Lam­borgh­ini Urus

Lambo’s brand-new as­sault on high-per­for­mance sport utes

Top Gear (Philippines) - - New Metal - WORDS BY An­drew Guer­rero

The idea of Lam­borgh­ini’s en­try to the cross­over-SUV seg­ment might seem crazy to some, but this is not the first time the Ital­ian lux­ury car­maker has ven­tured off-road. Some might re­call the boxy LM002 built from 1986 to 1993; it was a hard­core rugged V12 SUV that had evolved from the brand’s ear­lier mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle pro­to­types.

When the Sant’Agata-based com­pany sur­prised the world with its SUV con­cept at the

2012 Beijing Mo­tor Show, the un­veiled car was a far cry from the leg­endary LM002. Dubbed the Urus, fol­low­ing Lam­borgh­ini’s tra­di­tion of nam­ing its mod­els af­ter a fight­ing bull, it was more su­per­car and a lot less truck—a true demon­stra­tion of how the brand’s de­sign lan­guage would look if ap­plied to an SUV.

This dis­tinct styling has sur­vived the tran­si­tion from con­cept car to pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cle. The Urus fea­tures a wedge-like, coupein­spired pro­file, and has the same ra­tio of twothirds body, one-third win­dow as its su­per­car sib­lings. The front end is dom­i­nated by mas­sive open­ings that not only help in en­gine cool­ing, but also give the Urus an ag­gres­sive face. The smoothly in­te­grated power dome on the slop­ing hood hints at the power that lurks within.

Mov­ing on to the pro­file, the side pan­els fea­ture heav­ily chis­eled sur­faces. Broad front fend­ers and rear hips hide the wide tracks and cre­ate a mus­cu­lar look. The an­gu­lar wheel open­ings re­call those of the clas­sic Countach, while the tri­an­gu­lar fender vents boast nicely in­te­grated Ital­ian flags so you won’t for­get the sport-ute’s coun­try of ori­gin. Though there’s a rear hatch, the back end is still rec­og­niz­ably Lam­borgh­ini, thanks to the nar­row head­lights with Y-shaped LEDs—a de­sign el­e­ment seen on the car­maker’s other mod­els.

It’s the same story in­side—the in­te­rior could be­long to any bull in the Lam­borgh­ini sta­ble. It fea­tures a modern an­gu­lar dash­board with

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