What was your biggest challenge in producing the Urus?
Our big challenge was sitting together to put the DNA of Lamborghini inside an SUV because we had two main issues to overcome, weight and centre of gravity which is the enemy of any supercar.
After lots of discussions, we realised the only powertrain that can offer the best high torque and low rpm combination is a turbo. In SUVs, the turbo is the best choice as you can have 80 per cent of the maximum torque at just 1,500rpm. We also needed to maintain its sportiness and realised that 650bhp is the top in the SUV class. This allowed Urus to get to 100kmh in less than 3.7 seconds and be the first SUV to achieve a maximum speed of more than 300kph. If you look back to when we launched the first Gallardo, it had a 0-100kph time that was higher than this.
How important was rear-wheel steering for the Urus given its 3,003mm wheelbase?
From the Aventador S, we realised that rear-wheel steer was going to be important on Urus. RWS turns plus and minus three degrees so can generate a perceived wheelbase of +/- 0.6 metre meaning we have a car that has a perceivable wheelbase of 2.4m which is less than a Huracan. Our job for the future is to see what is possible to take from Urus into the super sport range. We are now more experienced with rear anti-roll bar development. We can now look at packaging the 48-volt system in the super sport range because we know the potential this could provide our other models.”