Port­fo­lio

PORT­FO­LIO The sta­ble of the rag­ing bull un­veils its long-awaited SUV.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Con­tents -

Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, the Lamborghini Urus isn’t the sta­ble of the rag­ing bull’s first at­tempt at an SUV. Nor is it the con­cept car it’s based on, first ex­hib­ited at the 2012 Bei­jing Mo­tor Show. That dis­tinc­tion be­longs to the LM002 of the late 1980s. While the LM002 never found com­mer­cial, or even crit­i­cal, suc­cess, there’s no deny­ing it was a car far ahead of its time.

The Urus is as rapid as you ex­pect a Lamborghini to be. It has a four-litre twin-turbo V8 and with 650bhp/850nm at its dis­posal, the 0-100km/hr dash oc­curs in 3.6 sec­onds, while the top speed is a claimed 305km/hr.

In­ter­est­ingly, Lamborghini says the Urus is also pos­sessed of a great breadth of abil­ity, “as sporty or as el­e­gant as the owner wishes, and can equally be used as a daily lux­ury drive or pro­vide an ex­hil­a­rat­ing su­per sports ex­pe­ri­ence”.

I’ll re­serve judg­ment for when I ac­tu­ally get some time be­hind the wheel, but what I can tell you right now is it’ll face some stiff com­pe­ti­tion in the form of the up­com­ing Porsche Cayenne Turbo (a close rel­a­tive of the Urus) and if you’re pre­pared to wait a year or two, the As­ton Martin DBX. www. lamborghini. com ≠

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