If you want ground clearance, forget the F-150 and buy a Lamborghini.
Lambo’s most recent foray into the off-road world, the mystifyingly named Urus, probably isn’t the first machine one thinks of when the words “ground clearance” are mentioned. And not without good reason – Lamborghinis are generally reserved for lairy track days or showing off on Instagram.
But take a peek at the listed measurements for the just-announced Off-Road Package for the Urus. Assuming the Lamborghini marketing department aren’t using some new form of yardstick known only to the Italians, ground clearance checks in at 9.76 inches (248 mm). This is about half-an-inch more than the 2019 Ford F-150 4×4 in any cab or box configuration. It does not best the Raptor’s 11.5-inch clearance, of course.
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Even the purported approach and departure angles get one up on America’s best selling pickup truck. The Urus offers 27.9 and 28.3 degrees, respectively, compared to the Ford’s maximums of 25.7 and 27.1 depending on the truck’s cab and box lengths. In fact, that Urus departure measurement beats the Raptor by about 5 degrees.
Check out a video from the company showing Lambo’s SUV (sorry – Super SUV, according to the company) briefly tearing its way around an off-road landscape. The film’s title, “Urus in Pills” makes about as much sense as the Urus name itself.
Any Urus equipped with the Off-Road Package is immediately distinguishable thanks to its specific exterior design. Steel reinforcement has been added the bumpers, while dedicated brushed steel tailpipes poke out from the rear.
Normally, your author would dismiss all this as fluff, exhorting loudly that no one will be taking the thing off-road anyway. However, there are just enough eccentric rich people with more money than sense to whom a six-figure Urus serves as little more than a beater, so we’ll be watching for the inevitable YouTube crash videos.
If you’re wondering, the Lamborghini Urus is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0L V8 making 650 horsepower. The run to 60 mph from rest takes about 3.5 seconds and will top out at 190 mph. It has been in production now for about a year.