Update: Top Gear's editor-at-large was apparently somewhat mistaken. The vehicle that he photographed was not a real Urus test mule. A Lamborghini dealer in Nürnberg, Germany – about 103 miles (166 kilometers) north of Munich – created the model from a Q7 as a way to build buzz for the Urus. 

Lamborghini has done quite a good job keeping the Urus away from spy photographers’ lenses, but Top Gear’s editor-at-large Rowan Horncastle spotted what appeared to be a camouflaged test mule hiding in plain sight in a parking garage at Munich’s airport.


While this example wears camouflage, it’s clear that the design is a major departure from the Urus. This model appears to use an Audi Q7 as the base but with modifications by Lamborghini, including the company’s branded tape across the grille. Rather than the Urus’ sharp nose this one is blunt, but the masking around the headlights gives them a hint of the Lambo’s edgy styling. The rounded hood is also a big change from the concept, but the vents are still present. The bulging rear fenders are gone, too. However look closely at the driver’s side, and you can see an Urus decal on the door.

Don’t worry about the production Urus looking too much like this vehicle because Lamborghini bosses say that the production version is quite close to the sharp-nosed concept. Instead this is probably a rather early test mule for the project. Perhaps the mule is so far from the final version that Lambo has no aversion to putting a Urus decal on the door and parking the crossover at a major airport.

The Q7 design cues make sense because the Urus shares the latest version of Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform for the Audi. The Bentley Bentayga and Porsche Cayenne use it, too. The common underpinnings might make development somewhat easier because engineers can slap parts on an existing vehicle with the same chassis and begin testing. We could be seeing that strategy here.

Lamborghini execs have confirmed that the Urus uses a biturbo 4.0-liter V8, and they have already claimed it to be the fastest SUV ever. This powerplant produces 542 hp (404 kW) and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) in the latest Porsche Panamera Turbo, but some tuning could take the Lambo’s output even higher. As the 2018 debut nears, we should get more details about the company’s plans for its new crossover.

Source: Rowan Horncastle via Auto Evolution

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