With more international travelling and borders opening up, Lamborghini India took the opportunity to highlight the immense power, traction and capability of this super SUV by driving up to the highest motorable pass in the world.
Located at the Indian Himalayas in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, the Umling La Pass is a staggering 19,300 ft above sea level (5,883 m). For comparison, Genting Highlands is only at 6,000 ft, while Kundasang, the town at the base of Mount Kinabalu in Sabah is slightly higher at 6,200 ft. Even the summit and finishing line of one of the most treacherous hill-climb competitions, the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, is lower at 14,115 ft.
As such, the Umling La Pass is one of the most challenging roads to conquer. Ambient temperatures range from -20 degrees to -10 degrees C, while extremely thin air means breathing can be tremendously difficult. Drivers planning to travel here are even advised to gain more information about Acute Mountain Sickness.
Mr. Sharad Agarwal, Head of Lamborghini India said, “This is a proud moment for Lamborghini as the Urus unlocks the pinnacle of high-altitude driving across the Umling La Pass. I would like to congratulate the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and its team on their remarkable achievement. When we reached Umling La Pass, even standing for 30 minutes was extremely difficult, and how the team completed the road in such extreme weather conditions is unimaginable,”
The climb to the Umling La Pass took over 87 km, starting from Hanle. Certain stretches of the journey are unpaved and required the use of Terra (off-road) driving mode which the Lamborghini Urus managed with ease.
Performance all the way up to the 19,300-ft pass was largely unrestricted thanks to its twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine dishing out 650 hp and 850 Nm of torque at sea level. The Urus traverse the majestic road with its amazing bends, corners and scenery not once but twice on October 8th and 9th 2021.
So, what is next for the multi-talented Lamborghini Urus super SUV? Perhaps being fastest on an unpaved road? Oh wait, the Urus is already a record holder for that! As for a singular vehicle model with the most records, it has to be the Porsche Taycan. This day trip alone racked up more records than what was thought possible!