Defining the style in which you want the Urus to make its way forth means engaging first with the car’s ‘tamburo’ driving mode selector: a slightly plasticky edifice of a lever at the base of the centre stack that, annoyingly, only allows you to cycle through the car’s set menu dynamic calibrations (Strada, Sport, Corsa, Sabbia, Terra and Neve) in one direction.

Select Strada and that 641bhp turbo V8 remains surprisingly muted, the gearbox progressive in its step-off, and the car generally fairly comfortable and refined, and no more imposing to use than many other luxury SUVs. You suspect one key part of the Urus’s dynamic brief was to be the Lamborghini that anyone could drive, and it’s an undeniable success in those terms.

Simon Davis

Simon Davis

Road tester
The pure savagery of the way in which the Urus shoots off the line under a full launch control start is something to behold. I don’t mind admitting that it actually made me squeal.

Flick down into Sport mode and the ramping up of the car’s control weights and its response rates, of the vocality of its engine, and of the gearbox’s prevailing state of alert are all stark. All of a sudden, the Urus wants you to be excited. And even though the exhaust starts to bellow at twice the volume than it was before, you can’t miss the sheer quantity of digitised V8 warble that’s coming from the car’s door speakers, or the impression that your level of sensory arousal is being manipulated in quite heavy-handed fashion. Moreover, as suited as it may be for service in a heavy SUV, that turbo V8 engine doesn’t quite have the extravagant charismatic swagger to seem perfectly at home in a Lamborghini – with or without the digital modification.

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It certainly has the minerals, mind you. The Urus’s accelerative potency is nothing short of staggering. You won’t know whether to laugh or scream when you first witness what 2285kg of jacked-up metal, leather and glass feels like when it rockets to 60mph from rest in a frankly preposterous 3.3sec, and then hits 100mph in less than 8.0sec: more than a second quicker by that latter measure than was the last BMW M5.

Suffice it to say, the Urus is a quite formidable thing to witness in full flight, fully deserving of its ‘super sporting’ description. Given that breathtaking outright performance potential, however, the car’s drivability and tameness in daily use may be an even greater tribute to its creators.

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