In the Spotlight – Lamborghini Urus {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

22 Mar 2018

Okay, first up there needs to be a little disclaimer here – I’m not a huge fan of the way the Lamborghini Urus looks. In fact, that’s putting it mildly – I think it looks terrible. I’d seen it in images and thought it ill proportioned, fussily detailed and brash but reserved final judgement until I’d seen it in the metal. At the Geneva Motor Show a few weeks ago I did that, there were a couple on Lamborghini’s stand and I even saw one driving on the road dropping some bigwigs off at the airport. So did it change my mind? In a word….. no.

I do feel that my dislike needs to be put into context though, as I only dislike the outside, the way it looks. Everything else – and I mean everything – is utterly fantastic and makes me want one. I just couldn’t ever look at it.

My issue with the styling is mainly centred around the rear three quarters, where the rear tapers down (as is the fashion for Coupe SUVs) but then it has these huge swollen rear arches that even on 23” alloys, completely overwhelm the wheels and make it look bloated. I can see how they arrived at the frontal styling, as it takes cues from the current Lambo sports car range and applies it to a tall SUV, which must be incredibly hard to do. But I just don’t like it – and frankly whoever signed off the rear door handle sticking out like a wart needs to be taken outside and humanely put down. Alfa have featured hidden rear door handles for years and this really should have had them. But anyway, that’s enough of my negativity about the styling, because styling is completely subjective. For example, my partner in crime Christian Williams loves the styling and given that the order books are bursting at the seams there are clearly many others who feel the same, so I’m happy to concede that I’m just a bit weird (nobody is shocked – Ed) and let’s leave it there.

Onto the positives! Okay so there are many, but as we were on styling we need to move onto the utterly brilliant interior. This is for me the most successful element of the Urus – it really does feel like you’re sitting in a more spacious Huracan. Ahead of the driver there’s the familiar screen instead of real dials that can show everything from dials to satnav to a g-meter. In the centre console there’s a large screen for the infotainment system, while below that there is a gaggle of funky switches. The engine Start/Stop button is, like in the Huracan, situated beneath a fighter-jet-style flip-up flap with the reverse lever above it. But now it’s flanked by two more oddly shaped pull levers which control the mechanical aspect of the AWD system on the right and on the left is the Anima control with the usual Strada, Sport and Corsa settings we’re familiar with, plus additional options for Sabbia (sand), Terra (dirt) and Neve (snow). Each setting changes the engine, transmission, steering, suspension, anti-roll bars, rear-wheel steering, ESC, rear diff and engine sound.

You could be forgiven for thinking that the Urus is another fuax off-road SUV like so many others, but Lamborghini have worked extremely hard to make sure that it can keep up with a Range Rover Sport SVR on and off road (for that is the best example of that currently on sale). So there are lots of settings to play with, which changes the extremely complicated suspension setup, the responsiveness of the 8-speed automatic gearbox and of course, the engine characteristics.

Ah yes, the engine, the heart of any Lamborghini. In this case, it’s sourced from Audi, Lamborghini’s parent company (along with the platform it is built on) as it is the 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 seen in the RS6 Performance, but tweaked by Lambo to produce a crazy 641bhp. Okay the Urus may weigh the same as a small semi-detached house but that power is enough to give it supercar-worrying performance. You can hit 62mph in 3.6 seconds for example, on the way to a 190mph top speed. That makes it comfortably the fastest SUV on sale. It’s no shrinking violet either, the Urus is pure Lambo through and through when you start it up despite only having eight cylinders.

With a 48V electrical system and fully connected anti-roll systems the Urus promises to be an engaging and fun drive on twisty roads, so if they can disguise that weight I can’t wait to get behind the wheel.

For now though you’ll have to make do with walking around the Urus and listening to the vicious exhaust note and thankfully, this time you don’t need to listen to me talk about it. No, this time you have the wonderful MrJWW to talk you through the Urus. Enjoy…

But you need to stop playing around watching videos - you only have until midnight on Sunday to buy your tickets – what are you waiting for?!