On the road with the Urus S, the new entry level of the Lamborghini SUV

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Lamborghini doubles the offer of the SUV Urus, the best-selling model of the bull’s house on whose volumes it has accounted for 61% from January onwards. After presenting the Performante declination, the manufacturer from Sant’Agata Bolognese has launched the “S” variant, the new entry level which has a price starting at 235,000 euros, about 30,000 more than the top of the range with which it shares the same 4.0-liter biturbo V8 and 666 HP of power with 850 of torque. The unit has been boosted with the update of the model that had debuted in 2018 with 650 hp.

From the point of view of performance, telemetry is needed to distinguish the two SUVs because the Urus S reaches a top speed of 305 per hour and has acceleration from 0 to 100 of 3.5” against the 3.6” of the Urus original. La Performante reaches 306 and takes two tenths less (3.3”) to break through the hundred mark.

The new version is “softer” because it has retained the adaptive air suspension inherited from the model from which it derives, while the Performante has been equipped with steel helical ones. This is the reason why the manufacturer presents the SUV as more oriented towards lifestyle-sensitive customers. Or, perhaps, intended for that segment of interested parties who want a Lamborghini and want to treat themselves to it even by spending a little less. It is no coincidence that the Urus is also the model for which the services of the Ad Personam division are requested the least.

The suspension travel reaches 90 millimeters, thus allowing the SUV to also buck off-road, including sand, which is then one of the driving settings from which the driver can choose. The two versions share the Strada, Sport, Corsa and Ego modes: the “S” then has the Terra, Neve and Sabbia modes, which on the Performante are concentrated in the Rally. One wonders if at the wheel of such a vehicle, which is popular only with the desire to own it, one really wants to risk demanding routes on rocks or dirt roads, with the risk of damaging it.

However you drive it, the SUV remains fearfully reactive and gritty. The four-wheel drive transfers the necessary sensations of safety and also allows those who are not used to certain performances to drive a vehicle measuring 5.12 meters in length with relative serenity. Despite its size, but thanks to the steering rear wheels which reduce the turning diameter to 11.8 metres, the Urus S can also be steered in the tightest spaces and in urban environments. In the Wltp homologation cycle it is credited with consumption of 14.1 l/100 km. After the test, the on-board computer is stricter and indicates a mileage of 5 kilometers per litre, but it must be stressed that driving was oriented more towards performance than efficiency. After all, in the case of a Lamborghini, such a figure is more of a plus, especially if the driver is not the one who has to fill up the 85-litre tank whose level drops as quickly as the which inflation has risen in recent months.

With the restyling, the Urus has gained some equipment (standard or optional depending on the version) including automated parking and electronic opening of the rear tailgate. The sporty lines of the SUV penalize visibility through the rear window somewhat, even if the maneuvers can then be carried out with the help of the assistance systems. There is no shortage of space on board, not even in the second row of seats, in which the only possible central passenger “suffers” as usual. The trunk starts at almost 620 liters of capacity: with the seats folded down, another thousand are gained, but then the bottom does not become completely flat. However, the Urus S offers many reasons to get over it.

What is that:
it is the second variant of the SUV from the bull’s house, the one with which Lamborghini doubles the offer of the best-selling model. The Urus S integrates the price list of the model, of which it becomes the entry level (as much as a 235,000 euro version may be).
Dimensions: length 5.11 metres, width without mirrors 2.02, height 1.64, wheelbase 3.0
Rivals: Audi Q8, Benley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne, Tesla Model X
Engines: the Urus S is fitted with the same biturbo V8 as the Performante: it is a 4.0 liter unit with 666 HP and 850 Nm of torque
Full speed: 305 km/h
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h: 3.5”
Weight: 2,197 kg dry
Weight/power ratio: 3.3 kg/hp
Trunk capacity: 616 liters (1,596 with seats folded)
Merits: braking, driving dynamics, ergonomics
Defects: rear visibility, with the seats folded down the trunk does not have a flat bottom
Production: Sant’Agata Bolognese (Italy)
Prices: starting from 235,000 euros

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