Lamborghini’s first attempt at an SUV, the LM002, was designed to be a sort of utilitarian military vehicle. It was massive, boxy, V12-powered and, frankly, ridiculous. It’s been about 30 years since the famous Italian brand has tried another SUV. As we already know, though, Lamborghini is in the works on a second, the Lamborghini Urus, and it’s just been caught testing while wearing some heavy camo. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be see at Auto Express)
The Urus will be based on the same UKL Evo architecture that underpins the Audi Q7. While Audi and Lamborghini have been linked for some time, now, the two have never had a collaboration this close before. For fans of Lamborghini, this might seem like bad news, as this incredibly expensive Italian SUV will be based largely on a soccer mom’s diesel family hauler. However, the UKL platform also underpins the Bentley Bentayga and that is an incredibly fine machine. So worry not.
We don’t know exactly what sort of engine will be under the hood of the Lamborghini Urus, though we’ve heard it will be some sort of twin-turbocharged V8. This is an odd move for Lamborghini, as the brand is famously against turbochargers. Though, to keep torque up and emissions down, turbocharging will be necessary. There are rumors about it having a 600 hp variant o Audi’s 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8, but we aren’t certain and there’s no official info.
From the spy photos, we can certainly tell that it’s a Lamborghini. The massively aggressive front air intakes, exotic looking hood and the quad poo-shoots at the back. What’s striking about it is its size. It’s quite small, the Urus. Just look at the driver inside for comparison. It doesn’t look any bigger than the Audi Q5, never mind Q7. Though, the Q5 is also built on the UKL platform.
I have to say, though, I personally like the shape. I know it’s blasphemy to say that a Lamborghini SUV looks good but I think it looks kind of cool. Lamborghinis are supposed to be crazy, with wild angles and exotic shapes. This looks like that to me. I like how low and aggressive the roofline is, how the rear haunches stick out like it’s about to pounce and how low to the ground it is. You just know that Lamborghini had no concern with off-roading or even soft-roading while developing the Urus. This is a performance-focused SUV, like an Audi SQ7 or BMW X5 M.
We’re very excited to see just how good the Lamborghini Urus is and are impatiently waiting its release. We’ll see soon enough but the spy photos are just a tease.