Lambo unleashes Urus in NZ

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Words: Nile Bijoux
6 Apr 2018

Lamborghini has launched its super-SUV in New Zealand, the first Urus having landed here and on show now in the distributor’s new Auckland facilities on Great North Road.

By now you will be reasonably well versed with the high-rise Lambo. It may be the Italian’s second attempt at an SUV after the ill-fated LM002 but it still represents a number of firsts. The Urus is the world’s first ‘super sports utility vehicle’, and is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 complete with two turbochargers.

It’s Lambo’s first turbocharged engine too, and was engineered to develop high torque at low revs (850Nm between 2250 and 4500rpm). It’s still plenty powerful, though, with maximum power of 478kW developed at 6000rpm. This gives the Urus a supposed 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.6 seconds, 0-200km/h happens in a claimed 12.8 seconds en route to a top speed of 305km/h.

The brakes are whoppers for a production vehicles, measuring 440x40mm at the front and 370x30mm at the rear. They’re carbon-ceramic as standard, with huge ten-piston callipers, evidently slowing the monster from 100km/h to a dead stop in 33.7 metres.

Taking DNA from the other Lamborghini supercars (explaining the ‘super’ in super SUV), the Urus offers the same four-wheel steering system as fitted to the Aventador S. The rear steering angle varies by up to three degrees, according to vehicle speed and drive mode. Low speeds have the rear axle turning opposite to the front wheels, which effectively shortens the wheelbase by 600mm. At higher speeds, the rear axle turns in the same direction as the front wheels, having a similar effect to extending the wheelbase by 600mm to increase stability and ride comfort.

Four-wheel-drive is standard, naturally, with a 40/60 torque split front to rear. Urus features six driving modes - Strada (road), Sport, Corsa (track), Terra (off-road), Neve (snow) and Sabbia (sand). Another feature from the Aventador is the fully-customisable Ego (individual) mode.

The centre console features the new Tamburo vehicle control unit. It’s a smart looking thing, with jet fighter-styled levers that switch the drive modes controlled by the Anima selector and also toggles through various electronic systems.

Lamborghini designers have clearly been careful to ensure the Urus is its own beast. The exterior design is distinctively Lambo, with cues taken from the Aventador and Huracan as well as the LM002. The rule of ‘two-thirds body, one-third window’ is in full effect, a trickle-down from the company’s supercars. Images online make the car look bigger than it actually is - in the flesh it appears to hug the road, helped by a low roofline and short, muscular overhangs.

It is spacious inside, with breathing room for five occupants. The front seats are fully electric, heated and 12-way adjustable, while the rear bench can be lowered to increase storage space from 616 litres to 1596L. Buyers can opt for a more exclusive two-seat rear layout. Monitors on the backs of the front seats permit entertainment for rear occupants.

The Urus features a comprehensive safety suite, with tech such as a high-beam assistant, adaptive cruise control, and front and rear parking sensors. Buyers can spec an optional traffic management system, a top-view camera and a trailer coupling mode.

The Urus starts at NZ$339,000, with first deliveries kicking off in Q4. Lamborghini New Zealand said that all reservation slots are taken for the next twelve months, so if you’re eyeing up a Urus to replace your SQ7, better get in quick.

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