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Saturday, 21 April 2012

Lamborghini Urus Is a Necessary Evil, Nothing More

The only time a Urus will ever drive on rocks.
Porsche. Maserati. Audi. BMW. Meredes-Benz. Bentley. All these prestigious names now have plushy, flashy, high-performance SUVs in their range (well, the Maserati and Bentley are on their way). Now we have the same nonsense from Lamborghini, previewed here as the Urus Concept. Urus sounds penis-related, which is ironic because comments about the owner of a Urus (or indeed a Cayenne, Q7, X6, ML63 or Maser Kubang) will also be penis-related. Clever thinking there, Lamborghini. Alas, you also thought to build an SUV. Frankly at this point it isn't clever to make such a vehicle. It's just following the herd. Lamborghinis don't follow the herd...

We now have so many of these stupid abominations now that it's not worth the time and energy to rant about it anymore, so I'll just tell you what has been leaked about it. The Lamborghini Urus will be based on the VW Touareg/Audi Q7/Porsche Cayenne/Bentley OMGWTFBBQ's shared platform, but will apparently weigh 100kg less than its cousins and be powered by a modified version of the Gallardo's 5.2-litre V10, producing around 600PS (592bhp). So you get a "commanding" driving position and the same power as a McLaren MP4-12C, although of course this won't accelerate or corner like a supercar, because it's big and tall.

Lamborghini can justify this new very anti-social vehicle by bringing up the preposterous LM002 of the 1980s, a failed attempt at a military vehicle that was then sold with a Countach's V12 and the footprint of a medium-sized house. Not even 10 years ago, a full tank of fuel would cost you over £1000 and it only did about 4mpg. Technically it would be classed as an "SUT", because behind the four-seat cabin was a short pickup bed with a small leather bench over each rear wheel. Think of it as an Italian Hummer (which is essentially what it was in concept), only being a Lamborghini it was much madder and would make an H3 look like a Skoda Yeti.

This, on the other hand, is an angular, low-roofed Cayenne with a V10. Big whoop. I bet it won't even be particularly adept off-road, not that anyone will ever test that claim anyway. The most saddening thing is that late last year, Lamborghini had to choose between a 4-door super-saloon (like an AM Rapide or Maserati Quattroporte) or an SUV, and they chose the latter... over this beautiful Estoque Concept from 2008:

Admit it, you'd rather have this than a Urus infection.
Still, at least this Italian X6M of sorts doesn't look as ugly as the Bentley EXP 9 F Concept...

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