Lamborghini's new crossover sets the pace for its one-make racing series.
Between the Huracan, the Aventador, and the occasional limited-run hypercar, Lamborghini has no shortage of exotic machinery that'd be equally at home on the racing circuit. But it's a very different model that's hit the track this time. That, of course, would be the Urus – the Italian automaker's debut crossover and its first SUV since the LM002. Lamborghini's deploying the high-riding Raging Bull as the lead car for its in-house Super Trofeo series.
The tenth season of the Super Trofeo kicked off this last month in Europe, having already hit Monza and Silverstone (this past weekend). The next round will be held at Misano (on the Adriatic coast east of Florence), followed by stops at Spa, the Nurburgring, and Vallelunga (near Rome). Parallel championships are held in North America, Asia, and the Middle East, with the World Final bringing the top drivers from each together. As you can see the “lead car” features special graphics and sponsor decals. No word on other upgrades, but pace or safety cars typically feature stripped cockpits with roll cages, racing buckets, harnesses, and various communication and emergency equipment.
As it is, the Urus packs a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 641 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. Channeled to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, it'll hit 62 mph from a standstill in 3.6 seconds and top out around 190 mph. That'd be enough to keep the pace for a grid of less powerful machinery, but the race-spec Huracans will have to slow down a bit in formation behind their new big brother. This season marks the debut of the Huracan Super Trofeo Evo, which promises even faster lap times and better performance than the model it replaces.