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