If you haven’t already heard (yes, the bird is the word), the Nurburgring Nordschleife is the most difficult race track in the world. Because of this, car makers are constantly taking their performance cars to the Nurburgring to see how fast their cars can get around it. Lamborghini is famous for taking its cars to the ‘Ring and attempting the fastest lap times possible. In fact, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante just broke the all-time production car lap record, making it the fastest real production car ever around the ‘Ring. But, the Italian brand won’t be following that up with the upcoming Lamborghini Urus.
The Urus is Lamborghini’s second attempt at the SUV, which will likely be a lot better than the incredibly odd LM002. However, while the LM002 was a military-grade off-roader with a Diablo V12 shoe-horned under the hood, the Urus will be luxurious and have better on-road performance. Though, its on-road performance won’t be tested at the Nurburgring.
Andrea Baldi, Lamborghini’s Asia Pacific Chief, recently spoke with Australian magazine Motoring about the Urus and its lack of Nurburgring testing. “The Urus will have a target that will also be contemplating some off-road. If you go to the Nurburgring, you go to be the best. The Urus is a different concept, so it’s not really going to be the place to set a record”.
The Lamborghini Urus will target the current Bentley Bentayga and upcoming Rolls Royce Cullinan. So luxury will be equally as important as on-road performance. And because luxury is paramount, making it a hardcore performance SUV, in the mold of a BMW X5 M or Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, is a bit productive.
Expect the Lamborghini Urus to start production some time next year.