Say hello to the world’s fastest SUV

If you think that this is Lamborghini’s first-ever SUV, its time you go back to supercar school. A+ to you though if you remember the brand’s high-riding LM001 beast that was first unveiled in 1981 and could intimidate a military tank. In the Nineties though, Lamborghini abandoned the idea of manufacturing SUVs and instead decided to focus on supercars. Now though, it’s had a change of heart once again.

It has just unveiled its brand-new Urus SUV. And it’s about time. With Jaguar, Porsche and even Volkswagen Group-sibling Bentley fielding SUVs, Lamborghini is playing catch up, but is still ahead of Ferrari who is only now warming up to the idea of building their own SUV.

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The Urus concept was first showcased nearly six years ago. Since then, Lamborghini has had to double the size of their production facility at Sant’Agata Bolognese. While it’s had to radically rethink the design, the Urus is still in recognizably Lambo territory.  From the arrowhead bonnet and tapering roofline to the small rear windscreen, it blurs the lines between supercar and SUV.

Performance is at the heart of what Lambo does best, and that’s exactly what it has focused on perfecting to an art form within its R&D department. The result is a 4-litre twin-turbo V8 that generates a combination of 641hp of power and 850Nm of torque which can take this car from 0-100kph in 3.6 seconds and all the way up to a top speed of 305kph, making it the world’s fastest SUV (it snatches the title away from Bentayga’s whose top speed is 301kph).

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With carbon-ceramic brakes – 440mm in front an 370mm at the back, currently the largest fitted into any production car –  we aren’t worried about misadventures with anyone who decides to get a little too enthusiastic with the throttle. The Urus almost makes you forget that we’re talking about a full-sized SUV here and not a slick tarmac-hugging supercar.

Lamborghini urus suv

Lamborghini’s worked hard at refining the Urus’ off-roading credentials including tweaking the differential system and developing an anti-roll system that works in unison with the air suspension to ensure a more comfortable ride than you’d ever have in a spine-realigning supercar. In the Urus, apart from standard drive modes, there are three more geared specifically to take on the rough stuff: Terra for regular off-road driving, Sabbia if you want to go sand surfing and Neve when it’s time to plough through the snow in this four-wheel drive car.

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Inside, the Alcantara leather seats have the familiar hexagon pattern and the twin infotainment screen is similar to that which you will find in the new Audi A8 (another marque from the VW Group). The driver and his co-passenger in front get heated seats as well.

Customer deliveries of the Urus priced at $221,000 begin next year. Lamborghini sold nearly 3,500 cars in 2016 and it projects that this SUV will help it to double its annual sales figures by 2019. Without a shred of doubt, Lamborghini has bet on the right raging bull.