Lamborghini Urus super-SUV revealed
The all-new Urus – termed by Lamborghini as a ‘super-SUV’ – was revealed in Bologna, Italy. Powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, the four-wheel-drive Urus can achieve 0-100kph in 3.6sec, with a top speed of 306kph. It will cost around Rs1.43 crore in the UK. Lamborghini chief Stefano Domenicali has demanded that the Italian firm’s “unrealistic” new Urus SUV fits perfectly alongside its line-up of super-cars and 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 conclusion of intensive growth and passionate skill to generate 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.” The Urus will be built in a new factory at the firm’s Sant’Agata Bolognese base. As a result, Lamborghini’s manufacture 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 fashioning, according to the firm, has been honed to maximize 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 front-mounted twin-turbo 4.0-litre petrol power plant 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 650hp at 6800rpm, and 850Nm between 2240- 4500rpm. As well as hitting 100kph in 3.6sec, the Urus will reach 200 kph 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 100kph in 33.7 metres. The turbo engine is mounted low in the car to optimize the Urus’ center 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.
The engine’s power is sent through an 8-speed auto gearbox, which is electro-hydraulically controlled. The low gear proportions are set short to provide low-end power, with the high gears set at longer intervals. An especially advanced torque converter is used to boost the engine response. Lamborghini will also add a plug-in hybrid engine option to the Urus at a later stage, enabling zero-emission running – essential to ensure the car conforms to stringent emissions legislation in certain areas of the world. The four-wheel-drive system on the Urus features a Torsen self-locking differential, with torque split 40/60 to the independent front and rear axles respectively. The system can send a maximum of 70% torque to the front wheels, or 87% to the rear, depending on demands. The rear differential features active torque vectoring, which can deliver power to each wheel according to the driving mode, style and grip levels. The rear-wheel steering system from the Aventador S has been carried over to the Urus, and can vary the rear steering angle by three degrees in either direction. It is set to use counter-phase steering at low speeds for enlarged maneuverability and in-phase steering at higher speeds for increased constancy. The Urus is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo platform that has also been used for the Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7. The SUV is 5112-mm long, 2016-mm wide and 1638-mm high, with a wheelbase of 3003-mm. Lamborghini says the machine has a kerb weight of less than 2200kg, with the chassis using aluminium and steel to maximize stiffness. There are aluminium doors, and torsional beams substituting the traditional C-pillar.
Adaptive air suspension allows the Urus to be raised and lowered from 158mm to 248mm to suit conditions, and is also adjusted by the various drive modes. Wheel options extend from 21in to 23in rims and Pirelli has developed a range of tyres especially for the super-SUV. There are also Neve (snow) and optional Terra (off-road) and Sabbia (sand) modes, which all raise the chassis to increase ground clearance, and utilize an electromechanical active roll stabilization system to smooth the ride. There is also a fully customizable drive mode, called Ego. The specially tuned damper valves are set to continually adjust to the conditions, hardening when cornering and softening on straights. The dashboard’s Y-design is oriented around the driver. Matching current models, the Urus dash also features numerous hexagonal elements, including the air vents and cupholders. The three-spoke steering wheel features vibration damping and there is a customizable TFT driver information display and the latest Lamborghini Infotainment System.