SUVs, sorry I meant “crossovers”, have taken the consumer automotive market by storm the last 20 or so years. Consumers are buying them faster than manufacturers are making them in some cases. It seems that every automaker wants to get in on a piece of the action, including brands that seemingly wouldn’t have a tall-riding vehicle match up with their current line-ups. Bentley has just released their first ever SUV, the Bentayga, as the fastest and most luxurious crossover on the market. But it seems that the Bentayga won’t hold the title as “fastest” any longer, as Lamborghini is aiming to take that title with their new Urus SUV.
Recently confirmed for production, the Lamborghini Urus is expected to debut in full production spec at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. In order to take the title as “fastest SUV on the planet”, it will need to have an amazing powerplant to match. Lamborghini CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, and Chief of R&D, Maurizio Reggiani, have confirmed that the Urus will be powered by a 4.0L twin-turbo V8. This will be the first turbocharged engine in Lamborghini’s history.
Those of you familiar with Volkswagen groups powertrains, might think that the Urus shares its engine with other VW group cars, such as the Audi RS7 or the Bentley Continental GT, however Lamborghini says that this will be a proprietary engine. This makes sense given the context of its use. Winkelmann has stated “in acceleration and in off-road capability it is really important to have a high level of torque, in order to move as quickly as possible and in an off-road situation to have the ability to come out of a critical situation easily. The engine must be light and powerful and with the capability with this torque at low revs to allow the car to be ‘elastic’ in every type of condition.” The high-revving naturally aspirated V10 and V12 that Lamborghini currently makes would not fit the engineering requirements for the project.
Although I am not a big fan of SUVs and crossovers in general, this has piqued my interest. It is not the first SUV Lamborghini has made, the LM002 still has its place in history as the forefather of ridiculously fast SUVs. However, it will be interesting to see how well the Urus falls within the Lamborghini ethos. The Huracan and Aventador are pretty wild machines themselves, lets just hope that the Urus is just as wild as them.