As you will have seen from our live streaming, Lamborghini has taken the wraps off its super sports SUV, the 2018 Lamborghini Urus.
The Urus sits on the familiar MLB platform, shared with the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga, but the Urus sits 100mm lower.
At 5112mm long, 2016mm wide and 1638mm high, it runs on a wheelbase of 3003mm.
Yes, it’s a big machine, weighing just under 2200kg. But it’s propelled by something big as well.
Most of the speculation has been surrounding the engine which powers the Urus, which was always known to be a twin-turbo petrol V8.
Confirmation came today, with the Urus being powered by a 4.0-litre V8 with two turbos, the first turbocharged car in Lambo’s history.
Making 641bhp (478kW) and a massive 627lb-ft (850Nm), the Urus will get from 0-100kmh in just 3.6 seconds.
0-200kmh happens in 12.8 seconds – don’t forget, this is an SUV, not a sports car.
Speaking with CarAdvice, Riccardo Bettini, head of R&D project management, said this isn’t just the same engine as found in the Audi RS6.
“We changed several components such as a different turbo, belt train, the clutch is different, the gearbox mapping is unique to us, and the exhaust line is completely different,” said Bettini. We also changed the responsiveness of the engine for faster revving and the shape and dimension of the clutch itself provides more acceleration performance.”
The Urus has all-wheel-drive, as you’d expect, with the standard 40/60 torque-split front/rear but is able to send a maximum of 87 per cent to the rear and 70 per cent to the front.
Channelling the power to all four wheels is a ZF eight-speed automatic, with paddle shifters, of course.
When not on full throttle, the engine can deactivate four cylinders to help fuel consumption, giving a figure of 12.7 litres per 100km.
Also confirmed is the fact that the Urus will have a plug-in hybrid variant that will appear in early 2020.
“Being the fastest is very important for us, whether we are building super sports cars or super sport SUVs, but it’s not the only thing that matters to us, it’s also about the handling,” Bettini told CarAdvice. “If you see this car go on track compared with our competitors, we have less horsepower, but we still managed an amazing performance at the Nurburgring last year where we were able to achieve the record for this type of vehicle with the Urus’s unique mix of chassis, engine and aerodynamics.”
Slowing the whole shebang are carbon-ceramic brakes, which are the largest fitted to a production car – 440mm x 40mm at the front and 370mm x 30mm at the rear.
The Urus will stop from 100kmh in 33.7 metres. Literal eye popping stuff.
There’s a 48V-powered active anti-roll setup for the suspension, with varying degrees of firmness, with the most active setting happening in Corsa mode.
As seen in the teaser clips, the Urus has a four-wheel steering system, which turns the wheels in the opposite direction (six degrees) at low speed (shortening the wheelbase) which makes it turn in quicker.
At high speeds, the wheels turn in the same direction, which lengthens the wheelbase and aids high speed stability.
A sports differential with torque vectoring rounds out the dynamic package.
The Urus is fitted with adaptive air suspension, which allows the car to be raised or lowered from 158mm to 248mm depending on conditions, being adjusted by the various drive modes.
You can have anywhere from 21-inch to 23-inch rims each wrapped in specific Pirelli rubber.
“Honestly speaking, the first time I drove the Urus was at the Nardo high-speed test facility, and it felt like a super sports car,” said Bettini. “There’s no roll, there’s no understeer and it’s very agile if you’re using all the available systems. It’s something unbelievable”
The Urus’ traction control system has six separate settings:
– Strada, for the road
– Sport, which has a bit more relaxed stability control for higher speed driving
– Corsa, which you would use on a track
– Sabbia, for driving in sand
– Terra, used for driving on dirt
– Neve, which changes the stability and traction settings for snow
There’s also an Ego mode in which you can define engine, transmission, steering and traction control settings to suit your personal preferences.
Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s engineering chief says that the styling “has evolved considerably since the concept and the finished car is much better inside and out”.
From the pics, it’s definitely a lot more liveable.
The steering wheel, for example, is lifted straight from the Audi’s RS models, save the centre cap which is for Lamborghini.
There are two touchscreens, one for sat-nav, and infotainment, and underneath is another one for the climate control, lifted from the Audi A8.
With four doors and a luggage space is 616 litres, it suddenly becomes the first everyday Lamborghini.
Lamborghini expects the Urus to double the company’s sales to 7,000 units by 2019.
To do that, Lamborghini continued its expansion plans ahead of the launch of the Urus.
The factory site in Sant’Agata Bolognese has expanded from 80,000 to 160,000 m2, enabling Lamborghini to increase its production capacity, doubling to 7,000 units a year.
While the Urus will have a dedicated assembly line, the new, larger factory also includes a new finishing area which will cover all models, as well as a new office building. There’s also a new test track specifically for SUVs, including 13 different road surfaces to ensure the Urus can handle conditions both on- and off-road.
“Urus ushers in a new model of factory, which we call Manifattura Lamborghini, a new point of reference in the luxury automobile industry,” said Ranieri Niccoli, the head of manufacturing. “The substantial resultant benefits include greater production flexibility, better information accessibility, and the interconnection of systems: strengthening the professionalism of craftsmanship that has always distinguished us and supporting the doubling of our production volumes.”
Even with record sales in the past year, the factory expansion happened right on schedule, and the company managed to keep and maintain its carbon-neutral certification.
Lamborghini Urus Specifications
Engine: 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol
Power: 478kW @ 3750rpm
Torque: 850Nm @ 2000rpm
0-100kmh: 3.6 seconds
Top Speed: 305km/h
2018 Lamborghini Urus Pricing
Lamborghini Urus Pricing
United States – US$200,000
Australia – AU$390,000
New Zealand – NZ$323,000
Prices are plus on-road costs and options