Azzy Asghar tests the limits of the new Lamborghini Urus in Portugal
Nazare is one of the most popular seaside resorts on the Silver Coast in Portugal. It’s a vibrant picturesque town exuding character, culture and heritage. From breathtaking views at the Miradouro do Suberco viewing platform, to world-class surfing on some of the biggest waves in the world, Nazare is not short of exciting activities to partake in. This beautiful backdrop, with a gorgeous sandy beach, rugged mountain backdrop, gravel roads, and a specially designed off-road track was chosen to showcase the Urus’ very capable off-road abilities.
Lamborghini is renowned worldwide for creating the world’s first supercar, beginning with the poster-child – the Lamborghini Miura – in the early 1970’s, it has since set the standards for all supercars to try to emulate. And with the SUV sector growing endlessly, it seems the Italian luxury car manufacturer has yet again addressed their customer’s needs with the recent creation of the world’s first Super-SUV – the Lamborghini Urus.
A cutting-edge, streamlined exterior perfectly encompasses both the SUV and the Supercar element of the car’s name. The muscular body, along with its distinct Lamborghini design shows its Super sports car soul, as well as conveying a safe and strong outer shell. The car itself is recognisably Lamborghini, from the front bonnet centre peak design, to the intensely exhilarating Lamborghini roar as the engine starts. As for the interior, a combination of intricate Italian craftsmanship and advanced state-of-the-art technology, puts the driver’s needs and desires at the forefront of the design. This creates an enjoyable and comfortable, as well as an elegant and stylish experience.
The air suspension offers three ride heights, steering, powertrain and damping settings, allowing the driver to have a completely customisable experience. The three main modes the car offers are Strada, Sport and Corsa, with additional off-road options for snow, gravel and sand. The car also offers an EGO switch to quickly access the drivers preferred personalised settings. Being that the Urus is the lowest SUV in its class, with the best power-to-weight ratio, it gives the allusion of driving a supercar, with the added benefits of the off-road settings.
On the track, the Urus performed as a Lamborghini should. With high-speed and high-performance, the extreme power of its 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo compressed engine producing 641bhp and 627lb ft of torque. A smooth but thrilling drive, the V8 engine ostentatiously projects its power in the sport and Corsa modes, reaching great speeds with much enthusiasm. However, we wanted to put the car through its paces by experiencing its off-road settings, and seeing how it would perform under harsher conditions.
The effortless switch between on and off-road was seamless, allowing for an equally exciting experience in both modes. We tested the Urus on a range of terrain including mud, gravel and sand. In the off-road modes, the tyre suspension rises by 40mm, allowing the car to managed large bumps at high speed by softening the impact on poor surfaces.
The Lamborghini Urus has beaten the laws of physics with the perfect blend of the most advanced VW technology and delicate Italian artistry, making it worthy of the hefty £165,000 price tag. Furthermore, Lamborghini’s Ad Personam scheme allows customers to completely customise to their preferences, creating a completely unique bespoke product – thus your Lamborghini will not only be the car of dreams – it will be the car of your dreams!