Lamborghini Urus: A new breed of raging bull

Lamborghini Urus
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Lamborghini, a tractor manufacturer that virtually invented the supercar segment over a few transformative years in the 1960s, released its seductively swooping mid-engine Miura in 1966 and followed it with the low, wide, and jutting Countach in 1974 with its supercar defining style.اضافة اعلان

If the name of the Italian manufacturer is synonymous with supercars, the 2018 introduction of the Lamborghini Urus SUV is no departure from form, but rather a retreading of ground that the V12-powered LM002 SUV tore through with magnificently militaristic and unapologetically aggressive flair back in 1986.

Unlike the wild and brutal off-road oriented “Rambo Lambo” LM002 exotic, the Urus is a modern SUV built on a shared Volkswagen-group uni-body platform for practicality, prestige, and supercar-like performance and handling. The angularly aggressive Urus faithfully re-interprets Lamborghini supercar aesthetics and motifs for SUV duty. A high waistline and low coupe-like silhouette disguise its visual heft, lending an athletic presence enhanced by slim headlights, sculpted surfacing, and Countach-derived hexagonal wheel-arches.

The Urus departs from Lamborghini’s naturally-aspirated mid-engine supercars in its smaller displacement twin-turbocharged four-liter V8, shared in lesser states of tune with Bentley and Audi models. Mounted behind its jutting supercar snout and fed through enormous intakes flanking its slim grille, the engine powers all four wheels through a slick eight-speed automatic gearbox, and produces 650HP at 6,000rpm and 850Nm torque over a versatile 2,250–4,500rpm band. Sensationally swift, the Urus nevertheless returns relatively moderate 12.3l/100km combined-fuel economy.

Confident and quick
Responsive from standstill with near negligible turbo lag, the Urus tenaciously digs its tires into the tarmac to bolt through 0–100km/h in 3.6-seconds, 0–200km/h in 12.8-seconds, and on to a maximum 305km/h.

More impressive, however, are the Urus’ driving characteristics. Edgier, more responsive, and higher-revving than most turbocharged SUVs, if not quite as razor-sharp as Lamborghini’s high-strung naturally aspirated V10 and V12 supercars, the Urus pulls confidently from the low end. It is underwritten by a muscular, mid-range torque plateau as revs rise urgently and unleashes power with ferocious linearity.

Smooth and civil in its default Strada driving mode, the Urus’ driving characteristics and responses take a sharper turn when Sport or Corsa modes are activated for stiffer damping, enhanced throttle control, and swifter, more succinct gear shifts.

Driving with a 60 percent rear bias under normal conditions, the Urus’ center Torsen differential can divert up to 85 percent of power rearwards or 70 percent frontwards for reassuring road-holding when conditions demand. Meanwhile, the torque-vectoring rear differential distributes power along the rear axle for enhanced agility.

The brutally responsive and tautly poised Urus dispatches steep, snaking hill climbs as if riding on fixed rails. Direct and eager into corners, it features quick 2.29-turn steering and can generate huge grip levels to confidently carry speed before rocketing out of corners.

Especially impressive is the Urus’ four-wheel-steering, which turns the rear wheels in the same direction as the front to simulate a 600mm-longer wheelbase for added stability. Conversely, its wheelbase is effectively shortened by 600mm at lower speeds by turning the rear wheels opposite to the front for dramatically enhanced agility.

Comfort and control
Smooth, stable, and committed at speed, the Urus is a refined, comfortable and natural continent-crunching express, despite its enormous alloy wheels. It is a supercar by SUV measures that seems noticeably more forgiving when driven back-to-back with Lamborghini’s traditional supercar models.

That said, it superbly fulfills the otherwise-contradictory demands of its dual roles with adaptive air dampers, adjustable ride height, and thoroughly effective active electromechanical anti-roll bars. Tautening to confidently suppress cornering body roll, the Urus becomes a focused hill-climb hero in Corsa mode.

Belying its 2.2-tonne mass, the Urus dispatches successive corners and snaking hairpins with nimble poise and control. When it comes to vertical movement, the Urus fluently processes road imperfections in a settled and buttoned-down fashion, albeit slightly firm in ride quality.

The Urus signature Lamborghini cabin may be higher positioned, but nevertheless provides a hunkered-down ambiance and features a supportive and well-adjustable driving position. Extensive carbon-fiber trim and Alcantara upholstering is typical Lamborghini fare, as are the trigger-safety covered starter button, the push-button gear selectors, and the steering-mounted paddle shifters.

The Urus is well-equipped with safety, driver-assistance, infotainment, and convenience features with a vast array of controls and buttons. Maneuvering is made easier by a reverse camera and sensors, especially given the Urus’ high waistline and low roofline.

Lamborghini’s most practical vehicle, the Urus features an electric tailgate giving way to a generous 616-liter luggage compartment. Palatially spacious compared to supercars, the Urus well-accommodates large occupants in front, while and rear seat space and access are good for most passengers but not as generous as more traditional SUVs with higher rooflines.

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