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2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV

2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV - Front - Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - EuroDrift

2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV – Front – Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV - Side - Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - EuroDrift

2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV – Side – Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

With sport cars sales flagging, several of the European performance car companies branched out into the SUV market. At the forefront of this movement was Porsche. Since 2002, Porsche has enjoyed great success with its popular Cayenne SUV. Lamborghini took notice of the Cayenne’s success and announced plans to produce their SUV, the Lamborghini Urus starting in 2018.

 

Taking the Urus from Concept to Reality

“It’s going to change the landscape of the company,” said Alessandro Farmeschi, COO of Lamborghini during an interview with Business Insider.

Lamborghini unveiled the Urus for the first time as a concept car at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show. Since then, they have tweaked the design and made modifications to the engine. The actual production model will sport a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as opposed to Lamborghini’s traditional V10, originally included in the concept vehicle.

The Urus will be thrown into a SUV market already stiff with competition. It’s true that high-performance luxury SUVs remain in high-demand in the United States. However, American car manufacturers, such as Cadillac, currently dominate the market.

In addition to the Cadillac XT5 crossover, the Urus is forced to compete with Jaguar, Maserati, Bentley, and even Rolls-Royce who has announced plans for their SUV. The lone holdout is Ferrari, who denies any plans to jump in the pool.

 

Lamborghini Markets to a New Demographic

Though late to the party, the Urus is not the first of Lamborghini’s attempts to broaden their market base. The Huracán supercar, along with the Aventador hypercar, are non-traditional Lamborghinis designed to reach a different type of driver.

The Urus is not Lamborghini’s first SUV. In the late 1980’s, the company built its first 4-wheel model, the LM002. Designed to look and function as a military vehicle, the LM002 never really received the response that the company hoped to gain. In the end, only 328 of the cars made it through production.

The difference between the Urus and the LM002 boils down to styling. Even though the Urus qualifies as an SUV, the designers kept the sleek, powerful look of a Lamborghini sports car. It is one of the most aggressive looking daily drivers on the market.

Not only does it have the lines of a sports car, but it also drives like one. The Urus concept version topped 205 mph making it the world’s fastest SUV.

 

The Urus Comes as a Hybrid

For eco-conscious consumers, Lamborghini plans to offer a version of the Urus as a hybrid. They will build the hybrid using VW Group’s MLB-Evo platform.

While the Lamborghini Urus is a step into new territory for the company, there is hope that it will take the company in a new direction. Demand is high for luxury performance SUVs and Lamborghini hopes to grab their slice of the pie with the Urus.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park – 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320

The Lost World: Jurassic Park – 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320

The Jurassic Park Mercedes-Benz SUVs

If you’ve seen The Lost World: Jurassic Park movie, you may have noticed the Mercedes-Benz SUVs throughout the film. For the expedition to Isla Sorna, InGen builds three customized 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 SUVs. The purpose of these vehicles is to drive and navigate the island for transporting equipment. This equipment mostly consists of camera and study items. The nicknames for the three vehicles are: AAV Fontana, AAV Montana, and AAV Santana. Unfortunately, the Montana was left behind in this film. Regardless, these vehicles “shine bright like a diamond” through the film.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park Movie

The Lost World: Jurassic Park Official Trailer #1 – Jeff Goldblum Movie (1997) – Jurassic Park Fansite – YouTube

The film The Lost World: Jurassic Park was released on May 19, 1997 by director Steven Spielberg. This 1997 film was able to reach a box office value of 618.6 million USD on a 73 million USD budget. Furthermore, at 2 hours and 9 minutes, this film provides quite a look into InGen’s invasion of Isla Sorna. One main reason for their invasion is to capture dinosaurs to display at an amphitheater zoo in San Diego. Dr. Ian Malcolm, played by Jeff Goldblum, thinks this is a terrible idea, and he isn’t far from being correct. Over the film, the entire process turns into a disaster leading up to a t-rex invasion of San Diego. With such a large box office value, the film unfortunately didn’t receive amazing reviews, with a rating of 6.5/10 by IMDb.

AAV Fontana, AAV Montana, & AAV Santana

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 - AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 – AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

For the film, the three 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 SUVs were customized with a ton of aftermarket components. Each of three vehicles have the following options:

  • Camouflage Paint
  • Custom Step Bars
  • Fog Lights
  • Front Bull Bars
  • Front Tow Cable
  • Leather Seats
  • Rear Taillight Guards
  • Winch
  • 4-Wheel Drive

These features provide the basis for the overall vehicles before the additional options differentiate the three 320s. Next, each vehicle will be discussed pointing out the additional features that distinguish them individually from the others. The AAV Fontana, AAV Montana, and AAV Santana all have features that provide them slightly different advantages in varying situations.

