On first introduction, it’s a recipe for intimidation. It’s claimed to be the quickest SUV on this planet (Zero-100kph in three.6sec and a high pace of 305kph places it almost in supercar territory), and it’s made by Lamborghini – creator of a few of the most savage automobiles in the marketplace. Issues – as with every Lamborghini, for that matter – could be so much much less daunting if we had been driving on a clean European nation street, a large motorway, or perhaps a race monitor. However at present we’re driving the Urus on a slender ghat street, in addition to by some heavy Pune visitors. Maybe the intention was to exhibit that that is the primary Lamborghini ever to go on sale in India that really works in our circumstances – however nonetheless, I doubt they accounted for rush hour.
It’s requisitely mad to have a look at, using as many ‘sporty’ design tropes to an SUV physique model as potential – the one factor lacking is an enormous wing on the again; and in some way, it really works. It’s acquired an immensely raked roofline, extra angles and cuts within the bodywork than you possibly can rely, and slit-thin head and hind lights. The angles proceed within the form of the wheel arches and the air dams up entrance, and there are Y-shaped motifs in all places – within the LED operating lamps, the tail-lamps, the doorways; even the spokes of the wheels! Ah, the wheels. Did you ever assume you’d see the day when 22-inch wheels had been the ‘medium’ dimension? The tyres on these wheels even have an excellent quantity of sidewall on them for bump absorption, and when you can presently spec a 23-inch wheel, somebody from Lamborghini informed us they’re engaged on a set of 24-inchers!
The Urus additionally comes with air suspension that alters the automotive’s journey top from 158mm at its sportiest, all the best way to 248mm in its off-road modes. The stance modifications accordingly too, from ‘very giant scorching hatchback’ to ‘Bond villain desert assault automobile’. All issues thought-about, it actually does an excellent job of delivering the shock and awe you anticipate from a Lamborghini – or, for that matter, a Rs three crore SUV.
What’s it like inside?
If the inside of a Huracán or Aventador is supposed to simulate the cockpit of a fighter jet, then this one is extra akin to the bridge of a battleship. It’s acquired comparable aviation-aping paraphernalia, however it’s unfold over the expanse of a full-size SUV dashboard. All of it seems deeply spectacular, with a large central console housing plenty of toggle switches and levers, and the dual-touchscreen infotainment and HVAC management unit from the Audi A8.
In operate, nevertheless, a few of it’s a bit counter-intuitive. The ‘Tamburo’ lever for the ‘Anima’ or drive mode selector may appear to be the thrust lever on a powerboat, however it solely works in a single course, so if you wish to return to ‘Strada’ mode from ‘Sport’ it’s a must to cycle by the remaining 4 modes till you arrive on the high once more. The gear selector is a mix of lever-pulls and button-pushes to get by reverse, impartial, handbook and park – however you received’t discover drive wherever on there. That’s as a result of, in correct supercar model, you have interaction drive by pulling the best gearshift paddle. However in contrast to a supercar, these paddles are hooked up to the wheel, not the column, so that they transfer, and in a three-point flip, you’ll end up fumbling round looking for the best one. Maybe rather less kind and a bit extra operate would’ve labored higher. That is my first expertise with the Audi-derived dual-touchscreen system, and I’m actually not a fan. Contact-screens basically require you to take your eyes off the street, and this method has eliminated all bodily buttons and knobs. The haptic suggestions is supposed to reward your enter with a digital ‘click on’ however in apply, it’s a must to prod the display screen more durable or it doesn’t work, which is extremely irritating on the transfer.
What’s it like as an SUV? From the motive force’s seat – actually good. You get the commanding view that you simply’d anticipate and the seats provide a wide selection of adjustment. The digital instrument cluster or ‘Digital Cockpit’ could also be borrowed from a Q7, however you possibly can barely inform, because it’s draped in Lamborghini’s personal interface, together with – in Corsa mode – the race-car look from the Aventador SV. The view backward shouldn’t be so nice, however with a roof like that, you should have anticipated that. The roof additionally takes its toll on rear headroom. Lamborghini says somebody who’s 6ft3in can match within the again, however I’d think about solely nearly. Legroom, nevertheless, is slightly good, as is the boot, at 616 litres. There’s even a compressed space-saver spare tyre.
What’s it wish to drive?
