In the 1980s, Lamborghini introduced its first SUV, the radical and outrageously designed LM002. The LM002 was a game changer and was powered by a V12 engine, which it shared with the Countach. After being absent from the high-performance SUV game for more than thirty years, Lamborghini is back in the 2019 Urus.
The Lamborghini Urus, named after an ancient species of cattle, is as over the top today as the LM002 was back in the 1980s. The Italian “Super Sports Utility Vehicle” is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0 L V8 which sends power to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Even though the sheetmetal is exclusive to Lamborghini, the Urus shares the Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform with the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga, and the Porsche Cayenne. Soon after the launch of the “standard” Urus, Lamborghini will unveil an even more powerful and fuel-efficient Urus hybrid variant.
The 2019 Lamborghini Urus is powered by a 4.0 L twin-turbocharged V8 which produces an eye-watering 641 horsepower and 627 lb.ft. torque. Lamborghini engineers estimate that the 4850 pound Urus will be able to sprint to 62 mph from standstill in 3.6 seconds and will have a top speed of 190 mph.
When it goes on sale, the Urus will be the second Lamborghini model to feature rear-wheel steering after the Aventador S. With standard air-suspension, the Urus has a maximum ground clearance of 9.8 inches. The all-wheel-drive system features a central locking differential with a 40/60 default power split. Depending on the surface and driving conditions, the AWD system can send up to 70 percent of the torque to the front axle and up to 87 percent to the rear axle.
Carbon-ceramic rotors and pads are standard. The front rotors measure in at 17.3 inches in diameter while the rear rotors measure in at 14.6 inches.
The 2019 Urus comes standard with five driving modes: Strada (street), Corsa (race), Sabbia (Sand), Neve (Snow) and EGO (which can be customized to the driver’s preferences).
When set in Corsa mode, the all-wheel-drive system routes more power to the rear wheels while the stability-control system relaxes its thresholds to allow the Urus to slide more. In Sabbia mode, the stability-control is similarly programmed to the Corsa mode to accommodate the low-grip surface.
At launch, all Urus models will be fitted with 23-inch rims which are wrapped by unique Pirelli summer tires measuring 285/35R-23 up front and 325/30R-23 at the back. All-season tires along with 21 and 22-inch rims will be available at a later date.
Design wise, the 2019 Urus fits perfectly into the current Lamborghini product portfolio. The aggressive front fascia incorporates design elements found in the multi-million Centenario hypercar. The side profile is distinguished by the bulging wheel arches and the sloping roofline. The rear fascia is very angular, similar to that of the Huracan and is perfectly finished with quad chrome exhaust tips.
Because of pedestrian safety laws and other regulations, designers are usually forced to alter certain design elements from the concept vehicle while developing the production vehicle. However, in the case of the Urus, I am pleased to announce that Lamborghini designers were able to bring many of the design elements from the concept car to the production model.
Like all Lamborghini models, the interior of the Urus focuses more on form rather than on function. Customers will be able to choose from a range of exotic leather, wood, metal and carbon fiber trim options while building their ideal Urus.
The instrument cluster, the central infotainment system, and the HVAC controls are all accessed via large screens. The instrument cluster is easy to read and displays all the important information to the driver.
Once inside, occupants in the front seats will have ample leg, shoulder, and headroom. Rear seat occupants will have a decent amount of leg and shoulder room, but headroom is limited due to the sloped roofline. At launch, the Urus can be specified either as a four or five passenger seater. However, because of the sharply raked hatch, the cargo area will provide a lot of depth, but will not have enough space for tall items.
Pricing and Availability
The Lamborghini Urus will go on sale in the United States in late 2018 as a 2019 model. Pricing has not been announced as of this writing, but it is expected to start around the price of the Huracan, which starts around the $200,000 mark.
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