2018 Lamborghini Urus 2

Lamborghini finally let loose the screws off the hinges that have been holding back its latest creation, the all-new Urus. Yes, it’s the company’s first commercially-serious SUV (once upon a time there was an extremely limited LM002), and is expected to become the brand’s best-seller. The big 4-door comes in at 5.1 metres long (3m wheelbase) and weighs just under 2.2 tonnes. Yet will shame a number of your favourite super cars off the line, and indeed, off-road.

Power is sourced from the Volkswagen Group’s trusty 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 petrol motor and it makes a sweet 478kW of power and 850Nm of pulling torque. Sent to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic gearbox, the stated performance is nothing short of neck-breaking. Try these for size; 0 – 100km/h in 3.6 seconds, 0 – 100km/h in 12.8 seconds, and top speed at 305km/h. Don’t forget this is an SUV.

Lamborghini has set up the variable all-wheel-drive (AWD) system such that it splits torque 40:60 rear biased, but can send up to 87% to that rear axle. It also has a rear-wheel steering system that helps the car manoeuvre easily around city or town driving situations, and into parking spots. The 6 driving modes are accessible through a rocker and consist of Strada, Sport, Corsa, Neve (snow), Terra (off-road) and Sabbia (sand), as well as Ego which the driver can individualise. The suspension system can be raised for whatever off-road requirements while in the Neve, Terra and Sabbia modes.


Urus has quite the muscular body type, featuring every sharp line you can imagine, from the attack-minded front grille with a large honeycomb design, the LED headlights underscored by Y-shaped daytime running lights, the tough bonnet, convex side profile with its coupe look, to the Y-shaped rear LED lights, modest boot spoiler and four exhaust tailpipes. While on the boot, Urus is said to be able to carry 616 litres of luggage under normal circumstances, but can raise this up to 1 596 litres when the rear seats are folded flat.

Inside Lamborghini has managed to blend sport with luxury. Plenty of leather and metallic surfaces. The four sports seats are electronically-adjustable, while the multifunction steering wheel is flat-bottomed and has the Italian flag etched at the bottom. There is an infotainment system called LIS which can also be paired with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. In Europe the Urus will cost the equivalent of R2.7 million.

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