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In 2019, Lamborghini started selling performance-oriented luxury SUVs, a move that left many fans scratching their heads. Years later, the Urus is one of the high benchmarks for lifted brawlers, channeling the striking presence of the Lamborghini LM002, combining the marque’s dramatic looks with continent-crushing performance. Here are three things you may not have known about the Lamborghini Urus. 

What’s so special about the Lamborghini Urus?

The Lamborghini Urus, aside from packing hellacious horsepower and styling dramatic enough to earn its raging bull badge, is an interesting installment in the marque’s lineup. For instance, it’s the only SUV and four-door vehicle in Lamborghini’s offerings. 

Moreover, the Urus boasts these three interesting facts:  

  • Despite its mold-breaking impact for the automaker, it’s not the first Lamborghini SUV
  • The Urus is the first Lamborghini model to incorporate turbochargers. 
  • Audi and Porsche share equipment with the super SUV.
A yellow Lamborghini Urus SUV shows off its dramatic front-end styling.
Lamborghini Urus | Volkswagen Group

What is the first Lamborghini SUV?

The Urus might be the latest and most famous Lamborghini SUV, but it’s not the first. Instead, the Lamborghini LM002 was the marque’s first production SUV. Also known as the “Rambo Lambo,” it was a stark departure from the automaker’s other models of the late 1980s and early 1990s

The boxy off-roader followed the path paved by two of the Lamborghini’s prototype models, the LM001 and Cheetah. However, the LM002 is a conventional affair compared to the lunacy of the Urus.  

A red Lamborghini LM002  shows off its front-end styling.
Lamborghini LM002 | Neilson Barnard, Getty Images

Is a  Lamborghini engine turbocharged?

The Lamborghini Urus is the only model in the automaker’s lineup with a turbocharger. In fact, the twin-turbocharged, 657-horsepower 4.0L V8 in the Urus is the only engine with a turbo in the marque’s history. 

Instead of turbos, the Aventador and Huracán utilize rev-happy naturally aspirated engines. The 2022 Aventador packs a naturally aspirated 6.5L V12. As a result, the AWD hypercar produces upwards of 769 horsepower. Further, the more diminutive 2023 Lamborghini Huracán makes its 631 horsepower from a naturally aspirated 5.2L V10 mill. 

Does the Lamborghini Urus share equipment with Audi?

The Lamborghini Urus shares its engine, the 4.0L V8, with Audi models, the Porsche Panamera, and some Bentleys, per Car and Driver. That twin-turbocharged mill is an international endeavor start-to-finish, as it starts life in a Hungarian Volkswagen factory before making its way to a Urus. 

A bright yellow Lamborghini Urus shows off its SUV ride height.
Lamborghini Urus | Volkswagen Group

Furthermore, the Lamborghini SUV model shares its platform with the Audi RS Q8, from underpinnings to powerplant. Interestingly enough, the Volkswagen Touareg shares the platform, too. It’s not a surprising move, as the Volkswagen Group owns Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche, and Bentley. 

Moreover, the hotly-anticipated Urus Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) will likely pack a variation of the Porsche LK5 mill. The LK5 is a hybridized version of a 4.0L twin-turbo V8, which Porsche uses in its Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, per Motor1

Is Urus the fastest SUV in the world?

With competition like the Aston Martin DBX707 and the Tesla Model X Plaid to contend with, the Urus isn’t the fastest SUV in the world. Still, it is arguably the most striking vehicle in the segment. 

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