Urus test mule spotted at Munich airport was from Lamborghini dealer

Article by Christian A., on December 21, 2016

A number of car enthusiasts have long wanted to have a peek at the Urus but Lamborghini is not giving in and continues to hide it from prying eyes. Thus when Rowan Horncastle of Top Gear revealed on Twitter an image of a possible test mule for the Urus, a lot of people were excited. From the photo, it looked to be a camouflaged test mule that was sitting idly at the Munich airport’s parking garage. However it has been revealed that it was not what it was believed to be as a Lamborghini dealer based in Nürnberg, Germany, said that they were the ones who created this model using a Q7. This was done in the hopes of building the hype for the Urus.

The mistake is not surprising considering that using design style of the Q7 does make sense as the Urus utilizes the same platform as that of the Audi. This is the MLB platform of the Volkswagen Group which is also used by the Porsche Cayenne and even the Bentley Bentayga. Using similar foundations in developing the new model, the engineering team can simply put on new parts on a model having the same chassis and immediately start testing.

While the final look has yet to be revealed, executives at Lamborghini did say that the new Urus will be fitted with the 4.8-liter biturbo V8 engine, possibly making it the fastest SUV there is. This same engine is already on the Porsche Panamera Turbo and has shown output of 404 kW (542 hp) with maximum torque of 770 Nm (568 lb.-ft.). There is a chance though that Lamborghini may still tune this to give it more power output. The same executives did disclose that for the production version of the Urus, its appearance will be almost similar to the concept already shown.

Going back to Horncastle’s photo, what made fans excited was not only because the base version appeared to be the Audi Q7 but also on the various enhancements done by the brand. The branded tape for instance was apparent on the grille. Still the clue that this may not be an official Urus would have been the fact that the nose was blunt rather than a sharp one. However the way the masking was done on the headlights served as a clue to the edgy styling the brand is known for. Another different with the concept was that the hood was round though vents were still seen on the area. There is even an Urus decal seen on the door.

Fans though will have their wait shortened as the Urus is expected to make its debut in 2018. This means details for this new crossover will arrive any time soon.

Source: Twitter.com

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