A Lamborghini owner wanting to visit his favourite golf course with a full set of clubs has always been out of luck. The Italian supercar brand is known for extremes and that includes its two extant models, the Aventador and Huracan.
They both offer screaming high-performance but have seats for just two and enough boot space to carry a pair of golf shoes and little else. But the Lamborghini Urus changes that in a big way.
With the first batch of Singapore customers receiving their Urus in early 2018, it’s a modern sport utility vehicle (SUV) from Lamborghini. That means the Italian brand’s usual blend of over-the-top aesthetics and power, but paired with all the attractions that have made SUVs so popular.
Unsurprisingly, it’s the tallest Lamborghini model now, and also the most practical. Customers have the option of five seats (with three-seat bench in the rear) or a more luxurious four-seats, with more optional add-ons such as rear-seat entertainment.
It also has an enormous boot with 616-litres of space – that’s larger than a Mercedes-Benz E-Class which has 540-litres – so a golf bag for each occupant isn’t wishful thinking.
“It is 100 per cent Lamborghini DNA, the first super SUV involving not just the driver but also family, children and partners,” says Katia Bassi, Lamborghini’s Chief Marketing Officer.
While ‘tall, practical and useful’ seems antithetical to Lamborghini’s usual stance, the Urus is an extreme example of the SUV breed – With a 305km/h top speed, it’s just about the fastest SUV in the world.
The 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine has 650hp, which is enough to propel the big bull from 0-100km/h in a supercar-equalling 3.5 seconds.
While not everyone will agree to the design – a riot of angles and hard edges that is so fashionable these days – under the skin the Urus packs every technological trick available to make it go faster around corners. This includes all-wheel steering with torque vectoring, adaptive air suspension, a hydraulic anti-roll bar system.
Other technological advancements for the driver includes the Tamburo, which is Lamborghini’s name for its selectable drive mode system and includes settings for driving on road, track, dirt, and even sand and snow.
The number of SUV owners who actually do go off-road is minimal, but such features are all part and parcel of the segment whose sales have been skyrocketing globally.
The Urus enters a particularly tough-fought segment, the super-luxury SUV, and while the Urus is not Lamborghini’s first SUV (the LM002 from 1986 is), the Urus has already taken off in Singapore with at least 40 customers putting down cash for the super SUV prior to its launch.