The Lamborghini Urus isn’t your father’s LM002
Lamborghini and crossovers may not seem like a good pairing, but for a company that started by making tractors, forging ahead into the SUV segment doesn’t seem too far of a stretch. Considering Lamborghini dabbled with an SUV in the ‘80s and ‘90s, the all-new Urus isn’t a surprise.
Crossovers are all the rage, with luxury automakers that once focused on sports cars following Porsche’s path to success of selling crossovers to fund the development of insane sports cars. Now Lamborghini is getting the game, following Jaguar, Bentley, Maserati and Alfa Romeo.
What happens when teams that were once working on supercars focus on making a crossover? You get the Urus—a super crossover. Who knew Lamborghini’s angular design could translate so well to a four-door crossover?
For as impressive as the Urus looks, a lot of the platform—and even the powertrain—have been pillaged from the Volkswagen Group parts bin. The Urus rides on VW Group’s MLB platform, which underpins the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Bentley Bentayga. The engine is run-of-the-mill VW Group stuff—a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter making 641 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. However, Lamborghini is insisting the design of the engine is all its own.
All that power means the Urus has a top speed of 190 miles per hour—three more its stablemate the Bentayga and rocket to 60 mph from a standstill in 3.2 seconds, which is plenty quick for an SUV. All-wheel drive is standard. The Urus will feature rear-wheel steering and its own unique chassis tuning.
The Lamborghini Urus goes on sale next year in the U.S. with a starting price near $200,000. A gas-electric model is planned.