The Lamborghini Urus Performante Elevates The Super SUV

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The Super SUV is bringing supercar-level performance along with a new Rally mode.

  • Urus Performante boasts 657 horsepower
  • 0-62 mph in 3.3 seconds
  • New Rally Mode for loose surfaces

Like all Lamborghini products, the initial offering is never going to be the most exciting version of the chassis. If the various Huracan trims over the years are any example, the Urus is now getting a serious dose of more excitement with the unveiling of the Lamborghini Urus Performante. Yes, the already insanely fast Lamborghini Urus (yet surprisingly off-road capable super SUV) is getting a boost in power, losing some pounds, and getting a new Rally mode to shred the dirt. The only question we have is when can we take delivery?

Monterey Car Week is host to many unveilings and the automotive creations get so insane, that it's hard to make a splash there. However, Lamborghini is poised to sell many new Lamborghini Urus Performante units because the 'base' model is already the company's best-selling vehicle.

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"The Urus Performante takes the supreme performance and distinctive looks of Lamborghini's ground-breaking Super SUV to the next level, retaining its luxurious versatility and delivering the most engaging driving experience: not only on road but in every environment, distinguished through an alluring design that denotes new benchmarks for driving dynamism in what is already a remarkable car," says Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini Chairman, and CEO. "The Urus set a new standard at its launch, taking Lamborghini's design DNA and technological talent and delivering the world's first Super SUV for a new era: the Urus Performante sets the bar even higher for the SUV segment."

Although the quote from Lamborghini might seem like marketing fluff, CEO Winkelmann is not wrong. The Lamborghini Urus already set the bar high for other Super SUVs to follow and now the Performante promises to deliver even more of everything.

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Dimensionally, the Urus Performante is both lower and wider than the base Urus. There is a slight increase in the SUV's track at just over half an inch (16 mm), and the height is lower by nearly a full inch (20 mm). The lower, wider body houses massive 22-inch wheels or optional 23-inch rims. The body has also received a number of aerodynamic upgrades, which makes the Urus Performante the segment leader in the amount of carbon fiber. Most notable of the aero changes are deep cuts and a restyle on the carbon fiber hood, an optional carbon fiber roof, and an Aventador SVJ-inspired rear spoiler that increases downforce by 38%.

Inside the cabin, a new black Alcantara world awaits with impressive hexagonal seat stitching with the "Performante" trim logo. A number of new materials are added to the doors, headliner, as well as Ad Personam carbon fiber door sill plates. The Dark Package blacks out a number of elements inside the cabin as well. New special graphics on the display for the Urus Performante can be found on the center console screen and the main display.

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The output of the Urus Performante has been bumped up to 657 horsepower with 627 lb-ft of torque from the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. While the bump might not be groundbreaking, the Urus Performance has also lost a whopping 104 pounds. This power-to-weight improvement makes it the best-in-class, but the 0-62 mph is still claimed to be 3.3 seconds before hitting a top speed of 190 mph.

Lamborghini recently went out to set a record before the reveal on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb road. The totally stock Urus Performante clawed its way up the entire 14,115-foot mountain to break the production SUV record by over 17-seconds running a 10:32.064. Part of that record-breaking effort was due to the outstanding new aero on the Performante, the massive Pirelli 285 mm and 325 mm rubber, along with all that torque that starts coming on at 2,800 rpm. Let's not forget there is a new Rally mode added to the Urus Performante with new torque vectoring settings too. The new rally-style abilities on loose surfaces compliment its already solid performance on STRADA mode for comfort on the street or SPORT with more aggressive steering, dampers, and crispier shifts.

The Lamborghini Urus Performante MSRP comes in at $260,676, and customers can start taking delivery near the end of 2022.

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