SPIED: Lamborghini Urus caught testing at Nurburgring

The third SUV to be built on the MLB Evo platform will be the Lamborghini Urus, following the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga. The Urus will be considerably different than the Italian brand’s first attempt at an SUV, which was the insane LM002. Where that car was a V12-powered, manual Frankenstein of a car, this new Urus will be far better built and be a much more usable vehicle. Though, we fear that Lamborghini might be going to far the other way. So where the LM002 was a hilarious monster that was almost impossible to drive, the new Urus might actually be a bit too tame. In this video of the Lamborghini Urus testing on the Nurburgring, we can barely even hear an exhaust note.

If you’ve ever heard any other Lamborghini, the violent shriek from the exhaust can be heard from what seems like miles away. Not so with this Urus, though, as it’s almost completely silent on the famed German track. It’s not going slow, either. We can see it taking corners pretty quickly and seems to be moving at a helluva pace. It even seems to handle really well, taking corners with very little body roll and sharp turn-in. No noise, though.

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Lamborghini Urus render

But it does look good from what we can see. With an aggressive coupe-like roofline and massive front air intakes, the Urus looks properly sporty. It’s a big departure from the boxy styling of the Audi Q7, upon which it’s based. So with its crazy looks and dynamic handling, you’d expect it to sound equally as exciting. This test mule certainly doesn’t, which is a bit disconcerting.

From what we’ve heard, the Urus will use a twin-turbocharged V8 of its own, rather than a unit borrowed from Audi or Porsche. It’s supposedly set to make around 650 hp, which is more than even the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. So it should be very fast and very loud. If that’s the case, this car might have its exhaust noises muffled for testing purposes. We certainly hope so and hope that it sounds like a proper Lambo when it’s finished.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.