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2019 Lamborghini Urus Track Drive Review

On Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

The Lamborghini Urus is a strange beast. It’s generally shaped like a modern Lamborghini, a thick wedge with knife-edged angles, but its four-door form brings a practicality that no previous Lamborghini could match. Not even the iconic LM002, a thinly veneered military vehicle more similar to the classic Steyr-Daimler-Puch Geländewagen than the Urus, which is a crossover and fundamentally meant to appeal to a much broader audience.

2019 Lamborghini Urus

We flew to California at the height of snowbird season to drive this $200,000 SUV. We wanted to focus on the wonderful weather and Urus’ abilities on the track rather than debating whether or not it truly is a product of Sant’Agata Bolognese.

There’s a Volkswagen Group feel to the whole design, discernable even under the camouflage of hexagonal shapes. That’s no surprise, as the Urus rides on the same platform as the Audi Q8, Bentley Bentayga and Porsche Cayenne. The hardpoints can’t change, and the sharp lines remind you more than a little of the Q8. And the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8’s exhaust note betrays the Urus’ German roots, too. The engine – again shared with other VW products – sounds beefy and mean, but doesn’t sing quite the same sweet tune you expect from an Italian performance car, especially when your foot is nailed to the floor.

The Urus is surprisingly nimble in corners, too, thanks to the all-wheel-drive system, the adaptive air suspension and a whole lot of computer wizardry. Six different drive modes – Strada, Sport, Corsa and Neve (snow) for the road and Terra and Sabbia (sand) for the dirt – are all selectable with the ANIMA switch to the left of the shifter.

Body roll – especially in Corsa – is all but non-existent, and the seats do a good job of keeping you planted without feeling claustrophobic. You never get the sensation that it might roll or crash or go belly-up halfway round. It’s amazing how far SUVs have come in this regard in the past few decades. Going too hot into a corner in something this big could have catastrophic consequences in the past, but the Urus generally shrugs it off. You never forget about the weight, but the surefooted nature means it’s less of an issue.

That Lamborghini badge carries a lot of cachet and is worth its weight in envy and jealousy. Few other vehicles will make the neighbors take notice like an Urus does, and when it’s this capable and eye-catching, so what if there’s a little Audi baked into the bones? The Urus is loud and brash and fast as hell, and there’s an inherent silliness to flogging an SUV on a track.

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