Everybody Needs to Stop Complaining About the Lamborghini Urus SUV
Lamborghini Urus, from lamborghini.com
Ever since Lamborghini unveiled the Urus concept in Beijing last year, the Internet complaint machine has been firing on all 12 ferocious cylinders, with emotions ranging from mild trepidation to suicidal hopelessness. Hell, I was a little skeptical that Lamborghini could pull off another SUV after the limited-prdouction LM002 of the ’80s, but the more I think about a Lambo soft-roader and Nicholas D’Amato’s piece about the automaker’s lineage, the more I’ve grown to accept it. By giving myself time to consider the Urus, the more I realize that Lambo has a history of not conforming to anyone else’s perception of the brand, and it takes risks in a way that is completely different than its VAG overlords (as well as practically every other auto manufacturer). In an age where Ferrari has to promise none of its cars will be electric, and when everyone rallies against Porsche for every miniscule modification to the 911, Lamborghini has a right to buck the trend, even when its cars aren’t to my personal tastes (see: Veneno, Egoista).
The LM002 is remembered fondly as one of the best examples of the company’s ridiculous nature. While the Countach encapsulated the garish design and tastes of the ’80s, it was the LM that took Lamborghini past a point that Nigel Tufnel would consider reasonable. It was Lambo’s idea of a Humvee, which made that military vehicle look somehow reasonable. When it was clear that the LM’s predecessor would not be picked up by the American military as originally intended, the project was continued in the hopes of attracting another buyer; those buyers would end up being civilian customers. By stuffing a Countach V12 in the engine bay of a vehicle originally intended for military use, Lambo cemented itself in the halls of lunatic manufacturers in a way that even the Countach didn’t achieve by itself.
The Urus, then, is the next example of Lamborghini’s give-no-shits mandate. It will be AWD and most likely be powered by a V12 like the LM002 (a v10 is possible, but why go any less than full crazy?). It looks much better than proposed sports SUVs from Bentley and Maserati, and unlike the Porsche Cayenne, it looks like a Lambo. Even if it doesn’t have the ability to go offroading like the LM002, the number of buyers likely to do so would be miniscule, anyway. Anybody whining about what they think Lamborghini is and how the Urus doesn’t encapsulate their definition simply isn’t considering the marque’s background.
Lamborghini makes cars that make people drool, and while they don’t get it right every time, you can’t blame them for trying. As it stands now, the Urus concept is the best-looking SUV I’ve ever seen, and if an automaker can make me excited about a vehicle type not normally associated with sporting performance, then they deserve a hat tip, at minimum. Congratulations, Lamborghini: you’ve made an SUV worth lusting after.
The production of the Urus was recently confirmed by EVO Editorial Director Harry Metcalfe, who reported the announcement from Lamborghini’s 50th Anniversary gala. It is set to go on sale in 2016 or 2017.