Italian supercar manufacturer Lamborghini has diversified its lineup with the official launch of the new Urus SUV. The brand calls it the world's first super-SUV, and it's set to arrive in the UK in the first half of 2018.
Unmistakably a Lamborghini, the Urus takes the title of the world's fastest SUV from the Bentley Bentayga, boasting a top speed of 190mph over the Bentayga's maximum 186mph. The name 'Urus' comes from the world of bulls, as is tradition – Urus, or Aurochs, were one of the wild ancestors of domestic cattle.
The Urus will also complete the benchmark 0-60mph sprint in less than 3.5 seconds courtesy of its 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. It's the first time a turbocharged engine has appeared in a Lamborghini, and it's based heavily off the unit in the Bentley Continental GT. In the Urus it develops an astonishing 641bhp and 850Nm of torque, sent through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The Urus is also four-wheel drive (obviously) and features four-wheel steering, for added manoeuvrability at low speeds and extra stability when cruising. In normal driving, the car is 60 per cent rear-biased, but can send up to 87 per cent of torque to the rear or 70 per cent to the front if necessary.
The Urus debuts a new set of controllable driving dynamics. Selected through a bespoke control on the centre console, drivers can choose between Strada (Street), Sport and Corsa (track) modes, as well as three unique off-road modes – Terra (off-road), Neve (snow) and Sabbia (sand). It can even be fitted with all-terrain tyres from the factory, if you're mad enough to want to take your Lamborghini off-road...
Inside, there's seating for five, and a dash that combines equal parts Lamborghini and Audi. It's perhaps not surprising the Urus shares so much with Audi – it's based on the same MLB Evo platform as the Q7. However, it should be quite a lot more exceptional to drive.
"The Urus elevates the SUV to a level not previously possible, the Super SUV. It is a true Lamborghini in terms of design, performance, driving dynamics and emotion as well as drivable every day in a range of environments," said Stefano Domenicali, chairman and CEO of Lamborghini. "The Urus fits perfectly within the Lamborghini family as a high-performance car."