The much-anticipated Lamborghini Urus, Lamborghini’s first-ever crossover-SUV, will have a lot of power, performance and luxury, but no autonomous driving tech.
Despite the general and increasing push for full or partially self-driving car, the Italian supercar maker has absolutely no intention of giving its super-duper SUV such a feature, most likely to reinforce its image of being a performance-oriented driver’s car.
Company CEO Stephan Winkelmann told that autonomous driving tech could hurt Lambo’s image as a supercar maker, even though the Urus will be more of an everyday car than either the Huracan or Aventador.
The Urus is being tuned for on-road and, thanks to an all-wheel drive system, some off-road performance. However, don’t expect it to tackle the rugged outdoors with the same determination as a Land Rover or Jeep Wrangler.
Power will likely come from an Audi-sourced 4.0L twin-turbo V8 that has been tuned specifically for Lamborghini’s needs.
Production of the Lamborghini Urus is slated to begin in the second half of 2017. When it arrives, it will rival the Bentley Bentayga as the world’s fastest crossover-SUV. Which one would you get?
The Lamborghini Urus Super SUV Has Arrived, And It’s Insane
Lamborghini’s super SUV, the Urus, is finally here, and it’s a true Raging Bull with performance and driving dynamics matching that of Lamborghini’s regular supercars.
Previewed by the Urus concept years back, the production Urus looks like, well, an Aventador on stilts and turned out better than we expected, delivering aggressive and sporty proportions for an SUV.
The interior design is also a balance of sportiness and luxury and is available with a plethora of premiums features such as a choice of 12- or 18-way adjustable front seats with ventilation and massage.
Sharing platforms with the Bentley Bentayga and Porsche Cayenne, the Urus is powered by a front-mounted, 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 — Lamborghini’s first-ever turbo engine — that cranks 650 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 630 pound-feet of torque at just 2,250 rpm.
That power is divided between all four wheels by a torque-vectoring drivetrain with a 40/60 rear bias that can be dynamically shifted 70-percent to the front or 87-percent rear.
As expected, the Urus is very fast for an SUV, accelerating from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.6 seconds, a tenth of a second quicker than Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo, before reaching a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h). It’s the fastest prediction SUV ever made.
The chassis as designed with driving dynamics and passenger comfort in mind, promising an enjoyable ride for every occupant. Adaptive air suspension allows the driver to raise the ride height, while rear-wheel steering helps deliver more precise handling.
Stopping power is provided by carbon-ceramic brakes that bring the performance ‘ute to a stop from 62 mph in less than 111 feet.
Deliveries begin in spring 2018, with pricing in the United States stating at $200,000.
As an SUV, the Lamborghini Urus is considered an abomination by those who think Lamborghini should only make traditional supercars. However, it’s actually not Lamborghini’s first-ever SUV. That title goes to the LM002 of late 1980s, and that Lambo was and truly remains an aberration!
So, what do you think about the Lamborghini Urus? Is it what you expected?
Guess Who Got A Lamborghini Huracan? The Pope!
As the “holiest of holy men”, Pope Francis has been living big and is often the recipient of some rather lavish gifts. Lamborghini for one gave him a brand-new, custom-designed Huracán LP 580-2 supercar!
Finished in Monocerus White with Tiberio Yellow accents all around — the official colors of the Vatican — the rear-wheel drive, 580-horsepower Huracán was handed over to the Pope in a special ceremony held in Vatican City.
Someone of such stature doesn’t much use for an Italian supercar, not to mention Vatican City is far too small and crowded for crazy speeds and drifting. He appears very content with his 1984 Renault 4 anyways.
Instead, Pope Francis sent his Lamborghini Huracan to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to three sperate charities.
A base price of approximately $200,000 makes the Huracán 580-2 the most affordable Lamborghini. However, the fact that this example has been signed and blessed by the Pope has undoubtedly shot its value through the roof.
Still, just imagine driving on the Nurburgring and seeing Pope Francis speed by you in a Lamborghini…
Lamborghini Goes Full-Electric With Terzo Millennio Concept
The Lamborghini of today, with V12-powered supercars, is anything but eco-friendly, but that could change in the future. The company has unveiled the Terzo Millennio, its first full-electric concept car ever.
A collaborative effort between Lamborghini and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Terzo Millennio — means third millennium” in Italian — is so high-tech that it will be years before some of its technology actually shows up in a production model. It doesn’t use the typical battery pack that we see in today’s electric car, instead sourcing energy from supercapacitors and energy storage integrated into the carbon fiber body panels.
The supercapacitators provide rapid recharging capability and send electricity to four electric motors, one in each wheel for an all-wheel drive configuration. The layout frees designers from worrying about drawing a body that fits around a massive, mid-mounted 12-cylinder engine or a big, bulky battery pack, and that’s why the Terzo Millennio looks more futuristic than any Lamborghini to date, concept or otherwise.
The car’s entire body is made with smart composite materials that can hold electricity and detect small cracks, healing itself before those cracks become bigger cracks that comprise its structural rigidity. The chassis is manufactured using Lamborghini’s patented Forged Composites technology.
A virtual co-pilot shows the driver the fastest line around a track is the closest thing the Terzo Millennio offers in the way of autonomous technology.
Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali stated:
“We are inspired by embracing what is impossible today to craft the realities of tomorrow: Lamborghini must always create the dreams of the next generation.”
Domenicali comments suggests that we won’t be seeing the Terzo Millennio anytime soon. However, it could inspire the design of the Aventador’s successor, which is expected to arrive before 2020.
Do you like what you see?