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Lamborghini calls the Urus the world’s first super sport utility vehicle. We’re inclined to agree

Nicolas Stecher

There were plenty who sco†ed at the idea of a Lamborghini SUV when the legendary Italian marque first revealed the Urus project a few years ago. After all the original Rambo Lambo, aka the LM002 SUV that debuted in 1986, is more of an automotive oddity (albeit with a cult following) than anything else. With the Urus officially entering the model lineup for 2019, however, Lamborghini is looking forward to making the naysayers choke on their words. The taste may be a little bitter, especially once they’ve gotten behind the wheel and seen firsthand just how awe-inspiring the world’s fastest SUV is.

With Lamborghini billing it as the world’s first super sport utility vehicle as well — the SUV equivalent of a supercar — anything less than heart-stopping numbers would have buried the Urus under a hail of invective, or damned it with faint praise. But with 650 hp and 627 lb-ft of earth-shifting torque unspooling from a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, a top speed eclipsing 190 mph and a SpaceX-like explosion from standstill to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds, critics are e†ectively silenced.

Yes, we’ve seen celestial digits like this before, but only in anorexic, appointment starved mid-engine supercars. We’ve never witnessed anything like it in an SUV. At least not in one that could traverse Colorado’s savage Webster Pass — with two NBA point guards in the back, and a pair of golf clubs stu†ed in the tru


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