The 2021 Lamborghini Urus is extreme in almost every way, which is exactly what’s expected when a legendary supercar maker builds an SUV. Its chiseled bodywork and hulking proportions are appropriately exaggerated but don’t think this 641-hp Italian monster isn’t a terror on the track. In fact, it was the quickest SUV we’ve ever lapped at Virginia International Raceway. This is a testament to both Lamborghini’s dedication to absolute performance and the super-ute’s track-ready hardware. While the company’s Aventador and Huracan supercars can only be enjoyed by two people, the Urus can entertain—and no doubt frighten—as many as five passengers. Along with actually useable cargo space, it has the ability to tow a trailer and tackle off-road obstacles. Sure, it costs a fortune and shares some parts with the much less expensive Audi Q8, but the 2021 Urus earns its title as the ultimate SUV.
What’s New for 2021?
Lamborghini makes the 2021 Urus more unmistakable—if that’s even possible—by giving it wilder paint options. These include either bright green, orange, or yellow as part of the new Pearl Capsule appearance package. This kit also adds contrasting 23-inch wheels as well as black trim pieces on the roof, rear diffuser, and spoiler. Whether the exterior is coated in Giallo Inti (yellow), Arancio Borealis (orange), or Verde Mantis (green), the cabin’s upholstery is colored to match when paired with the new package. Along with several other fresh paint choices, the largest Lambo now has more standard driver assists (adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring) and a handful of other new standard and optional features. The 2021 Urus is also more expensive than the outgoing model, with an extra $10,683 tacked onto its starting price. That may be the only thing about the Urus that goes unnoticed.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Urus is powered by a twin-turbo V-8 that makes a stout 641 horsepower, burbles deeply when idling, and absolutely howls under full throttle. Permanent all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission conspire with all that power to enable fantastic acceleration. In our testing, the Urus went from rocketed to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and tore up the quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds at 121 mph. Likewise, Lamborghini estimates a top speed of 190 mph. The Urus feels athletic from behind the wheel, too, with quick steering and stable high-speed cornering. With air springs at all four corners, the Urus has adjustable ride heights based on its various drive modes. Standard carbon-ceramic brakes ensure that the Urus stops as well as it goes—braking from 70 mph to a stop in 149 feet.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, occupants are treated to a dramatic cabin that’s classic Lambo. Jet-fighter design cues abound, with the start button hiding beneath a red flip cover and the shifter looking like a jet’s throttle. To the left of the shifter are levers that control the drive modes and allow customizable performance settings. There is plenty of faux-suede and carbon-fiber trim, while the infotainment system and reconfigurable gauges are straight out of an Audi. The back seat has good passenger space and can fit between two and three people depending on which seating configuration is selected. Interior cubby storage is highlighted by useful door pockets and a bin behind the floating center stack. The Urus also offers up to 22 cubic feet in its cargo area but that drops by 2 cubes with the optional rear bucket seats.