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Posted: Dec 6 2017, 04:56 PM
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Lamborghini joins the big boys with long-awaited SUV
Wednesday, 6 December 2017 12:40PM
Lamborghini yesterday took a leaf from the success story of cousin Porsche by launching its long-awaited SUV that combines all the urge of its exotic coupes with a five-seat cabin.
The Urus — a name derived from ancestors of modern cattle known as aurochs and in keeping with the company’s penchant for naming its cars after bulls — is the first turbocharged Lamborghini and one of its first four-door models.
Lamborghini launched the SUV under the banner of the world’s first “super sport utility vehicle” with an expected production date of late next year and a price for Australians of $390,000, but for New Zealanders almost $100,000 cheaper at $291,588 plus on-road costs — the impact of our luxury car tax.
The Urus follows the Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga — all products of the Volkswagen Group — by sharing a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 petrol engine, eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive. The devil is in the detail.
The new SUV.
There are also common parts in the Urus construction with its cousins, starting with the platform, suspension design, all-wheel steering system and brakes.
Inside it also carries over all the latest ventilation and infotainment systems.
The upholstery and trim is the very best available from the Italian manufacturer — and has enormous scope for personalisation — while even the wheels are bespoke and available from 21-inch to 23-inch formats.
Options include rear-seat heating, a TV, surround-sound Bang and Olufsen 1700-watt audio with 21 speakers, and the 23-inch wheels.
Safety equipment will depend on the market but it is likely to have front collision mitigation, auto high beam, front and rear park sensors and a reverse camera.
Much of the design remains the same as when the Urus first took to the stage at the 2012 Beijing motor show as a concept vehicle.
Subsequently, the SUV has gone from a four-seater to a five-seater, though Lamborghini will offer a version with four seats.
It is also more practical, with a spacious boot area of 616 litres that expands to 1596 litres with the rear seats folded.
By comparison, the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso has 450-800 litres.
The Urus’ interior.
But its selling point may be more than its size of accommodation.
The Urus, weighing in a portly 2.2-tonne despite liberal use of aluminium, accelerates to 100km/h from rest in a mere 3.6 seconds and will keep going to a claimed 305km/h, which will make it knock cousin Bentayga off the world’s fastest SUV mantle.
The V8 engine pumps 478kW at 6000rpm and has 850Nm of torque available from 2250rpm through to 4500rpm. Lamborghini claims a fuel average of 12.7L/100km.
It has a “tamburo” controller that offers the driver up to six driving modes of Strada (street), Neve (snow) — which reduce understeer — through to the on-road driving selections of Sport and Corsa (race), the latter allowing some increased oversteer for “fun”, Lamborghini said.
There are two optional modes of Terra (off road) and for excursions to Lancelin, Sabbia (sand). Selecting these two or Neve will automatically raise the ground clearance and modify the power delivery.
Its all-wheel-drive system has active torque vectoring to constantly monitor traction losses and make adjustments while the all-wheel steering, also used on the manufacturer’s flagship Aventador coupe, is designed to maximise grip through corners and snip a few centimetres off the normal turning circle.
To succeed in an off-road environment for the owner who dares, the Urus has a similar electronic adjustable air suspension layout as the Q7 and Bentayga, offering the choice of ground clearances from 158mm to a leggy 248mm.
For the road, to meet its power output, it comes standard with carbon-ceramic brakes.
In the flesh, the Urus is a substantial car. It is 5.1m long, the same as a Holden Caprice, and sits on a huge 3m wheelbase.
It is more than 2m wide and is 1.64m high, so despite the sleek appearance of the images, it is almost as high as a Mazda CX-5 SUV.
It follows the design theme of its sports cars with two-thirds body, one-third window ratio in the profile.
The four doors are frameless.
As an acknowledgement of its first SUV, the LM002 of 1986-1993, the Urus shares a Y-shaped dash console and a similar shape for the front air intakes, detailed with the Italian flag colours.
I can think of better ways to spend $390,000 !!!
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Posted: Dec 6 2017, 07:08 PM
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Joined: 20-July 11
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Sounds like something the ex mayor of Auburn NSW would buy on easy payments over 10- 20 years without parol. .
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