For the 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 AAV Fontana, the car has quite a few additional features. These features include:

  • Additional Round Bubble Top
  • Bottom & Top Hang on Jerry Cans
  • Bubble Window Roof
  • Duel Mounted Side Mirror Search Lights
  • Grey Interior
  • Mounted Side Lights
  • Protective Bars

For the AAV Montana, the options differ slightly than the AAV Fontana. The AAV Montana’s enhancements include:

  • Bubble Window Roof
  • Duel Grab Bars on Rear Sides
  • Duel Mounted Side Mirror Searchlights
  • Grey Interior
  • Hood Mounted Carrier
  • Extra Wheel Top Mounted
  • Mounted Door Guard Panes
  • Protective Bars

Lastly, the AAV Santana had the least amount of additional options. These features include:

  • Aluminum Interior
  • Bottom Mounted Hang on Jerry Cans
  • Cut Out Backside
  • Mounted Light Bar

Each of these vehicles serves a slightly different purpose due to their features. Unfortunately, two of these vehicles were destroyed during the film. Luckily, for the AAV Montana, it remained safe in the InGen gatherers equipment facility.

R.I.P. AAV Fontana & AAV Santana

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (4/10) Movie CLIP – Ripped Apart (1997) HD – Movieclips – YouTube

Unfortunately, the AAV Fontana and AAV Santana didn’t remain safe during the film. While attempting to fix a young tyrannosaurus rex’s leg, two adult T. rexes show up. As this occurs, the AAV Fontana ML320 is hurtled off the cliff. However, the T. rex adults don’t stop there… the entire trailer containing Ian, Nick, & Sarah is pushed about halfway over the cliff. This causes the characters to fall and eventually dangle from a rope. This rope is set up by Eddie who drives the AAV Santana to the scene. Unfortunately, for Eddie, the two T. rex adults return, and he doesn’t survive, and neither does the Santana.

The AAV Montana is Still Alive!

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 - AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park - Rear - Pixabay - EuroDrift

1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 – AAV Montana in The Lost World: Jurassic Park – Rear – Pixabay – EuroDrift

Overall, The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a great movie. Critics may not agree, but if you’re a fan of dinosaurs, you’re missing out if you haven’t seen it. Furthermore, the 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML320 SUVs were a perfect match for the movie. These vehicles are built for adventures and the outdoors, so their arrival on Isla Sorna isn’t a surprise. Even though the AAV Fontana and Santana didn’t survive, the AAV Montana is still alive! Long live the Jurassic Park Mercedes-Benz SUV!

1964-1966 Lamborghini 350 GT: A Limited Production

1964-1966 Lamborghini 350 GT: A Limited Production

The First Production Lamborghini

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT - Front Corner in Black - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Front Corner in Black – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

From 1964 to 1966, the Lamborghini 350 GT was a production 2-door grand tourer coupe. Not surprisingly, this model may not be familiar to most people. This is probably due to the 350 GT’s very limited production of only 120 units. This limitation makes surviving models a rare spectacle. Now, Lamborghini is famous for it’s rear-engine sports cars as well as the all-new SUV (the Urus). Regardless, and most noteworthy, the Lamborghini 350 GT was Ferruccio Lamborghini’s first production car.

3.5-Liter Aluminum Alloy DOHC V12

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT - Engine - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Engine – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

Under the hood, the 1964-1966 Lamborghini 350 GT sports a 3.5-liter aluminum alloy DOHC V12. This engine produces around 280 horsepower and close to 240 lb.-ft. of torque. The motor works in sync with a 5-speed ZF manual transmission. From 0 to 62 mph, the 350 GT takes only 6.8 seconds. Furthermore, from 0 to 100 mph, it takes only 16.3 seconds. At the high end, the 350 GT can reach a top speed of 158 mph. Lastly, to top it off, this motor can produce 400 horsepower but was limited for production.

Aluminum Body, Carburetors, & Wishbone Suspension

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT - Rear - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Rear – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

The 1964-1966 Lamborghini 350 GT starts with an aluminum body. Next, there is four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length wishbones. On top of that, the suspension uses concentric coil-spring-damper units. Furthermore, there is a Salisbury differential as well as a four-vacuum servo-assisted Girling disc brakes. Lastly, the 350 GT is built with twin-barrel side-draught Weber 40 DCOE 2 carburetors.

The Beginning of the Lamborghini Empire

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Jay Leno’s Garage – YouTube

Overall, the Lamborghini 350 GT was the beginning of the empire built by Ferruccio Lamborghini. Due to its importance in the Lamborghini line-up, it is quite the collector’s car. On top of that, with it’s limitation of 120 units, there are only a handful left in the world today. With it’s race design, this car is meant to compete with alternative sports car rivals. Imagine… only if they left the 400 horsepower in the production model. Regardless, the 350 GT is an automobile of beauty and marvel.

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT - Rear Logo - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

1965 Lamborghini 350 GT – Rear Logo – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV

Alfa Romeo’s First Mid-Size SUV

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio - Front - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – Front – NAIAS 2017 – EuroDrift

In 2016, Alfa Romeo introduced the world to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has been in production since 2016 with it’s first model year set to 2018. The assembly of the Stelvio occurs at the FCA Cassino Plant in Cassino, Frostinone, Italy. This SUV is a compact luxury crossover with a 5-door layout and the Giorgio platform. Lastly, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV is one of the fastest SUVs in the world.

