Lamborghini's first SUV is made for the track, trail and tarmac

Senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan takes the world's first supercar SUV - the long-awaited Lamborghini Urus - for a test drive at the Vallelunga circuit in Rome.
The Lamborghini Urus comes with a 4-litre turbocharged V8 engine, allowing it to despatch the century sprint in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 305kmh.
The Lamborghini Urus comes with a 4-litre turbocharged V8 engine, allowing it to despatch the century sprint in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 305kmh.PHOTO: LAMBORGHINI
The Lamborghini Urus comes with a 4-litre turbocharged V8 engine, allowing it to despatch the century sprint in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 305kmh.
The Lamborghini Urus comes with a 4-litre turbocharged V8 engine, allowing it to despatch the century sprint in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 305kmh.PHOTO: LAMBORGHINI
The Lamborghini Urus comes with a 4-litre turbocharged V8 engine, allowing it to despatch the century sprint in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 305kmh.
The Lamborghini Urus comes with a 4-litre turbocharged V8 engine, allowing it to despatch the century sprint in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 305kmh.PHOTO: LAMBORGHINI

Lamborghini's 305kmh Urus is a car made for the track, trail and tarmac

A sportscar brand spawning a sport utility vehicle (SUV)? Been there, done that - Porsche led the way when it launched its Cayenne in 2002.

But when a supercar brand enters the fray, expectations are raised. Because it is one thing to produce an SUV with some semblance of performance, but quite another to create an SUV that is also a supercar (loosely defined as a vehicle with a top speed in excess of 300kmh). The latter is akin to making pigs fly.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2018, with the headline 'Stunning super SUV'. Print Edition | Subscribe