The new 2019 Lamborghini Urus has just been unveiled, and it's supposed to be the world's fastest SUV, eclipsing even high end sports cars that are dumb enough to get in its way. Looking like a mish-mash of the Lamborghini Huracan, Volkswagen Atlas, and a Hyundai Veloster Turbo, it's an interesting design that's thicker than the concept vehicle that debuted all the way back in 2012 at the Beijing Motor Show.
All along, though, we lamented the fact that it looked nothing like the blocky, angry Lamborghini LM002 from the '80s and '90s. Too bad, since that thing was about as "shock and awe" as you can get in an SUV. We're sure the Urus is nuts to drive, but it's just not the same.
The LM002 was the most radical super-SUV of its time, and it's still bonkers. Consider this: at the time it was released back in 1987, the LM002 could do 120 mph in the sand and could even be outfitted with a beastly L804 type 7.2-liter marine V12 engine that would normally be found in powerboat applications. Plus, it ignored the need for aerodynamics thanks to its ultra-blocky design, which is just one of the things we love about it.
What was dubbed the "Rambo Lambo" was clad In an aluminum and fiberglass body, with a full-time four-wheel drive transmission, transfer case, and it even had a whopping three self-locking differentials, giving it the ability to the mount gradients of 120%. It even had proprietary Pirelli Scorpion tires that gave it supreme riding characteristics that "floated" on
And lest you think the LM002 was sparse inside, the cabin still looks good today, albeit less ergonomic than modern SUVs. Customers of the LM002 could choose their Italian leather hide hue, as well as other trims and features. All seating positions were regal and comfortable, and Arab oil tycoons loved the damned thing for its power and luxury. In a world where there was nothing like it, the LM002 established itself as the most potent, most exotic, most insane SUV in the world. The Urus, however, goes after exotic SUVs already established by Porsche, Bentley, BMW, Land Rover, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati.
The Urus is far sleeker than the LM002 and much less prominent, in our humble opinion. Instead of housing a Lambo V10 or V12, the Urus has a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that's good for 641 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque through an 8-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels. It'll do 0-62 in a mere 3.6 seconds, and it's outfitted with standard carbon ceramic brakes, active roll control, and a torque-vectoring rear differential. It's expected to the fastest on the planet, even eclipsing the likes of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, and the Bentley Bentayga.
The Urus has drive modes that include of Strada (street), Sport, Corsa (track) and Neve (snow), along with Terra (off-road) and Sabbia (sand) modes. The air suspension automatically adjusts based on the mode chosen, and there's even a rear-wheel steering system similar to the one on the V12 Aventador S supercar.
The Urus will be built on home turf, the Sant'Agata factory. Lambo expects the Urus to bring in its biggest sales volume that should effectively double the brand's annual global sales from 3,500 vehicles to 7,000. The base price will start around $200,000, right around the level of the Huracan. The Urus will eventually come in a plug-in hybrid trim.
Though we're sure the much anticipated Urus will be a huge performance hit in the exotic SUV market, we just can't be as excited about it as we still are with the LM002. If given the choice between the two, even as old as the LM002 is, we'd go with the vintage model each and every time. It's too bad Lambo didn't do the second coming of the LM002 with a similar design and modern technology. It would've stood far apart from the rest of the crowd in the best possible way.