Lamborghini Urus Sounds Worryingly Downcast On The Street

Unlike its rivals, Lamborghini has, until now, shunned turbocharging and remained faithful to naturally aspirated engines. That’s something that changed with the recently unveiled Urus SUV, which is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 from the Volkswagen Group.

Of course, this is no surprise, as the engine is small enough to fit in the front of the SUV and delivers the horsepower and torque figures required by such a vehicle. Unfortunately, the twin-turbo V8 does have one major flaw: its sound.

A YouTuber recently stumbled upon a yellow Urus and was able to film it up close. To say it sounds unexciting would be an understatement.

When it is reversing out of a flatbed and trundling down the cobblestone street, the car is barely audible. In fact, the only time you can actually hear the Urus is when it starts up (in the 2nd video), where it does emit a rather satisfying burble for an Audi, but certainly not for something with a Lamborghini badge. The times, they are indeed a-changin’.


  • Dustin

    It’s an SUV, meaning it’s going to be used regularly and for families, whereas the other Lamborghinis are not. A less raucous exhaust makes sense.

    I also assume it has different drive modes which change the exhaust, among the other settings. Maybe even an exhaust-specific button, ala Porsche. So this could be a Street-quiet mode versus Race-loud.

    • javier

      i liked the first one better designed for insane arab sheikhs

      • Which version? the concept? I think they come close with the design… In fact the concept feel toned down than the production version.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          javier is talking about the LM002

  • Matt

    Sounds pretty throaty to me when he was trying to position the car on the street, I bet if he revved it properly it would have been quite loud.

    • alexxx


    • Mike Sinyaboot

      Agreed. Brad must have no been able to find anything noteworthy to write about so he decided to let his butt do the talking. The exhaust is very throaty upon start-up and then immediately goes into comfort mode with the exhaust flaps closed while maneuvering at idle. Apparently it should sound like it is accelerating flat out at all times. That second video is the same. The exhaust sounds great when it fires up before going into comfort mode.

  • Adi
    • LWOAP

      Nice. That should add at least 400 extra horsepower.

    • SteersUright

      Holy crap!!! Well done. Ive always said, this is no Lambo and now you’ve solved it for me! It a Toyota!

    • Honda NSX-R

      Huh, so this is basically a poor man’s Urus.

    • OG

      The Toyota looks more wicked than the Uranus.

      Great job VAG.

  • Six_Tymes

    Actually pretty excellent, meaning better than expected. After all, it is a stock SUV, and so anyone expecting louder, NO. It sounds fine.


    If you want your car to be loud you have to get a different exhaust system. The stock exhaust isn’t going to be waking the neighbors any time soon. Well, in most cases anyhow.

    • This. And beside who wants to be dick and revving their loud car in the neighborhood?

    • europeon

      “Most cases.”
      Half the week I live in an apartment complex without a garage, and I’ve got complaints from the neighbors cause my car’s cold start wakes them up in the morning. Stock exhausts.

  • I don’t think we can come to conclusion yet, we need to see until journous got hands on them. Also could Urus has one of those exhaust sound control things?

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    Wrong! Not the car, the headline, as soon as there was a slight hint of revs it had a serious burble. Most of the time it was rolling along at idle, it’s not a nitro funny car that spits, crackles and shakes at idle! Also the recorded sound quality was poor. I reckon once we see a proper test at revs it will sound like a snarling beast.

  • jsz00

    Lexus NX F-Sport looks better than this

    • javier

      gross , that lexus is the eptome of all show and no go, made for siisy boys hung up on styling. The lambo is no beauty but at least it is true to its look

  • eye.surgeon

    The era of loud noisy exhaust implying performance is ending. A kid-hauling Tesla pseudo-minivan Model X will blow the doors off this thing in complete silence.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Hey, look ma! A Hyundai CUV!!!

    Right in front of the baby Jesus.

    Guy cant drive worth s***…

  • Honda NSX-R

    They should’ve used door handles hidden in the B and C pillars, but I guess the rich soccer moms that’ll buy this would complain about them.

    • OdysseyTag

      Actually, I’m glad they didn’t. That quirk doesn’t belong on anything larger than a subcompact crossover.

      • Honda NSX-R

        The door handles on the Urus kind of look weird to me (the way they’re placed), I think if they hid the door handles like the way they did on the Aventador (not like on the B and C pillars as I mentioned) it would look better. The door handles wouldn’t really interfere with the body lines of the Urus. Just my two cents though

    • jsz00

      it’s because they’re the same ones from the VW Passat, dumbass

      • Honda NSX-R

        I know I’m a dumbass, no need to remind me 😛

  • Merc1

    Wow it does look good here.


    • Andrewthecarguy

      A lot better than I thought. Even with the yellow color.

  • thunder bolt

    it sounds like one of those old diesel buses

  • Kash

    For who they’re targeting market wise, this is more than loud enough. This is gonna be used by the Uber rich for school runs or as a DD for someone probably getting up somewhat early to get to the office, they won’t really want the sound of a massive V12 that early and neither will their neighbors. There’s also a good chance that Lambo will offer a valve option for the exhaust so you can start it quietly or loudly.

    Also, watch the video through and click on the next suggested one. It’s the same car, same situation, just a little later, they rev the thing and it can get loud.

  • BobV12

    All exhaust, not engine. All Audi, not Lamborghini

  • Knotmyrealname

    It may well have butterfly valve that directs the exhaust through a final cat/silencer at low revs and then opens up on WOT.

  • nauticalone

    Sounds fine to me. Especially as it’s likely in quiet mode. Something different that caught my eyes are the different colour brake calipers – that looks unfinished and out of place. Otherwise it looks stunning!

  • OG

    So,does it use the old Audi 4.0 V8 or it’s the new Audi/Porsche tuned engine?

    • They claimed it’s a new engine but it’s close to what new Conti GT has.

  • Miknik

    It’s an Audi though and through. What do people expect? This was not made by passionate Italian engineers, this is done to earn money for the mother company…

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    It’s hard to make an Audi sound like a V12 Lambo…

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