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Lamborghini Urus: The Rambo Lambo in a suit

Signing on the dotted line, Lambo’s deal with the devil is complete as its super SUV claims a couple of firsts

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Dinesh Appavu

5 Dec 2017


Some would argue the day of reckoning is finally upon us, Lamborghini has sold its soul to the devil as it launched its first SUV but in typical Sant'Agata style, they went big on almost everything with the Urus; named after bull’s extinct ancestor known as aurochs.

They held out for as long as they could but the lure of printing money faster than their cars actually go is too hard to resist. Nonetheless, Lamborghini assures us the Urus was forged from the undeniable Lambo DNA and call it a “Super Sport Utility Vehicle” because why the hell wouldn’t they.

Granted, it isn’t the first performance SUV but Lambo has put some numbers on the table to guarantee that it’ll be the fastest production SUV in the solar system and most extreme one yet. Better late than never right?

The Urus seats four and the exterior styling remains completely in-your-face, not being diluted in the jump from prototype to production. It’s the performance figures though that should be able to wake the dead.

A 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 pumps out 641hp and 850Nm of torque and is linked to an eight-speed automatic. Their engineers opted for forced induction with off-road navigation in mind, finding no other solution to the requirements of low-end torque and grunt in a petrol engine.

Some simple maths (because that’s all we’re capable of) gives us a specific output of 162.7hp/l, making the Urus one of the highest specific power outputs in its class and the best weight-to-power ratio at 3.38kg/hp, besting the 707hp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk by a hair’s width.

Top speed is 306kph. The century sprint comes in a scant 3.6-seconds, enough to leave the likes of base Porsche 911 models in its luggage-hauling wake. 200kph is equally impressive at 12.8-seconds.

Of course it’s got a trick all-wheel drive system with active torque vectoring in the rear and the rear-steer system from the new Aventador S for high speed stability. The system allows the rear tyres to turn by a maximum of 3.0-degrees, effectively elongating or shortening the wheelbase depending on the speed. The all-wheel-drive is permanent too as the Torsen center differential provides a default torque split of 40 per cent to the front and 60 per cent to the rear. It can vary according to conditions with up to 87.5 per cent to the rear and a max of 70 per cent to the front but it will never send 100 per cent to either axle.

Active roll control has also been integrated into the car to offset the weight and height during cornering to keep the body flat. It works together with the adaptive damping, rear-wheel steering and torque vectoring to make the Urus a beast on and off the road.

Stopping figures are as impressive as its sprinting. Massive 439mm carbon ceramic discs up front and 368mm pieces in the rear bring the Urus to a halt and reorganises your internals.

The Tamburo driving mode selector controls all vehicle dynamics systems and allows the selection of driving dynamics according to surface conditions. Strada (street), Sport, Corsa (race), Neve (snow), Terra (off-road) and Sabbia (sand) should keep the Urus trudging along until Armageddon.

Estimated pricing is over RM800,000 before taxes (USD 200,000) so you’ll probably be servicing that loan until the end of time as well.



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