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What Is a Super SUV?

By Caroline Suganda

The Lamborghini Urus seamlessly marries the functionality of an SUV with the soul of a super sports car.
 
The Lamborghini Urus seamlessly marries the functionality of an SUV with the soul of a super sports car.

We don’t need a super SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle), but we all want one. The SUV we are most acquainted with is one that offers a handy combination of size, space and comfort. It should sit five comfortably, offer spacious legroom and a generous boot space. Add speed and performance to the list, and you get the super SUV.

The Lamborghini Urus is one such SUV. It has long been a tradition at Lamborghini that each make is christened with a name derived from the world of bulls (hence, its logo). The Urus is not an exception — it’s an extinct species of large wild cattle, an ancestor to domestic cattle.

So what makes a Urus the super SUV? At a glance, one can quickly identify the dynamic lines of the Italian supercar maker’s two other models — the Aventador and the Huracán — morphed into this bigger, more muscular brother while keeping the same neat edges and flat surfaces that suggest it was designed with speed in mind. However, what really puts the “super” in the context is the seamless marriage of functionality typical of an SUV with Lamborghini’s soul of a super sports car. Stefano Domenicali, CEO and chairman of Automobili Lamborghini says, “The Lamborghini Urus is a visionary approach based on the infusion of Lamborghini DNA into the most versatile vehicle.”

This five-seater super SUV, fitted with a 3,003mm wheelbase (as compared to 2,700mm typical of a SUV), makes one feel real mighty on the road. The raised height improves visibility of the road, while its 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo engine reportedly makes it the fastest SUV in the world — sprinting from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.6 seconds and hitting a top speed of 305km/h.

The SUV's interior is very much aligned with its DNA as a supercar, merging fine Italian craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology.
The SUV's interior is very much aligned with its DNA as a supercar, merging fine Italian craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology.

Its interior is very much aligned with the other “racing bulls in the pen”, priding itself on luxurious Italian craftsmanship and state-of-the- art technology. Lamborghini’s aeronautics- inspired design is apparent, especially in the engine’s start/stop button that looks like it came straight out of the cockpit of a fighter plane. Its ergonomically designed leather steering wheel with paddle shifters completes the supercar experience. The two TFT screens on the centre console — one for infotainment and the other for comfort functions (e.g. air-conditioning), which also works as a virtual keyboard with hand-writing recognition.

The engine's start/ stop button design stands out in a nod to the aeronautical set-up of a fighter plane's cockpit/
The engine's start/ stop button design stands out in a nod to the aeronautical set-up of a fighter plane's cockpit/

But what really makes Urus a true Lamborghini is the Anima (Adaptive Network Intelligent Management) feature — controlled by a lever next to the start/stop button — that radically transforms its driving capability. There are three on-road modes: Strada for fun and easy driving, Sport for agility and more responsive driving; and Corsa for precision and maximum performance. The other three modes, off-road ones, further enhance the car’s performance: Neve for safe driving on slippery surfaces such as ice; Terra for off-road conditions; and Sabbia for sandy surfaces. Your preferred settings can be saved in the EGO lever, for immediate recall.

The Urus leans towards the heavy-built and attaining high speed in this vehicle is no easy feat. But hitting the 170km/h mark is comfortably achieved, thanks to its anti-roll system controls that kick in to prevent the car’s body from over-leaning when taking corners, and disengage when the drive hits a straight road. All in all, you could say the Urus is the first five-seater super sports car — it easily accommodates a child seat and even weekend’s worth of luggage for the family in the boot — that also ranks high on design, comfort and superior performance.