Lamborghini Urus Spotted At The Nurburgring Before December Debut

Spy Video

The debut of Lamborghini's second SUV is fast approaching.

We’re now just a few weeks away from the debut of the upcoming Lamborghini Urus, the Italian automaker’s first SUV in over 20 years since the LM002. Ahead of its debut in December, an updated prototype of the Urus has been spotted being put through its paces at the Nurburgring. Like other prototypes that have been spotted at the Ring, the Urus is covered in camouflage to conceal its design details, but it’s clear that the general design is similar to the original concept revealed in Beijing way back in 2012.

Look closely, and you can also see the prototype has been updated with a revised front bumper and new tailpipes since the concept debuted. From the video, the Urus appears to be getting pushed hard to give its powerful turbocharged V8 engine a good workout. Lamborghini has previously stated that it isn’t chasing Nurburgring lap times, but the SUV has been spotted being tested at the circuit so many times that it’s obvious the automaker is aiming to set the fastest Nurburgring SUV lap time with the Urus – particularly as that accolade currently belongs to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which set an impressive time of seven minutes and 51.7 seconds.

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It will also have to compete against the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, which will also be attempting a new lap record. The spy video also allows us to sample the sound the Urus generates, but Lamborghini’s shift to turbocharging isn’t pleasing to our ears. Nothing beats the sound of a high-revving naturally aspirated Aventador.

What you’re hearing is the sound of a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that’s expected to send around 640 horsepower to all four wheels, which will make it one of the most powerful SUVs on the market when it goes on sale next year. Starting prices are estimated to be around $200,000. Lamborghini will be lifting the wraps off the Urus on December 4, so we don’t have long to wait to find out if it lives up to expectations.