Starting Wednesday, the automotive elite will be descending on Monterrey in northern California for a week of car rallies and auctions. Potentially outshining them all, Italian supercar producer Lamborghini will be unveiling its first ever SUV called the Urus in addition to its extremely limited edition Sesto Elemento track car.
The 600 hp Urus is eight inches longer than Lamborghini’s fast-selling Aventador, with the higher center of gravity typical of an SUV. The company’s engineers are still working out whether the full production Urus will come with a V10 or a V12; European Union regulations regarding CO2 emissions are blamed for the delay.
The luxury SUV sits atop 24 inch double-spoked wheels forged from matte-finished aluminum. The chassis is composed of a carbon fiber reinforced polymer, which was conceived in-house by Lamborghini’s own engineers. Instead of outside rear-view mirrors, the Urus is equipped with cameras in the same locations. Two monitors display the camera feeds on the right and left side of the cockpit in a layout Lamborghini has called “ergonomically perfect.”
By contrast the Sesto Elemento is not meant to be Mom’s Taxi, but rather Mom’s Fury, capable of 0-62 in 2.5 seconds. As the lightest car ever produced by Lamborghini, the Sesto Elemento weighs in at just 2,200 pounds. Its 5.2 liter V10 is fed by two large intake tubes situated next to ten hexagonal exhaust holes over the engine case. Unfortunately, the Sesto Elemento is not street legal in the United States because of strict airbag regulations, though this does make it cheaper to import.
Other happenings this week in and around Monterrey include auctions of primordial automobiles and classic Aston Martin roadsters as well as Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary celebration. A complete list of events can be found here.
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