Bullish en­try in SUV range

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By PAUL GOVER

THE world has no need for an­other SUV, but that is not stop­ping Lam­borgh­ini.

It has just ap­proved its out­ra­geous Urus as the world’s lux­ury car­mak­ers rush to sat­isfy the SUV crav­ing, with mod­els in­clud­ing fu­ture cars from Bent­ley and Maserati.

The Urus will not hit the road un­til 2017 but is al­ready pre­dicted to com­fort­ably dou­ble pro­duc­tion for the Ital­ian brand, just as the Cayenne SUV did for Porsche. That points to sales of about 3000 a year.

It will lum­ber in above the Gal­lardo and Aven­ta­dor with a body teased from Lam­borgh­ini’s ex­ist­ing Urus con­cept car and a me­chan­i­cal pack­age based on the Volk­swa­gen Group’s MLB plat­form, which is de­signed to fit un­der the next-gen­er­a­tion Audi Q7, Cayenne and Volk­swa­gen Touareg.

Con­fir­ma­tion of the ar­rival of the Urus came dur­ing Lam­borgh­ini’s 50th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions from Audi, which has ul­ti­mate con­trol of Lam­borgh­ini.

‘‘In the year 2017 we will start the third model range: the Urus. So, in the fu­ture, Lam­borgh­ini will con­tinue to stand for ex­clu­siv­ity, un­com­pro­mis­ing aero­dy­nam­ics and sporty driv­ing,’’ Audi chair­man Ru­pert Stadler said.

The Urus pro­ject sur­faced last year in the run-up to the Bei­jing auto show. It is big and bru­tal but has an edgi­ness fa­mil­iar to all Lam­borgh­ini prod­ucts and hints of the Gal­lardo and Aven­ta­dor.

Urus’s engine is likely to be a turbo-charged V8 with hy­brid elec­tric booster to lib­er­ate about 440kW.

It is ex­pected to un­der­cut other VW Group SUVs on the weight front, by about 100kg, by us­ing car­bon fi­bre in its body struc­ture.

The Urus should be about 4.9m long, but only 1.7m high, on al­loy wheels at least 20 inches in di­am­e­ter.

And it’s name? Un­like ot- her Lam­borgh­ini mod­els, which are named af­ter Span­ish fight­ing bulls, Urus goes back fur­ther to the orig­i­nal an­ces­tral name for the cat­tle which came be­fore mod­ern cows.

Lam­borgh­ini’s Urus is a flam­boy­ant model that will not hit the road un­til 2017 but is bound to gen­er­ate much in­ter­est be­fore then

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