Lamborghini Wants To Race Its Urus SUV

The 2019 Lamborghini Urus SUV.
The 2019 Lamborghini Urus SUV.
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Go ahead and toss out all of those early 2000s posters with dramatic speed lines trailing out from behind an overly geometric Gallardo, because Lamborghini has a new race car for teenagers to plaster all over their bedroom walls: the Urus. Yep, Lamborghini wants to race its new $200,000 SUV.


Not only is the Urus taking people’s money like they’re allergic to it, as expected in this crossover- and SUV-obsessed world, but Lamborghini also wants this big and fast SUV to start racing—all-road racing, according to Autocar. Lamborghini won’t say where exactly it wants the Urus to compete, but Autocar reports that sources said the company should announce plans near the end of the year.

From the story:

The company denies that it will follow Bentley, which has just revealed plans to run a Bentayga at the famous Pike’s Peak International Hill climb in Colorado, although it acknowledges that Bentley’s performance “will provide us with a benchmark”.

“Lamborghini welcomes challenges, but whatever we do will be quite different from other brands,” said CEO Stefano Domenicali. “We will choose a form of competition intended only for our class of vehicle. Our car has many faces. You can enjoy its beauty, it is very fast on the track, very fast off road and very fast on gravel. We will choose something that combines all of these things.”

While the Urus is so large it’s almost funny to watch someone fling it around Germany’s famous Nurburgring, it definitely isn’t the worst SUV for racing. The Urus’ 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and eight-speed automatic transmission are rated at 641 brake horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque, and Lamborghini claims it’ll take the Urus just 3.6 seconds to go from 0 to 62 mph.

The SUV’s top speed is 190 mph, according to Lamborghini, and it also has a four-wheel-drive system for managing different terrain. That’ll probably come in handy during those all-road competitions.

It may never feel normal to see a Lamborghini-badged SUV on the roads or on the racing rosters, but, if we’re honest, the Urus’ performance numbers look pretty fit for whatever the company wants to do with it. People haulers both fast and slow are our reality now, no matter how much we wish it weren’t true.

So, yeah, welcome to 2018, a year when Lamborghini’s planning to race SUVs and the Mitsubishi Eclipse is a crossover. This will definitely be one to forget.


Andrew Daisuke

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