Lam­borgh­ini Urus makes fly­ing visit to NZ

Taupo Times - - MOTORING - DAVID LINKLATER

The Lam­borgh­ini Urus make a fly­ing visit to New Zealand this month.

The Ital­ian maker’s first-ever SUV – or ‘‘Su­pers­port Util­ity Ve­hi­cle’’ as Lam­borgh­ini likes to call it – is cur­rently vis­it­ing show­rooms around the world in ad­vance of first de­liv­er­ies in the sec­ond half of the year.

It was a pre-pro­duc­tion ex­am­ple, so for static dis­play only. But the blue Urus pic­tured here was the cen­tre­piece of ex­clu­sive cus­tomer events at Lam­borgh­ini Auck­land, in its show­room at 119 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, and was avail­able for pub­lic view­ing in a fam­ily-ori­ented ‘‘Urus Open Day’’ at the on Satur­day April 7. ANd then it was gone.

Urus is of­fi­cially the world’s fastest SUV, with 0-100kmh in 3.6 sec­onds and a top speed of 305kmh.

It owes some thanks to its VW Group parent­age in terms of pow­er­train and plat­form, although both have been ex­ten­sively re­worked for the Lam­borgh­ini ap­pli­ca­tion.

Un­der the bon­net is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 mak­ing 478kW/ 850Nm – the first tur­bocharged en­gine to fea­ture in a Lam­borgh­ini pro­duc­tion model.

It drives all four wheels through an eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box. Torque is split 40/60 front/rear in nor­mal driv­ing, with a max­i­mum of 70/87 per cent avail­able to ei­ther end in ex­treme con­di­tions.

It’s also fit­ted with ac­tive torque vec­tor­ing on the rear axle – in ad­di­tion to rear-wheel steer­ing (just like an Aven­ta­dor).

Urus is the first Lam­borgh­ini to have an electro­mechan­i­cal ac­tive roll-sta­bil­i­sa­tion sys­tem. The dampers can be ad­justed through the An­ima con­trol, with more cus­tomi­sa­tion via Ego mode.

Car­bon-ce­ramic brakes are stan­dard. Mea­sur­ing 440mm at the front and 370mm at the rear, they are the largest discs ever fit­ted to a pro­duc­tion car. Wheel op­tions range from 21-inch (stan­dard) up to an in­cred­i­ble 23-inch rim (as fit­ted to the Auck­land dis­play car).

Driv­ing modes are se­lected via a cen­tre-con­sole con­troller called the Tam­buro: from Strada to Sport to max-at­tack Corsa.

But it’s an SUV of course, so there’s also a Neve (snow) mode. Avail­able as an op­tion are two ad­di­tional modes: Terra (off-road) and Sab­bia (sand).

Urus pro­duc­tion starts in June, with first de­liv­er­ies to NZ cus­tomers around Au­gust. Start­ing price: $339,000.

Batch of pre-launch Urus mod­els cur­rently be­ing shown around the world. This one’s at Lam­borgh­ini Auck­land.

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