IT COULD be argued Lamborghini invented the modern performance SUV with the hulking LM002 (see p86) and 30 years on it has wrestled back the title of world’s fastest and most extreme off-roader.
Taking just 3.6sec to storm from 0-100km/h, the Urus matches the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk before barrelling on to a top speed of 305km/h, besting the Bentley Bentayga by 4km/h.
Propelling its 2200kg mass to such absurd velocities is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 478kW at 6000rpm and 850Nm from 2250- 4500rpm. An eight-speed automatic is the only gearbox option, feeding the immense power to all four wheels through an integrated front differential, Torsen centre diff and active torque-vectoring rear LSD.
Torque split is 40:60 front-to-rear under normal driving circumstances, however, the bias can alter between 70:30 and 13:87 depending on dynamic demands.
Adaptive air suspension, electronically adjustable anti-roll bars and all-wheel steering work hard to fight physics and the brakes are the biggest fitted to a production car, consisting of 440mm carbon-ceramic rotors and 10-piston calipers up front and 370mm rotors and six-piston calipers at the rear. Wheel options range from 21 to 23 inches wearing rubber between 285/45 and 285/35 front and 315/40 and 325/30 rear.
Six driving modes feature: the familiar STRADA, SPORT and CORSA joined by NEVE (snow) as well as TERRA (off-road) and SABBIA (sand) in vehicles fitted with the optional off-road package. Alternatively, the driver’s favourite combination of settings can be saved to the EGO mode, accessed via the ANIMA switch on the centre console.
Australian pricing is $390,000 before taxes, on-road costs and, importantly, options. Applying GST and LCT brings the ask to around $525,000. While the Urus wears an SUV shape, its price and performance means its main opposition is likely to be the Porsche Panamera Turbo S Sport Turismo and Ferrari GTC4 Lusso as much as SUV rivals like the Bentley Bentayga and Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
Owners will have to check their garage space, though, as the Urus is wider and very nearly as long as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. You can read our prototype drive on page 80.
5.2-litre V12, 313kW/500Nm, 2692kg, 0-100km/h 8.5sec, 201km/h
5.4-litre V8, 255kW/510Nm, 2300kg, 0-100km/h 6.8sec, 235km/h
4.5-litre V8 TT, 331kW/620Nm, 2355kg, 0-100km/h 5.2sec, 254km/h
4.4-litre V8 TT, 408kW/680Nm, 2380kg, 0-100km/h 4.7sec, 250km/h
6.0-litre W12 TT, 447kW/900Nm, 2440kg, 0-100km/h 4.1sec, 301km/h