The Green Hell. it’s the one piece of tarmac that’s like Mecca for car enthusiasts, and one that manufacturers regularly test on. And Lamborghini is no stranger to testing its vehicles there.
The reason Lambo uses the Nurburgring Nordschleife (north loop), is because it yields a 1:100 ratio. Every kilometre of track equates to 100 kilometres out in the real world, such is the brutality of the track.
As a result, lap records take not just a lot of bravery, but also a lot of ability from both man and machine.
Lamborghini‘s Urus SUV has spent many hours lapping the Nordschleife, gathering data and being punished before being released to the public.
There’s no doubt that Lamborghini’s test drivers know how to string a quick lap together. With its Italian rival Alfa Romeo having claimed the lap record for an SUV, it would seem a logical step for Lambo to put the Urus around and claim its rightful place as the quickest SUV on that track.
After all, with a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 (the first turbocharged car in Lambo’s history), it’s definitely quick enough.
Making 641bhp (478kW) and a massive 627lb-ft (850Nm), the Urus will get from 0-100kmh in just 3.6 seconds, and 0-200kmh happens in 12.8 seconds.
In addition, the Urus has all-wheel-drive, which is able to send a maximum of 87 per cent to the rear and 70 per cent to the front.
Compare that with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, which produces 510bhp from its 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6, and does the same 0-100kmh spring in 3.8 seconds. The Stelvio QV set the Nurburgring lap record for an SUV, getting around the 20.7km track in just seven minutes and fifty-one seconds.
While the Urus has plenty of ability, as you can clearly see from the above, you may be disappointed to learn that a ‘Ring challenge isn’t on the cards.
Lamborghini’s public relations manager for Oceania, Silvia Saliti, spoke with SUV Authority and confirmed that the company had no plans to set a blistering time with its super SUV, the Urus.
When asked whether it’s foreseeable that Lamborghini would attempt to claim the lap record for an SUV around the Nordschleife, the response was a very short “no”.
Perhaps a disappointing response for those looking to see what the company can achieve, but it also could save some embarrassment if the Urus was to fall short in some way.
However, the discussion is ongoing so that’s not to say that Lamborghini would never set an SUV record, but for the time being, Alfa Romeo’s SUV record is safe.