Lamborghini has demonstrated its 641bhp Urus – described by the brand as a ‘super-SUV’ – on track at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
At the car's unveil in Bologna, Italy, in December, company boss Stefano Domenicali insisted that the Italian company’s “visionary” new Urus SUV fits perfectly alongside its line-up of supercars.
Powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, the four-wheel-drive Urus can achieve 0-62mph in 3.6sec, with a top speed of 190mph. It costs from £159,925 on the road.
Domenicali says that level of performance reflects a machine that “elevates the SUV to a level not previously possible”. He said that the Urus is “a true Lamborghini in terms of design, performance, driving dynamics and emotion, as well as drivable every day in a range of environments”.
He added: “The Urus fits perfectly within the Lamborghini family as a high-performance car. It is the culmination of intensive development and passionate skill to create a new brand of bull: a super-SUV that transcends the boundaries of expectations and opens the door to new possibilities, for both our brand and our customers.”
Reflecting those “new possibilities”, the Urus will be built in a new factory at the firm’s Sant’Agata Bolognese base. As a result, Lamborghini’s production output will double to around 7000 cars per year.
The Urus’s dramatic exterior has been designed to embody Lamborghini’s range of supercars – following the same two-thirds body, one-third window ratio – and the firm says it also contains visual links to the LM002, the off-road SUV Lamborghini produced from 1986 until 1993.
The peaked bonnet is styled on those seen on the Miura and Aventador, while diagonal hood lines, first used on the Countach, also feature. The styling, according to the company, has been honed to maximise the car’s aerodynamic potential, with a front splitter and air intakes to channel air to the underbody.
Lamborghini has stuck with naturally aspirated V10 and V12 engines for its Aventador and Huracán, believing that it adds to the emotional experience of driving a supercar, but has used the twin-turbo 4.0-litre petrol powerplant in the Urus. The reason for this, claims the firm, is that SUVs need the additional low-rev torque, especially when being used off-road. The front-mounted unit produces 641bhp at 6800rpm, and 627lb ft between 2240- 4500rpm. As well as hitting 62mph in 3.6sec, the Urus will reach 124.2mph in 12.8sec. Carbon-ceramic brakes – measuring 440 by 40mm at the front and 370 by 30mm at the rear – help the Urus to stop from 62mph in 33.7 metres.
The turbo engine is mounted low in the car to optimise the Urus’ centre of gravity and has been designed with the central turbocharger layout near the combustion chambers to enhance engine response. The twin-scroll turbochargers run in parallel to allow for maximum power when fully loaded, while reducing turbo lag. The unit also features two exhaust flows which, Lambo said, eliminate interference in the exhaust gas cycle and cylinder deactivation to reduce fuel consumption.