Published on September 14th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Your Lamborghini Urus can actually go off road quite easily

Lamborghinidriving dynamics control is called Tamburo for a reason.

Get into a Lamborghini Urus and you will see the Tamburo driving mode selector on the center console. This controls all dynamic vehicle systems and allows the selection of driving dynamics according to surface conditions or drivers’ preference, via STRADA, SPORT and CORSA as well the additional NEVE (snow) mode.

As an option, two further off-road settings are offered on Tamburo: TERRA (off-road) and SABBIA (sand).

In STRADA mode the height adapts accordingto speed to enhance comfort, while in SPORT the Lamborghini Urus lowers toensure stability and precision at all speeds.

In CORSA the vehicle is even more preciseand performance oriented with roll at a minimum. In the three off-road modes,NEVE , TERRA and SABBIA higher ground clearance allows obstacles to be safelyovercome, with anti-roll bars providing independent asymmetric movement duringcornering to ensure optimal traction.

The electromechanical active rollstabilization system is being used for the first time in a Lamborghini. Thestabilization system ensures maximum reduction of the roll angle on bumpy roadsin both a straight line and around corners through active decoupling of thestabilizer halves, while ensuring the most agile drive and responsive steering.

The Urus’ specially-tuned damping systemincorporates new damper valves, continually adjusting to different drivingconditions: harder when cornering and softer in a straight line.

The adaptive damper concept is automatically adjusted to different driving modes through ANIMA, or can be fully customized by the driver via the EGO mode, choosing the required rigidity for a very comfortable ride to an extremely sporty, aggressive setting dependent on driving style and road conditions. Tamburo to the rescue.


The Lamborghini Urus sports a newfront-mounted, 4.0 liter petrol V8 twin-turbo aluminum engine. The choice of aturbo engine, the first in a Lamborghini, reflects the desired usage range ofthe Urus. Especially in off-road conditions a high level of torque at low revsis necessary and can be guaranteed only by such an engine, providing optimalengine responsiveness and efficiency.

Delivering 650 hp at 6,000 rpm, maximum6,800 rpm and a maximum torque of 850 Nm at 2,250-4,500 rpm, the Urus has aspecific power of 162.7 hp/l. With a curb weight lower than 2,200 kg the Urusis the SUV with the best weight-to-power ratio at 3.38 kg/hp.

The Urus accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.6seconds, 0-200 km/h in 12.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 305 km/h.Braking is no less impressive: the Urus decelerates from 100 km/h to 0 in 33.7m.

The compact engine optimizes the car’scenter of gravity through its low-mounted position. With a central turbocharger layout close to the combustion chambers, optimum engine responsivenessis assured.

The twin-scroll turbochargers run inparallel, providing maximum power in full-load conditions. This reduces turbolag and ensures maximum torque and smooth provision of power throughout thetorque curve, even at low speeds. Two separate exhaust flows complement thecylinder firing sequence by eliminating cross-interference in the exhaust gascycle.

With a double overhead camshaft andvariable valve timing, new cylinder-liner technology reduces weight whileensuring the highest performance from the eight-cylinder engine. Cylinderdeactivation reduces fuel consumption for a perfect balance between vehicleperformance and efficient engine function.

Transmissionand gearbox

The Lamborghini Urus features an automaticeight-speed gearbox. The compact and efficient electro-hydraulically controlledplanetary gearbox is tuned to provide very short low gear ratios and longerhigh gears. A highly efficient slip-controlled converter lock-up clutch andspecially-developed torque converter guarantee a highly responsive engine, withan exceptionally powerful starting ratio for exciting acceleration, and highspeed at low engine revs for optimal fuel consumption and emissions. Highlyefficient gear braking is also assured.

Lamborghinifour-wheel drive and torque vectoring

The Lamborghini Urus’ four-wheel drivesystem delivers safe, highly-responsive driving dynamics on every road andsurface, in all weather. A Torsen central self-locking differential providesmaximum control and agility in all driving conditions, particularly off-road.

Torque is split 40/60 to the independentfront/rear axle as standard, with a dynamic maximum torque of 70% to the frontor 87% to the rear, enhancing traction to the axle with higher ground friction.

The Lamborghini Urus features active torquevectoring via a rear differential, enabling propulsive power to be instantlydistributed to each individual wheel for enhanced traction, depending on thedriving mode, driving style and the road grip. Torque vectoring also providesadditional steering control: less steering effort is required, with enhancedagility allowing higher cornering speeds and a more sporty drive.

Yaw motion is controlled, avoiding understeer into corners and tire slip during acceleration. Using Tamburo the driving modes STRADA, TERRA (off-road) and NEVE (snow) torque vectoring reduces understeer for safe and simple driving. In SPORT and CORSA torque vectoring allows the Urus to become more agile with a greater oversteer character: interaction between the four-wheel drive system and ESC manages oversteer to enable a precise and fun drive. In SABBIA (sand) mode, the system is calibrated to guarantee agility and precision on terrains with reduced grip such as on gravel or sand dunes, making it the ideal mode for off-road fun.


The Lamborghini Urus adopts the rear-wheelsteering introduced in the Aventador S over the whole speed range. The rearsteering angle varies up to +/- 3.0 degrees, according to vehicle speed anddriving mode selected: at low speeds the rear-axle steering angle is oppositeto that of the front wheels (counter-phase steering), effectively shorteningthe wheelbase up to 600 mm for increased agility and a reduced turning circlefor increased maneuverability.

At high speeds the rear axle steering angleis in the same direction as the front wheels (in-phase steering), elongatingthe wheelbase up to 600 mm for increased stability and ride comfort as well asoptimum driving dynamics.

So, all that is left is for your to find anice large patch of dirt and experience the engineering that you have paid handsomelyfor.

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