Five years after it made its debut in concept form, the Lamborghini Urus is finally here, premiering today at Lamborghini's Sant'Agata Bolognese headquarters. This is a big deal for Lamborghini—it's set to double the company's production. More importantly to us, though, is that it's the fastest SUV in the world.
Yep, the Urus will hit 190 mph flat-out and run to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds. That makes it faster than its 187-mph platform-mate, the Bentley Bentayga, and pretty much as quick as the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which hits 60 mph in a manufacture-quoted 3.5 seconds.
All that forward motion comes courtesy of a 650-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8—Lamborghini's first V8 in nearly 30 years, and its first turbocharged engine ever. This engine offers 627 lb-ft of torque, and its two turbochargers are mounted within the "V" for better throttle response. Lamborghini chose a turbo V8 for the Urus to provide more low-end torque for off-roading.
The Urus gets a trick all-wheel drive system too. In normal driving, its front-to-rear torque split is 40/60, but up to 70 percent can be sent to the front and 87 percent can go to the rear in certain scenarios. There are center- and rear-differentials that provide real torque vectoring.
There's also a lot of neat chassis hardware here. The Urus uses a 48-volt active anti-roll system in concert with adaptive air suspension and rear-axle steering. That should help mask its 4850-lb weight. Carbon-ceramic brakes come standard, and they're the largest fit to any production car—considering the Urus' weight and power, they'll be needed.
Oh, and it's a practical SUV too. It seats five, and that it offers good luggage and rear-passenger space despite its sloping roofline.
The Urus rides on the same platform that underpins the Bentayga, the Porsche Cayenne, and the Audi Q7, but as you can see, it looks nothing like them. Inside there are classic Lamborghini hexagonal styling cues, and the new dual-screen infotainment system from the Audi A8.
The Urus will arrive in the US sometime in Spring 2018, and it has a base price set at $200,000. By 2019, Lamborghini hopes to build 3500 per year.