An SUV with a Lamborghini badge has so much on its shoulders as a result of it’s saddled with each, the expectation to carry out (and thrill) like a Lambo ought to, but additionally to be wise and sensible like Lambos often aren’t. Fortunately, the Urus treads that line slightly nicely. For one, it’s acquired the suitable numbers – 650hp and 850Nm of torque from the VW Group’s ubiquitous four.Zero-litre, twin-turbo V8; the best output we’ve seen from this motor, but. That’ll shoot it to Zero-100kph in three.6sec – simply Zero.4sec shy of the AWD Huracán – 200kph in 12.8sec and on to a high pace of 305kph!
Nonetheless, in Strada (avenue) mode, it feels like all large luxurious SUV to drive, with a manageable throttle, good refinement, mild responses and clean shifts from the Eight-speed ZF torque converter computerized (that’s proper, the three Lamborghinis presently on sale use three totally different sorts of gearboxes). It even rides surprisingly nicely, with solely a little bit of lumpiness from the broad tyres as you go over bumps; the air suspension and the tyres absorbing a lot of the tough stuff. Air suspension – excellent for an SUV, however contentious for a sportscar, proper? – is set-up so much firmer than most luxurious SUVs (drive an AMG E 63 versus an everyday E 350d for the same distinction) however presents an appropriate quantity of consolation in ‘Strada’.
The Urus can also be an instance of driving modes executed proper, with every feeling actually distinct from the opposite. Although Strada is finest for real-world use, my private favorite mode is Sport, as a result of right here, you possibly can actually get some tempo out of the powertrain whereas nonetheless maintaining issues manageable. The engine be aware is so much rortier (an analogous sound to what you get from this similar V8 in, say, an Audi RS7) on this mode, the steering is heavier, and the facility much more accessible. This feels excellent for flinging this monstrous SUV (5m lengthy and 2m broad) round a winding street just like the one we’re on at present. It additionally weighs 2.1 tonnes (not too unhealthy for a full-size SUV with a V8, truly) however in some way it simply carves up corners with no drama. How?
It’s a mix of lively anti-roll bars (primarily based on a 48v electrical system), lively torque vectoring and, better of all, rear-wheel steering. These come collectively to trick your mind into pondering you’re in a scorching hatchback; you actually need to preserve telling your self “it’s an SUV, it’s an SUV”, or you’ll neglect. Flip-in is unbelievably fast and you’ll not be ready, first time round, for the aggression with which the nostril dips right into a nook, or the agility with which the remainder of the automotive follows. The huge carbon-ceramic brakes additionally haul it down from pace actually shortly, and impressively, really feel fairly fluid and progressive in on a regular basis use too.
The toughest mode is ‘Corsa’ or ‘monitor’. This one companies issues up much more, the steering turns into heavier nonetheless and the engine responses are even sharper. However what lingers most in your reminiscence is the ferocity of the gearshifts (it’s a correct whack to the again of your head) and the sound, which is now in an altogether totally different dimension of brutal. This seems like a Lamborghini – way more aggressive than any SUV I’ve ever pushed earlier than. A bit too aggressive for at present, frankly, and one thing that appears higher suited to a race monitor, because the title of the drive mode suggests. I select to dial it again all the way down to Sport.
Ought to I purchase one?
Lamborghini’s offered out its first yr’s Urus allocation for India, however the true attention-grabbing stat is that 68 % of orders got here from individuals new to the model. At Rs three.10 crore (ex-showroom), it’s priced method above all different luxurious SUVs, save for the Bentley Bentayga and a completely specced-up Vary Rover. What that tells us is that there are various who desire a Lamborghini (cash isn’t a difficulty, clearly) however don’t wish to stay with the constraints of a supercar on Indian roads. And because the Urus relies on the MLB Evo platform – similar because the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga and upcoming Porsche Cayenne – a variety of the prices have already been absorbed, so the margins on every one offered are seemingly miles greater than on the Huracán or Aventador. So hate on the idea of such a automotive all you need, SUVs from sportscar makers are right here to remain.
However there’s little to dislike in regards to the Urus. Certain, it’s not stunning in the best way, say, a Jaguar F-Tempo is, however it makes up for that with in-your-face aggression. It’s most likely not very gasoline environment friendly both, however then you definitely most likely wish to take a look at a Q7 diesel as a substitute. And different SUVs most likely have extra room within the again seat, however it’s excellent by trendy Lamborghini requirements. Jokes apart, the Urus is bafflingly fast. I’ve pushed quick SUVs earlier than, however that is on one other degree – not simply of pace, however of agility and dealing with as nicely. They’ve thrown the whole lot at it to make it drive like a two-tonne SUV mustn’t, and it’s labored.
The query of the hour is – is the Urus an SUV and but additionally a Lamborghini? Whereas it will not be the right instance of both – it’s 90 % of each, which makes it higher than the sum of its components.