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Lamborghini Urus SUV feature

"We believe this could be our future," Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann insists.

Yes, the head of Lamborghini said that about an SUV. Not just any SUV, though. This is the Lamborghini Urus concept, a 600-horsepower, carbon-fiber-infused brute of a sport-ute that makes even the Cayenne look tame.

Lamborghini Urus SUV in-depth

Lamborghini is steadying itself to score two for two.

First the iconic Italian manufacturer hit a six with the Aventador J in Geneva. Now the rampaging bull is ready to unleash its latest concept, the Urus, at the Beijing motor show.

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Ice, Ice Baby

It started, as most interesting things do, with an email devoid of both overview and detail.

"Mate, Mazda's got an ice race in Sweden for journos. You want to come do it with us?"

The "us" of which they spoke turned out to be the Australian car - apart from Russia, we would be the sole non-European car in the field of 20 MX-5 roadsters, and thus representing the Rest of the World, which includes the UAE. So, in a roundabout way, The National was flying the flag for the entire Middle East. And Asia and Africa, too.

But with the thermometer struggling to lift its liquid over -30 Celsius, the MX-5s have been modded with roll cages, racing seats, racing suspension and a limited-slip differential. Curiously, the roof doesn't fit over the roll cage, so they will be left off. Oh yeah, this is not going to be warm.

Out of Captivity - World's first Aventador full road test

In any language, 200 mph is a big number.

When you try to punch through 200 mph, the air becomes an uncompromising critic. It shows an astonishing determination to resist anything arrogant enough to challenge its authority. At 200 mph, even the high-revving V8- and V10-powered supercars of the world are faltering, and the last increments of speed come slowly.

But not for the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador. At 200 mph it is approaching the mighty 6.5-liter V12's peak output of 690 horsepower, and the car is charging hard on the Munich-Garmisch autobahn, closing on the slower traffic at 120 mph.