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The World’s Best Four-Wheel Drives Right Now

4th June 2018 // By Alexandra Cheney

Wild ancestors return
Lamborghini Urus

The numerous loops, lines and angles of Lamborghini’s Urus SUV give it the appearance of moving fast even when perfectly still. Considering the 650-horsepower, 4.0L V8 twin-turbo engine goes from 0 to 62mph in 3.6 seconds and receives 627 pound-feet of torque from a 4WD, eight-speed automatic transmission, that’s not tough to imagine. It is tricky, however, to focus on Urus’s Lamborghini-centric elements and muscular features as the eye gets lost in exterior details.

With a top speed of 190mph, this Urus, as opposed to the extinct wild ox it’s named after, includes active roll stabilization, adaptive air suspension and the biggest carbon-ceramic braking system on the market. In line with its supercars, the Raging Bull has deemed Urus the first Super SUV.

Within, a narrow dashboard pays homage to the brand’s iconic Y theme, not to mention Lamborghini’s first SUV, the military-forward LM002, produced from 1986 to 1993. Its signature hexagon outlines the door handles, cup holders and air vents. Urus offers two different seating configurations: either a 2+2 format or a rear bench. A 21-speaker, 1,700-watt Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system is optional, as is the off-road package, which offers underfloor protection and more durable bumpers, equally practical in the city.

“The mission of the car is to double sales, because we will open the door to families,” Alessandro Farmeschi, COO, Automobili Lamborghini America, tells Elite Traveler. With the lowest ground clearance in its class and a rounded roofline, Urus seems firmly planted, a familiar stance wrapped in a five-door package that the Sant’Agata Bolognese–based company hopes will become an everyday driver rather than an occasion vehicle.

Lamborghini Urus from $200,000, lamborghini.com

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