Lamborghini launched the Urus SUV in global markets just a few weeks ago and reports have come out that the Italian car maker will launch its newest product in India in January 2018, with a sub-Rs 3 crore price tag.
The term Urus, according to Lamborghini, is derived from “one of the large, wild ancestors of domestic cattle”.
Making use of the platform developed for the Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga and Audi Q7, the SUV also makes use of the engines from the Volkswagen group. Powering the car will be a 4.0 litre, twin-turbo V8 that can make 650bhp at 6,800rpm and 850Nm between 2,240-4,500rpm. This is the first turbo-charged engine to sit under a production lamborghini bonnet and is also the first V8 in many decades.
Such huge reserves of power are transferred to all four wheels and there is a rear wheel steering system to enhance the driveability of the SUV.
The all-wheel-drive system uses a locking center differential with a default 40:60 front:rear power split that can send up to 70% of the torque to the front or up to 87% to the rear. A rear differential allows for torque-vectoring capability.
Unsurprisingly, Lamborghini claims the Urus as the world’s fastest SUV with a 0-100kph time of 3.6sec, with a 304kph top speed.
Although not the truest of lambos to come out of Lamborghini’s factory floors, the Urus does get its own set of chassis tuning and suspension. There are three chambers for the air suspension all round to provide a supple ride for the 2.2 ton SUV.
There riding modes as well, with the Urus being the first lambo to be able to scale sand dunes and to get level-2 autonomous drive systems.
Lambo has hinted that the Urus might also be the first lambo to feature a hybrid powertrain. But sources on that project are scarce at present.
That Lamborghni is entering the SUV segment is not new as they had already made the limited run LM-002, a brute of a machine. But it is more relevant now, since the SUV segment is the most booming in the market, with Bentley, Maserati and Alfa Romeo ahving joined the foray and Rolls Royce, Ferrari and even Aston Martin working on such models to stay in the business.
The Urus, Lamborghini expects, will be the biggest selling model for the Audi-owned supercar maker. If it does, then, it will bring in the funds for the Italian car maker to keep making its supercars. It did work for Porsche, right?