The ‘Raging Bull’ with poise, pace

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This week we must review the car of the moment in Zimbabwe — the Lamborghini Urus. It is a topical car because one of our legislators recently got one.

Andrew Muzamhindo,Analyst

Any engine that brews 650 horsepower will grab my attention no matter what.
A number of definitions have been proffered as to what a Urus is. I will go with the following: it is an extinct, shaggy, long-horned wild ox. It is thought to be an ancestor of modern domestic cattle and was found in Europe in medieval times. After all, cars are named after animals at times and this goes with the concept of the raging bull. The raging bull is the Lamborghinis emblem.
There are some cars that you will never test drive in your lifetime because they are just not available in your market. At the same time, readers want to know what this car is all about.
Lamborghini is renowned for making glitzy supercars whose pilots seem so carefree they do not appear to need a boot, or back seats, or even families. It is all about the driver.
Whether you like the aesthetics of the Lamborghini Urus or not, you have to admit it does not look like anything you have ever seen before, right? It is unique. Just a glance on the contraption gives you this exquisite view, especially in yellow. If it is wearing that “Giallo Augo” yellow paint, the Urus is just stunning, it looks like a giant queen bee.
The Urus is a real Lamborghini and a genuinely practical and comfortable SUV in equal measure, which simply makes it, both literally and metaphorically, the Lamborghini of SUVs.
Only a millionaire with endless funds and bottomless repair coffers would treat a Lamborghini like the Urus on Zimbabwean roads. How does one drive such a beauty on our bad roads? Well it is because they can.
This performance SUV will set you off US$400 000 before transportation, duties and extras. So you can easily part with a cool one million real United States dollars. It arrives as one of the most expensive cars of its type.
For that price, you will get yourself a beast that delivers 478kW/850Nm with a 4,0-litre eight-cylinder twin-turbo petrol engine with a fuel economy of 12,3 litres/100km. The Urus does not have the same blaring exhaust note as a V12 Aventador or the V10 found in the Huracan, the deep V8 grumble on idle and hiss on the down shifts lets everyone know it has arrived. When you come across it in Harare, you certainly will turn your head. The exhaust notes will electrify you.
With the kind of performance expected from a car wearing the Raging Bull badge, Urus has the ability to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 3,6 seconds and maxing out with a top speed of 305km/h, making it both the quickest and fastest SUV on the planet. It takes off like a raging bull chasing after a matador.
An eight-speed automatic transmission can change its personality from a brutally hard-shifter in the track mode to gelato smooth in street mode.
Just as the Cayenne did more than 15 years ago, the Urus has been created to not only satisfy a seemingly endless global appetite for high-riding luxury cars, but ensure the Italian carmaker has a profitable and sustainable long-term future with big enough cash reserves to invest in expensive future technologies that will make its hallmark sports cars meet future regulations while being faster and more powerful than ever before.
Urus can carry more than two people, which is something the Huracan and Aventador cannot do. Available as a conventional five-seater or with an optional four-seat configuration that features a pair of business class seats in the back, Lamborghini has countered the fact the Urus has the lowest roofline in its class by dropping the hip points of the front and rear seats as much as possible, claiming that adults up to 190cm tall can still fit comfortably in the back. And they won’t go without their luggage either, with more than 600 litres of cargo capacity in the boot that is big enough to fit two full-size golf bags or up to eight overhead cabin bags.
It is the first car from the Italian carmaker to feature the latest semi-automated driving systems, including automated emergency braking, lane keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control.
The cabin carries the jet fighter theme from the Huracan and Aventador, including the signature flip-top starter button, but fuses it with a sense of modern convenience and connectivity thanks to two high-resolution displays in the centre console — the top one being a comprehensive multimedia system with Bluetooth, smartphone mirroring, audio controls, digital radio and sat nav that is compatible with Google Earth, while the lower display features haptic buttons for the ventilation, seats and light settings.
The cabin is lavishly appointed enough to justify its price, with sumptuous leather, soft touch ersatz suede and plenty of carbon fibre highlights. Nonetheless ,look past the glamour and you will find enough shared components and switches from the Volkswagen parts silo, some of which lessen its inimitability.
Lamborghini spent considerable effort in ensuring the Urus is not only powerful, but also overcomes the physical compromises of a high-riding SUV to handle like a sports car should. While it is hardly a featherweight machine, it is the lightest of the new breed of uber luxury SUVs, tipping the scales at 2 135kg, has the lowest centre of gravity and, with rear-wheel steering, electrically-controlled anti-roll bars and standard carbon ceramic brakes, it is the most agile of its type.
The Urus has a 360-degree camera and an excellent reversing camera, too, which makes up for the small rear window.

Lamborghini have found a winning formula with Urus. — andrew@muzamhindo.com

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