Lam­borgh­ini has joined the grow­ing su­per SUV sta­ble

Car (South Africa) - - INSIGHT -

It’s not an SUV (ap­par­ently)

Much as Fer­rari will es­chew the SUV moniker, Lam­borgh­ini has done the same by la­belling the Urus an SSUV (su­per sport util­ity ve­hi­cle). The rea­son­ing? It’s to do with the 4,0-litre biturbo V8 nes­tled in the Urus’ snout that, along with the Porsche Cayenne’s MLB plat­form and the rear-wheel-steer­ing sys­tem from the Aven­ta­dor, lends it supercar-ri­valling dy­nam­ics and per­for­mance. It’s with this com­bi­na­tion of fire­power and fleet-foot­ed­ness that Lam­borgh­ini in­tends to knock the Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV off its perch as the fastest SUV around the Nür­bur­gring Nord­schleife.

A mode for every road

The Urus’s MLB underpinnings and an ex­panded ver­sion of Lam­borgh­ini’s An­ima driv­e­train­con­trol sys­tem of­fers a broad range of con­fig­ura­bil­ity for dif­fer­ent driv­ing con­di­tions.

Strada (street): de­fault con­fig­u­ra­tion that re­tains trac­tion-con­trol sys­tems, a more eco­nom­i­cal gearshift pat­tern and 40:60 front-to-rear torque split.

Sport: more ag­gres­sive gearshifts, more lat­i­tude with the trac­tion con­trol and a torque split of up to 70% up front and 87% rear.

Corsa (track): nixes most of the driver aids and adds an even more ag­gres­sive gearshift pat­tern and a rear-bi­ased torque split for track duty.

Sab­bia (sand): tai­lors ESP for sand driv­ing with more pro­gres­sive throt­tle con­trol.

Terra (off-road): locks the cen­tral Torsen dif­fer­en­tial and jacks up the adap­tive air sus­pen­sion for greater ground clear­ance.

Neve (snow): reg­u­lates trac­tion-con­trol in­ter­ven­tion and throt­tle re­sponse to lessen wheel spin and im­prove grip on slip­pery sur­faces.


En­gine: 4,0-litre, V8, twin­turbo-petrol Power: 484 kw Torque: 850 N.m Trans: 8-spd AT 0-100 km/h: 3,60 sec Top speed: 300 km/h Fuel cons: 11 L/100 km ETA: Sep

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