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the world needed a super suv and praise lamborghini for handling it with the urus

The world needed a Super SUV and praise Lamborghini for handling it with the Urus

Sant'Agata claims the Urus has the highest specific output in its class but of course neglects to mention it’s the sole occupant of said segment

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Dinesh Appavu

15 Mar 2018

SUVs and its many offshoots of offsprings are all the rage now. You have the traditional body-on-frame builds, crossovers, unibody ones for urban use, performance variants and even some stupefying coupe bodystyles as well as ludicrous convertible SUVs (we’re never forgiving you Nissan).

Clearly what the world needed (and Lamborghini to capitalise on the craze) was a super SUV. Fortunately, Sant'Agata made the bold move to step up and fill in that excessively opulent niche with its second ever SUV; the Urus.

What some might find even more interesting is how the Urus was launched here in Malaysia a mere three months after its global premiere. Now before you decide to be funny and crack a joke about its name, bear in mind that the Urus is the ancestor of modern domestic cattle, also known as the aurochs. We’ll manage the jokes on our own (see what we did there).

It’s going to cost you RM780k before taxes so better get cracking on those Langkawi registrations to escape contributing into the government’s coffers. What would it cost with taxes for those that prefer a clean conscience? Well, if you have to ask…

Nonetheless, the Urus is a Lamborghini first and foremost so performance is at the forefront of requirements. That means a 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 good for 650hp and 850Nm of torque. That's the highest specific output in its class that for now has nobody else in attendance

That pulls the bull to the 100kph mark in just 3.6-seconds and double that in 12.8-seconds before peaking at 305kph with its 2,200kg heft which is considerably light for a SUV of its calibre. Key to the weight is a select blend of steel, forged aluminium and regular aluminium.

If the engine sounds familiar; think Volkswagen stablemate Audi and its RS models, Lamborghini claims its unique to the Urus and isn’t shared with any other model under the Volkswagen umbrella.

It boasts reduced turbo lag from its twin-scroll turbos and features cylinder deactivation to gain those fuel consumption figures of which we didn’t bother asking because it doesn’t matter.

You’ll select gears with the fighter-jet inspired lever that links to the eight-speed automatic and sends power to the rear-biased all-wheel drive system with a 40:60 split. Rear-wheel steering is carried over from the Aventador and active torque vectoring distributes power to the wheels with the most grip.

The Urus might have been painted by the Italians but the canvas is all German; more precisely the Volkswagen Group's MLB platform that shoulders the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Bentley Bentayga.

Those lines, creases and curvatures are all for aerodynamic purposes. Splitters, gaping air intakes, aero blades on the rear, a rear wing, rear spoiler, lip and an almost flat floor do their best to reduce drag and improve stability.

Adaptive air suspension alters the ride height depending on the six driving modes selectable via the “Tamburo” lever next to the transmission’s grip.

The six modes are Strada (street), Sport, Corsa (race), Terra (off-road), Sabbia (sand) and Neve (snow). Together with the active suspension, the ride height changes in accordance with the mode such as continuously adjusting according to speed in Strada and dropping low in Sport while Corsa sees body-roll tightening up. When the road less traversed comes along, the ride climbs for clearance and the all-wheel drive system adjusts for traction.

An Electromechanical Active Roll Stabilisation system finds itself on the menu of a Lamborghini for the first time.

Momentum is the arch-nemesis of braking and to counter physics, Lamborghini went with “no replacement for displacement” or rather size. The largest brakes ever fitted on a production vehicle; carbon ceramics measuring 440mm up front, sit behind 21-23-inch wheels wrapped in Pirellis specifically made for the Urus.

Those brakes are larger than those fitted on a Porsche 911 Turbo S.

In base form; if there’s such a thing for a Lambo, the Urus has a rear bench seat to hold five in total but the optional four-seater configuration adds a touch of luxury to the performance. This replaces the bench with two-fully adjustable bucket seats. Apparently, this option lowers your cargo room but we’ll toss those concerns in the same bin as the fuel consumption.

Interior trims comprise a combination of luxurious leather, alcantara, aluminium, wood, carbon fibre, brushed aluminium and piano black trim. The steering is multifunction with vibration dampers. Once you get over the unabashedly in-your-face gear lever and mode selector, the infotainment system is apparent and so is the digital TFT 3D display.

Aural entertainment is courtesy of a four-speaker system that are paired up on either side of the rear bumper’s bottom. Yes, be a man and let the exhaust sing. But if that doesn’t cut it for you, the actual Bang & Olufsen system should suffice.

If the missus has always been against you getting an impractical Lambo car, you can now get her a practical one.