What is it?
I suppose, when the matter in hand is as delicate as this, every kilogram matters, so Lamborghini isn’t going to round the 2197kg that its new Urus SUV weighs to the nearest ten kilos.
So 2197kg it is. Yay, it’s sub-2.2 tonnes! And that’s the first of an array of frighteningly large numbers that relate to the new Lamborghini 4x4: others of note are 641bhp, 626lb ft and £164,950 (or thereabouts; dealer charges vary, and you’ll pay £180k or more once you’ve got some options on it anyway). All of which gets you what, exactly? A super sports luxury SUV. Lamborghini says it basically invented this kind of car, and if you squint a bit I suppose, in the rather brutalist V12-engined form of the LM002, it might almost perhaps have a bit of a point; although I’m not sure it thought so at the time, and it only made 328 of them before packing the idea in.
But that was then and this is now and now means it doesn’t get a V12 and won’t be built by hand by the couple of hundred. The new Urus sits on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo architecture, which underpins the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Bentley Bentayga, and it’s intended to perhaps double Lamborghini’s output to 7000 cars a year.
To that extent, it is a marketing-driven car, not an engineering-driven one. It’s a car that they acknowledge they can only sell because they make actual genuine sports cars. Without the badge, the history, the reputation, the 12.4 million Instagram followers, the Urus wouldn’t sell.
Which is an admission, of sorts, isn’t it? That this isn’t quite a Lamborghini, after all? Not so, they say. Lamborghini DNA is written through it, they reckon. After all, it has, er, an architecture from a VW; yes, but it’s lighter through better mixed-metal use and with funky C-pillars and frameless doors. It has Lamborghini’s first turbocharged engine and it’s one you’ll find in an Audi; but, ah, here it has 641bhp. It has four-wheel drive, a tall ride height; perhaps, but no other group product marries that to a Torsen centre differential with 60% (and up to 85%) rear bias and a torque-vectoring rear differential, you see. Right.
In short, the things that separate a Lamborghini from another brand’s car within the VW Group today, then, are rather more subtle than the fact that only one of them has a V12 engine in the middle of it. Would a V12 engine fit here? Don’t be silly, an SUV requires turbochargers because only they can make the requisite torque. Could you put turbos on the V12? Look, please stop asking questions and go away and drive it. So I do.