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Lamborghini Urus SUV goes on sale in the UK (hint: if you need to ask the price, you can’t afford it)

By Paul Connolly

The Lamborghini Urus – the world’s fastest SUV – has finally gone on sale in the UK.

The 190mph supercar will cost from £164,950. For your money you get a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8-engined monster equipped with the very latest in luxury and technology.

The Urus will whisk its well-heeled passengers from 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds, and on to a top speed of 190mph.

It will even hit 124 mph in 12.8 seconds, which, for an SUV, is sensational.

Ferrari has been left in the starting blocks in the SUV race, with boss Sergio Marchionne confirming this year they will build an SUV that probably won’t be in showrooms until 2020.

That will give the Urus – named after a large Spanish fighting bull - plenty of time to hit its reported global sales targets of up to 5,000 units a year.

Other competitors in the high-end SUV market aren’t supercars, but they are substantial rivals all the same, for example the likes of the Bentley Bentayga, Rolls Royce Cullinan, and a predicted Aston Martin DBX-based SUV that might arrive next year.

The Urus may not be a sports car, but it does have sports car-rivalling performance and other stats.

It has a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine - the first officially seen in a Lamborghini - that produces 641bhp and 850Nm of torque.

This unit is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a four wheel drive system using the same active torque vectoring via a rear differential and rear-wheel steering was seen on the Aventador S supercar.

There are six driving modes: Strada (Road), Sport, Corsa (Track), Neve (Snow), Terra (Off-road) and Sabbia (Sand) which should cope with pretty much any terrain that can be thrown at it.

It’s coupe-like in spirit, with frameless doors and huge 21 or 23-inch alloys shod in exclusive Pirelli P-Zero tyres.

The cabin is as luxurious as you’d expect at this price, with 616-litres of boot space – amazing for a Lamborghini!

The rear bench can be replaced with two sports seats for added excitement.

Technically speaking, Lamborghini has been in this market before, with the Jeep-like LM002 which was produced for six years in the late 80s/early 90s.

Demand didn’t exceed expectations, however, and the model stuck out like a sore thumb in company’s model line-up and was promptly all but forgotten. Not any longer!

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