Lambo 4×4 driven on and off-road
You know the world has gone SUV-crazy when LamborghiniÂ unveils one. It would never have seemed possible even a few years ago, but here it is.In fact,
the Italian supercar company does have previous form in this arena, having had the outrageous 4×4 LM002 in its sales catalogue for a full seven years from the mid-1980s. And you could reasonably say that Lamborghini has always fulfilled the â€˜sportsâ€™ bit of â€˜sports utility vehicleâ€™ â€“ although â€˜utilityâ€™ might not be the first word that springs into the mind of anyone thinking about buying a madly impractical 1980s Countach for family use.
The newÂ UrusÂ is Lamborghiniâ€™s first off-roader since the LM002, but instead of being a one-off design powered by a choice of 5.2 or 7-litre V12s, as the one LM was, this twin-turbocharged V8 machine is just another flavour of existing VW-group SUVs like theÂ Audi Q7,Â Porsche CayenneÂ and Bentley Bentayga. Well, we say just another flavour: the Urusâ€™s in-your-face bodywork is pretty distinctive.
The luxury SUV market is getting just as crowded as all the other SUV markets, so Lamborghini has set itself the task of creating a unique selling point for its Urus. They want it to the best-handling luxury SUV, and up there with the top off-road 4×4 SUVs to boot. Our Matt has been trying it out on a variety of surfaces to see if theyâ€™ve succeeded.