So does this self-proclaimed ‘super-SUV’ look super enough? On balance, our testers thought so, even if all were in agreement that the Urus is no modern-day LM002 in terms of raw presence.
The silhouette is most similar to that of an Audi Q8 – hitherto comfortably the most striking car of this ilk – though the roofline tapers much more dramatically and is considerably lower in general. The Urus is also wider than many full-size SUVs such as the Range Rover, and its aluminium bodywork wears enough creases and gaping air intakes to remind onlookers that Lamborghini is, above all else, a maker of shamelessly brash supercars.
Mechanically, there is less scope for debate: the Urus is unquestionably super, and equipped with a more powerful derivative of the ‘hot-vee’ twin-scroll, twinturbocharged 3996cc V8 found in the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. It is a wildly potent engine, delivering 641bhp and 626lb ft, with the latter arriving as soon as 2250rpm and helping the 2285kg Urus accelerate from rest to 62mph in a claimed 3.6sec and on to a top speed of 190mph.
Downstream sits a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with lock-up clutch, its lower ratios clustered for maximum performance. Torque is then split between the front and rear axles by a central Torsen differential, delivering 60% rearwards in normal driving but increasing that to as much as 87% when needed.