If you didn't believe that Lamborghini is making an SUV, here's your proof.
We’ve known for some time now that Lamborghini is making an SUV. Called the Urus, it was initially revealed as a concept at the 2012 Bejing Auto Show and is rumored to be powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 generating 600 hp. It looked stunning too, with a striking design that was still unmistakably Lamborghini. It isn’t meant to go on sale until 2018 and a production model has yet to be revealed, but it looks like a test model of the SUV has been spotted out in the wild.
Top Gear Magazine’s Rowan Horncastle spotted what appears to be a test mule of the Urus parked at the Munich airport, sharing a photo on Twitter. To the untrained eye, the camouflage makes it look like an ordinary SUV you wouldn’t look twice at, but take a closer look at the grille, and you can clearly see the word ‘Lamborghini’ lurking on the wrapping. It’s difficult to judge without being able to see the bare bodywork, but the shape of the test mule doesn’t look quite as striking as the original concept we saw four years ago, unsurprisingly, clearly taking design inspiration from other SUVs in the Volkswagen family such as the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne.
Lamborghini is banking on the Urus to diversify the brand by bringing a “more low profile” vehicle to market. The idea of the supercar maker entering the SUV market may seem hard to fathom, but cast your mind back: this is Lamborghini’s second SUV since the ludicrous LM002 launched in the 1980s. By comparison, the Urus is looking like a much more civilized, practical family SUV. What do you think of the Urus?