2019 Lamborghini Urus essentials: Look at me!

Our Opinion: 0-62 mph in 3.6 seconds, stay flat on the gas and 124 mph is only another 9.2 seconds away. Never lift and the speedometer will kiss 190 mph. How long ago would those have sounded like Lamborghini supercar numbers? Five years? 10, perhaps? Well, now they apply to a full-size SUV with all-wheel drive, an automatic gearbox and a curb weight a smidgen under 5,000 pounds. Modern technology gives us the ability to build something lighter or more powerful, and it’s quite clear which path we’ve chosen.Even though the Urus is based on the Audi Q7, it feels like a completely different SUV — if you’re hustling around a canyon road or lapping a track, that is. That’s where you can feel things like four-wheel steering, track-tuned air suspension and huge carbon-ceramic brake discs (17.3 inches in front, 14.6 inches in back) go to work. That’s true off-road as well, as long as it’s more rally stage than Moab trail. Set the driving mode to “terra” or off-road, and the Urus absolutely will kick the rear end out and allow you to throw some dirt. Torque vectoring in the rear helps. But most people, most of the time — even the 1 percenters who can afford this thing — will drive the Urus on normal roads doing normal things. In these conditions, the Urus feels remarkably similar to the Audi, whose base price is little more than 25 percent of this machine. A car nerd’s eyes will also notice several similarities in switch gear, layout, even the shape. The Q7 is a great SUV, so this is not a demerit in function, but in distinction from other, less expensive versions of this vehicle, of which there are many. The fighter jet-style engine stop/start button loses some of the allure in this context, as does the large Lamborghini logo emblazoned just above the glovebox.