Lamborghini Urus Is The Robb Report Car Of The Year
Car Pro | February 13, 2019
The 650p-horsepower Lamborghini Urus is the Robb Report’s 2019 Car of the Year.
The 17th year of the luxury and sports car competition pitted 10 cars against each other. (You can see them all here.) The winning vehicle was chosen by a panel of more than 200 judges. Select readers were invited to test-drive the vehicles at an invitation-only event that took place in Napa, California as well as Boca Raton,.Florida.
Nine groups, averaging 20 judges each – included musician Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, race-car driver Casey Mears, and chef Philip Tessier.
The Lamborghini Urus edged out the Ferrari 812 Superfast (2nd place) and the Bentley Continental GT (3rd place).
“Perhaps surprisingly, for a vehicle as striking as the Urus, this year’s Robb Report Car of the Year winner crept up on me somewhat, but once I was behind the wheel I was won over in minutes,” said Paul Croughton, Robb Report Editor in Chief. “Responsive, assured, and, yes, fun, the Urus is genuinely two cars in one: a luxury SUV offering all the practicalities and safety that has become so essential from the category but also—literally at the flick of a switch—a supercar, with a powerful stance and aggressive handling. It’s an engineering triumph and worthy winner.
Rounding out the full field of 2019 contenders were the Aston Martin Vantage, Audi A8, BMW 850i xDrive, McLaren 600LT, Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, and Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
“The Lamborghini Urus is a visionary approach based on the infusion of Lamborghini DNA into the most versatile vehicle, the SUV. The Urus elevates the SUV to a level not previously possible, the Super SUV. It is a true Lamborghini in terms of design, performance, driving dynamics and emotion as well as drivable every day in a range of environments,” says Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Vehicles selected for the competition must be new models, and not a minor variation of a previous one. This year’s competition featured 10 instead 13 vehicles and for the first time ever no convertibles were among the entries.