This Monday, after more than five years of teasing, Lamborghini finally launched its second production SUV, the 2019 Urus. What they are going to sell as the world's first Super SUV is pretty much an Audi Q8 underneath, just with a more aggressive body and, thanks to VW's new Porsche-designed twin-turbo V8, slightly faster than the Bentley Bentayga W12.
Lamborghini says that the reason they used a turbocharged powertrain for the first time in history is that the V8's torque suits off-roading better. The other reason is that the company's V10 and V12 just can't fit the platform. However, before heading into the wilderness at high velocities, you should consider the environmental impact of the Urus' frontal area. Specifically those wide open air intakes.
Ask the ornithologist sitting closest to you (we'll wait), and you will learn that urbanization and our desire to feed birds makes them just as fat as the people living where their forests used to be. Since they have no idea about their maximum takeoff weight ratings, birds often end up gaining altitude slower than they might expect. And that slow rise is where cars and trucks come in.
If you hit a small bird, be that even at a reasonable speed, chances for its survival are already rather slim. Hollow bones and the crucial need to fly doesn't leave much room for rendezvous with tons of steel. Yet if the bird hits the vehicle at a lucky angle, maybe, just maybe, the flying may continue. The problem is that the Lamborghini Urus' grille and front bumper doesn't offer such a loophole. Just look at all those bird-sized holes in the grille.
All we can say is that if for some reason, your Super SUV seems to be unable to reach its claimed top speed of 190 miles per hour, check your engine temperature. If it's high, some of your heat-exchangers might be compromised. Either by bagful of leaves, or an inestimable number of slowly baked bird carcasses. A roll of fine chicken wire should fix that. Spray it black, and nobody will know.