Lam­borgh­ini re­veals a new breed of bull


When does a Sport Util­ity Ve­hi­cle be­come a Su­per Sport Util­ity Ve­hi­cle?

When it is built by the Ital­ian lux­ury man­u­fac­turer Lam­borgh­ini.

Au­to­mo­bil Lam­borgh­ini has just held the Ocea­nia launch of the Urus, which it claims is the first S-SUV and will there­fore cre­ate a new niche in the lux­ury seg­ment when it ar­rives in New Zealand and Aus­tralia dur­ing the fourth quar­ter of this year. It is likely to be priced at $323,000.

‘‘The Urus el­e­vates the SUV to a level not pre­vi­ously pos­si­ble – the Su­per SUV,’’ says Ste­fano Domeni­cali, the com­pany’s chair­man and CEO.

‘‘It is a true lam­borgh­ini in terms of de­sign, per­for­mance, driv­ing dy­nam­ics and emo­tion as well as be­ing drive­able every day in a range of en­vi­ron­ments.’’

As is the tra­di­tion with Lam­borgh­ini, this new SUV (sorry, S-SUV) has a name de­rived from the world of bulls.

The Urus, also known as Aurochs, is one of the large an­ces­tors of do­mes­tic cat­tle.

Urus is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-tur­bocharged V8 en­gine that de­liv­ers 478kW of power and 850Nm of torque, which is one of the high­est spe­cific out­puts in its class.

De­spite the fact it has a kerb weight of 2.2 tonnes, it can ac­cel­er­ate to 100kmh in 3.6 sec­onds, and on­wards to 200kmh in 12.8 sec­onds. And with a top speed of 305kmh, it is the fastest SUV avail­able.

The new SUV’s four-wheel drive sys­tem uses a Torsen cen­tral self-lock­ing dif­fer­en­tial for max­i­mum con­trol and agility in all driv­ing con­di­tions, par­tic­u­larly off-road. Urus also fea­tures ac­tive torque vec­tor­ing via a rear dif­fer­en­tial for en­hanced trac­tion, de­pend­ing on the choice of six driv­ing mode via the ve­hi­cle’s ‘Tam­buro’ driv­ing dy­nam­ics se­lec­tor.

In the modes Strada (street, Terra (off-road) and Neve (snow) the torque vec­tor­ing re­duces un­der­steer, while the Sport and Corsa modes the torque vec­tor­ing al­lows the urus to be­come more ag­ile with greater over­steer.

These modes also in­flu­ence the sound of the Urus. The ex­haust note is qui­etest in the Strada mode, and loud­est and most gut­tural when in Corsa mode.

The Lam­borgh­ini Urus adopts the rear-wheel steer sys­tem that was in­tro­duced in the Aven­ta­dor coupe and which varies the rear steer­ing by plus or mi­nus 3 de­grees ac­cord­ing to ve­hi­cle speed and the driv­ing mode that has been se­lected.

At low speeds the rear-axle steer­ing is op­po­site to that of the front wheels (called coun­ter­phase steer­ing), which short­ens the wheel­base by up to 600mm for in­creased agility and a re­duced turn­ing cir­cle. At higher speeds the steer­ing an­gle is in the same di­rec­tion as the front wheels (in-phase steer­ing) for bet­ter driv­ing dy­nam­ics.

The ve­hi­cle will also come with car­bon ceramic brakes, adap­tive air sus­pen­sion and ac­tive roll sta­bil­i­sa­tion

Urus’ ex­te­rior de­sign takes styling cues from the LM002 – the so-called ‘‘Lam­borgh­ini truck’’ that was built be­tween 1986 and 1993. But at the same time it adopts the two-thirds body, one-third win­dow ra­tio of Lam­borgh­ini sports cars.

The front boasts a peaks bon­net rem­i­nis­cent of Miura and Aven­ta­dor, and ac­cented by di­ag­o­nal hood lines found for the first time on the Coun­tach.

Hexag­o­nal front and rear wheel arches are a de­sign el­e­ment bor­rowed from the LM002 and Coun­tach – and they house wheels as large as 23-inch, the largest in SUV seg­ment.

Big rear shoul­ders sup­port strongly slop­ing rear win­dows to help give the Urus a coupe-like stance, and a rear dif­fuser is in­spired by Lam­borgh­ini race cars, with in­te­grated dou­ble round ex­haust pipes.

The new Urus will fit per­fectly within the Lam­borgh­ini fam­ily as a high­per­for­mance ve­hi­cle, says CEO Ste­fano Domeni­cali.

‘‘It is the cul­mi­na­tion of in­ten­sive de­vel­op­ment and skill to cre­ate a new breed of bull – a su­per SUV that tran­scends the bound­aries of ex­pec­ta­tions and opens the door to new pos­si­bil­i­ties for both our brand and our cus­tomers."

The new 478kW Lam­borgh­ini Urus, due in New Zealand in the fourth quar­ter of this year.

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