Why People Need To Stop Hating Sporty SUVs
Normally, to make a sports car you want as little weight and as much power as possible, but when you decide to use a high-riding SUV as your basis you have to rethink everything. Suddenly, you have this big, heavy mass to try and shove along the road. The main way to do this is to give your big, heavy mass a big, powerful engine. This recipe is one that many sports and supercar manufacturers are using more and more often to try and boost sales. Obviously, most petrolheads hate these cars, but is all the hate deserved? That's what I'm going to talk about...
Car makers like Lamborghini have taken to the SUV as a means of boosting sales. This is where the first point of defence for the sports SUV comes in. For companies like Lamborghini to stay afloat, they need to move a large volume of cars. Unfortunately, when the only cars you make are six figure priced pieces of unobtanium, it's hard to sell a large amount of cars. So Lamborghini decided to make a "cheap" car that people with very orange skin, more money than sense and gold plated electric gates would flock to like a moth to a flame. What did they create? The Urus. It may sound like a tropical disease, but it did the job without breaking the bank. Partly because it used quite a lot of VW Group parts. For example, the V8 out of a Porsche Panamera. This was, for once, Lamborghini using their heads to solve a problem rather than hoping it would go away after the lunch brake was over.
However, as seen above, some SUVs are completely inexcusable. The Rolls Royce Cullinan is one of the absolute worsts of the sector with it's bland, boring looks and ostentatious name. Like the Urus, the Cullinan was made to boost sales, but unlike the Urus it isn't cheap. The going rate for a base spec (if you can call it that) Cullinan is £276,000. To put this astronomical price into perspective, the average price for a house in the UK is £244,567. The Cullinan, therefore, is a prime example of an SUV that deserves the flak it gets. Rolls cashed in on the SUV craze with a lumbering behemoth that looks worse than a violent rash and fell short of the mark.
To summarie, the sporty SUV isn't necessarily born out of desire, but need. To keep certain manufacturers like Porsche and Lamborghini thriving, cars like the Macan and Urus are vital. Most buyers are more likely to buy an SUV than a 2 seat sports car, because they need the seats for their children, boot space for the Gucci handbag and think that driving an SUV makes them safer. Overall, the main reason people will flock to cars like the Urus and Cullinan rather than a Hyundai Santa Fe is because of the badge. It all comes down to car park presence...
Thank you very much for reading and I hope you enjoyed!
-Joseph Le Corre-