, it’ll probably be useless

Lamborghini is pitching the Urus as an off-road capable vehicle. Ground clearance can be adjusted via the air suspension up to 9.7 inches. For reference, a Jeep Wrangler has 9.1 inches and a Range Rover has 11.63”. 

 A big deal is being made about the 6 different driving modes, with exotic names such as Terra (off-road), Sabbia (sand) and Neve (snow). The all-wheel-drive system is installed with a locking center diff too! 

Right now, you’d be forgiven for thinking this is a trail eating 4 wheeler. But the most aggressive tires available are a set of Pirelli designed All-Season tires on 21” rims. The wheels will no doubt cost thousands a piece, so you’ll be avoiding curbs, never mind sidewall piercing off-road terrain.  

2018 Lamborghini Urus Interior
2018 Lamborghini Urus Interior
The start of a new era

The luxury SUV market is growing rapidly and exclusive car makers are scrambling to put out their idea of the perfect SUV. Though expensive, the Urus is a wonderful engineering triumph and it’s a sure thing you’ll see one of these goliaths cruising around a street or mall parking lot near you soon.