Lamborghini Urus Wearing Center-Lock Wheels Hints At Something Special

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This might just be the go-faster Evo version of Italy's super SUV.

The Lamborghini Urus has been on sale for a while now, which means it's nearly time for a facelift.

We do know that a hybrid model is in development, and to balance things out, Lamborghini has also been busy working on the Urus Evo.

A recent video gives us yet another clue that Lambo is working on a faster model. As you can see, the test mule is equipped with center lock wheels. These wheels are usually fitted to high-performance vehicles and are known for their strength and durability. Along with a properly designed alloy, center-lock wheels also leave more room for larger brakes. These wheels are strikingly similar to the disguised Urus test mule we snapped earlier this year.

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Not that the current Urus is a slouch. It's equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 641 hp and 627 lb-ft.

Thanks to a grippy, rear-biased AWD system, it can get to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds and 0-124 mph in 12.8 seconds. It tops out at 189.5 mph, which made it the fastest production SUV for a little while. And then the Bentley Bentayga Speed came along and stole its thunder.

Still, the Urus has been a smash hit for Lamborghini. The famous Italian supercar builder recently celebrated its best six months, recording 4,852 units sold between January and June 2021. More than half of those sales were Urus.

You might be tempted to say that Urus buyers are only after the badge, but it is a seriously talented car. It can do a lot more than just go fast.

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So what can we expect from the Urus Evo? If we look at the Huracan Evo upgrades, we can expect more power and some tech upgrades. We don't think it will have any trick aerodynamic features because it remains an SUV. Not even the Italians are that mad.

The main opposition is the new Porsche Cayenne TurboGT. Put simply, it's the fastest Cayenne ever, using the same V8 as the Urus but producing 631-hp/626-lb-ft. That's just ten hp shy of the Urus, and that won't do. To make matters worse, the Turbo GT is the current SUV record-holder at the Nurburgring.

Lamborghini can't afford to let Porsche get away with this. For the Urus (or any Lambor for that matter) to make sense, it needs more power. How much more? Well, let's just say that the Italian way is to start with too much power, to which you then add some more. We're thinking 700 hp at the very least.

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