2.9-Liter Twin-Turbo V6 with 505 Horsepower

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio - Side - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – Side – NAIAS 2017 – EuroDrift

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV sports an all-aluminum 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. This motor produces 505 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. The Stelvio’s governor restricts the car to 176 mph. From 0 to 60 mph, the Stelvio takes only 3.9 seconds. This car has also obtained the reputation for fastest SUV in the world with a Nürburgring lap time of 7:15.7 as seen in the video below.

Alcantara Sport Seats & Carbon Fiber Trim

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio - Rear - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – Rear – NAIAS 2017 – EuroDrift

On the interior, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV has Alcantara sport seats with a leather steering wheel. To increase sportiness, there is also a red push-start button as well as aluminum paddle-shifters. Complementing this even further, the Stelvio has carbon fiber trim. For technology, there is an 8.8” widescreen color display. On the audio end, there is a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.

Carbon Ceramic Brembo Brakes & 20” Wheels

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio - Wheel - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – Wheel – NAIAS 2017 – EuroDrift

On the exterior, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV has 20” wheels and other premium features. To complement the wheels, there are carbon ceramic Brembo brakes. On the front, there is a Scudetto grille design. This SUV has a nice ride height which allows for comfort as well as sporty handling. Lastly, the Stelvio displays LED headlamps and tail lights.

50/50 Weight Distribution Ratio & Torque Vectoring

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio - Front Fender - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – Front Fender – NAIAS 2017 – EuroDrift

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV makes use of a Q4 AWD system. For the suspension, the Stelvio has a double wishbone front suspension system. On top of this, the Stelvio sports a nearly 50/50 weight distribution ratio as well as torque vectoring. For the braking system, there is an integrated braking setup. Lastly, the Stelvio arrives with the Alfa DNA Pro Drive Mode Selector including the infamous race mode.

MSRP of $81,590 Including Delivery Charge


For a MSRP of $81,590, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV can be yours! This is $38,600 more than the entry-level Stelvio model. But, keep in mind, this cost does include the delivery charge. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is an amazing feat of engineering in the SUV realm that beat out the Cayenne, Levante, and other well-known SUVs. The Lamborghini Urus presents a threat to the Stelvio’s Nürburgring record, but for the price, this is one hell of a sports SUV. In conclusion, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio was the world’s fastest SUV record holder which makes this a legendary vehicle.

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan: Calling Out The Bentley Bentayga

In late 2018, Rolls-Royce expects to introduce their first SUV model into the worldwide market, the 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV

Rolls-Royce named the Cullinan after an enormous diamond of 3106.8 karats worth an estimated $400 million U.S. dollars. With this vehicle, Rolls-Royce intends to join the recently booming market of luxury SUVs. As with most Rolls-Royce vehicles, the Cullinan will have a hefty price tag of around $420,000, similar to the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The obvious target audience for a car of this stature is the rich and wealthy. In reality, only a few percent of the world population can afford such an extravagant vehicle.

The 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan will be built on a new aluminum spaceframe architecture specifically designed for the vehicle. The Cullinan will sport 4×4 all-wheel drive as well as the typical Rolls-Royce V12 motor. Auto theorists suggest that the Cullinan may use the same engine as the Rolls-Royce Ghost, a 6.6-liter V12 twin-turbo with 563 horsepower and 605 lb.-ft. of torque. On top of this, the Cullinan will be offered in a Plug-In-Hybrid version to enter the electric auto market. In today’s world, providing the hybrid version makes sense as the V12 motor will obviously be a gas guzzler (although preferred).

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Competition

Competition in the luxury SUV market has been very competitive in the last few years. The 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan will compete with a handful of other vehicles including the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, Mercedes-AMG G65, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and Range Rover Supercharged. Out of those vehicles, the biggest competition will be with the Bentley Bentayga. The other SUVs are half the price of the Bentayga and definitely will not be comparable to the Cullinan’s price. Recently, Rolls-Royce punched hard at Bentley with a comment by its CEO.

While revealing the Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII in London, the Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös stated: “We are not using mass-manufactured body shells. That limits what you can do on the design side, and it undermines exclusivity massively. You don’t want a camouflaged Q7 in that segment. You want to have a true Rolls-Royce.”

Rolls-Royce called out Bentley over using the same mass-manufactured frame as the Audi Q7 on the Bentayga. For a better understanding, Volkswagen owns both Audi and Bentley. On top of that, Volkswagen owns Lamborghini and Porsche, two of the Cullinan’s market competition.

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan is a Masterpiece

Overall, the 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan will be a masterpiece of an SUV. Probably worth over $400k, this vehicle will be a rare sight for people around the world. If assumptions are correct, the Cullinan should hit the market in late 2018 with its eyes on the prize. Although the Rolls-Royce CEO attacked the Bentley Bentayga, there is sure to be competition between the two competitors. Hopefully, the public will be able to see this beautiful vehicle at the 2018 auto shows around the world.

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