Code Bytes: The Urus was a name that had already swirled around the air surrounding super sports car fans. And Lamborghini’s imminent entry into the sports utility segment was known. Yet, when Lambo pulled the wraps off the Urus super sports utility vehicle (SSUV), as the Italian supercar-maker would like to call it, there was a collective gasp of surprise that rose from the brand’s fan base.
The Urus is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo platform that’s also the basis for the Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7. This SUV is 5,112mm long, 2,016mm wide and 1,638mm high, with a wheelbase of 3,003mm. Lamborghini says the model has a kerb weight of less than 2,200kg, with the chassis using aluminium and steel to maximise stiffness.
The Urus’ dramatic exterior follows the same two-thirds body, one-third window ratio you see on Lamborghini’s range of supercars. The peaked bonnet is styled on those seen on the Miura and Aventador, while the diagonal hood lines, first used on the Countach, also feature. The styling, Lamborghini says, has been honed to maximise the car’s aerodynamic potential, with a front splitter and air intakes to channel air to the underbody. Wheel options extend from 21- to 23-inch rims, and Pirelli has developed a range of tyres exclusively for the model.
Lamborghini has been accepting orders from Indian buyers over the past few months, and the entire allotment for India for 2018 has already been spoken for. The Urus will be officially launched in India on January 11, 2018; just a little over a month after its global unveiling. While pricing wasn’t out at the time of going to press, we can confirm that the Urus will carry a base price (sans options, that is) of under Rs 3 crore.
The Urus will make its India debut just over a month after its international unveil. That is remarkable and reaffirms the fact that Indian luxury car buyers love SUVs. The Urus’ design shares a number of features with models of the past, including inspirations that have been drawn from iconic models like the Miura, Countach, the Aventador and the LMoo2. There may be a few purists who may not be entirely happy with the Urus’s design, but the four-litre V8 twin turbo petrol engine and the vehicle’s dynamics may more than convince them about its Lambo DNA. Top speed is 305 kmph and it can do 0-100 kmph in 3.6 seconds, making it the fastest SUV today.