The Urus is likely to cost from £150,000 with a sales target of 3,000 per year. With the Chinese market soaring that shouldn’t be a problem
Concept: Lamborghini Urus
NOT for the first time, Lamborghini is going off-roading.
It did so in the 1980s with the outrageous Countach-powered LM002.
Now the car you see before you is a concept that Lamborgini has been showing at the Beijing show.
It may be a concept but it’s almost a dead cert that Lamborghini is going to build it, not least because it needs another model in its line-up just in case sales of supercars do a wobble. Which they often do.
Also, Lamborghini’s boss says that virtually all Lamborghini owners also own a top-end SUV like a Range Rover.
Since I’ve got a Range Rover and recently owned a Gallardo for a couple of months I can’t argue with that.
Outside: It's a dead cert this will go into production, says Richard Hammond
Inside: You'll have to wait till 2016 to get to see this view
There are a couple of issues to get out of the way before we get too excited.
First the name: it’s called the Urus. It sounds like some part of a bloke’s toilet system but it’s actually an ancient animal that’s related to the modern bull. Right.
The next slight issue is the powerplant. The Urus will be built on the next generation Audi Q7 platform, as will Bentley’s Falcon luxury SUV and the next Porsche Cayenne.
No problem with that but the word is that Lamborghini is thinking about using Audi’s new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 backed up by an electric motor.
The company is talking about around 600bhp and a top speed of 186mph. The performance is not a problem, I’m just not sure about a V8 and a hybrid system.
The original: Lamborghini's 1980's off-roader
Off the road: The Countach-powered LM002 was presented in 1986
Lamborghinis in the early 70s used a V8 engine (in the little Urraco) but we’ve got used to Lambos having at least 10-cylinder engines.
The Urus is likely to cost from about £150,000 with a sales target of 3,000 cars per year.
With the Chinese market going into warp drive that shouldn’t be a problem.
Lamborghini could make a few extreme versions perhaps powered by the Aventador’s V12 engine, as long as it would fit under the bonnet.
I’d have thought a 4×4 with 700bhp would be too much for many multimillionaires to ignore.
They’ll have to wait until 2016 though before Lamborghini has the Urus in the showrooms.