VIDEO: The Smoking Tire drives the Lamborghini Urus on track

Earlier today, we talked a bit about the Lamborghini Urus and how the upcoming Audi RS Q8 might be quite similar to it, in terms of powertrain, power and performance. Coincidentally, The Smoking Tire released a video today, showing Matt Farah in an Urus on track at Thermal Club.

The Lamborghini Urus is an interesting car. It’s the second SUV Lamborghini has ever made but it’s vastly different from the first one. The first one was nicknamed the “Rambo Lambo”, as it was a massive off-road-ready truck similar to a Humvee but it also had a naturally-aspirated V12 and was probably the least practical vehicle very made. It was flawed in almost every single way but it looked awesome and was hilarious.

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This new Urus is rather different. Because it’s based off of Audi’s MLB architecture, the same variation of it that underpins the Audi Q8, that means it gets an Audi powertrain, Audi electronics and Audi tech. Because of that, it works very well, is logically laid out and is incredibly practical. It’s almost flawless. Except it’s ugly as all hell. Seriously, Farah isn’t kidding when he says it looks like a Pontiac Aztek.

However, it’s brutally, violently and amazingly fast. Its Audi-derived 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 makes 650 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. So it can get from 0-60 mph in the low three-second range, making it one of the fastest SUVs ever produced. It also has the largest brakes on a production car in history, with 17-inch rotors and 10-piston calipers (10. Piston. Calipers…) up front. So, needless to say, it’s insane.

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It’s also pretty impressive on track. In this video, we see Farah doing some lead/follow behind one of Lamborghini’s factory drivers and what it seems to be able to do is really surprising. Lambo’s own driver is even able to get one wheel off the ground, like it’s a tiny hot-hatchback except that it’s a nearly-5,000 lb SUV with all-wheel drive.

If we can expect 70-percent of that performance from the Audi RS Q8, just with better, albeit only slightly better, looks and a lower price tag, we’ll be very happy indeed.

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.