Lamborghini has been working on an SUV for some time, scheduled to debut at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. The name Lamborghini is giving the crossover is “Urus,” a primitive European cow.
Running with the bulls
Sometimes millionaires need to make a school run and a 500 horsepower-plus two-seater simply will not do. In that case, said millionaires are going to need a 500-plus horsepower car that has two rows of seats. To that end, Lamborghini has been crafting an SUV.
Some details have been known for some time. It is going to be a crossover SUV, rather than the previous Lamborghini SUV, the LM002, which, according to Automobile magazine, ran from 1986 to 1993. The hulking, V-12-powered Hummer-esque SUV was Lamborghini’s first foray into four-wheel drive, which has subsequently found its way into some of its cars.
The Lambo SUV is also known to be heading for its public debut at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. Recently, some insider sources leaked the potential name of the vehicle to the automotive press, which according to AutoBlog is going to be called the Lamborghini Urus.
Bovine name remains the same
Lamborghini has a habit of naming cars after famous bulls or bull fighters and “urus” is no exception. Also referred to as an auroch, urus was an ancestor to the cow, though much larger, weighing more than one ton and standing more than six feet at the shoulder, according to the Telegraph. Their ferocity, if threatened, made them among the most dangerous game. The last one died in the early 17th century.
The Urus, if that is the name Lamborghini is giving the car, should live up to the name. It’s been reported previously that it will have a slightly different version of the V-10 from the Gallardo, good for an estimated 580 horsepower. The Gallardo’s V-10 was also used in the Audi R8; Audi and Lamborghini are both part of Volkswagen.
As with other Volkswagen-owned companies, it will be sharing platforms. The architecture, according to MotorTrend, will be the same platform as the forthcoming Bentley SUV, as well as the Audi Q7, Volkswagen Taureg and Porsche Cayenne.
Likely the most expensive crossover ever
A teaser image showing the outline of the Urus and a rendering published in an Italian car magazine show the Urus has a sleek shape and a grill similar to the Gallardo.
It will likely cost in the neighborhood of $200,000, according to AutoBlog, which will basically make it the most expensive crossover in the world when it is released. The only two that might come close are the Maserati Kubang and Bentley SUV, when those are released.
The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/7011035/Giant-cattle-to-be-bred-back-from-extinction.html