Supercars aren't supposed to accommodate five people and their luggage, right?
Unlike some other Italian words, it's no secret what 'Performante' translates to in English. Like the Huracan Performante before it, the Urus Performante is a high-performance, track-oriented version of the standard car it's based on. With the Aston Martin DBX707 and Nurburgring-record-breaking Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT here, Lamborghini has already set a record of its own with the Urus Performante at Pikes Peak. Lighter, wider, and more powerful than the standard Urus, Lamborghini promises that the Performante raises the bar for a new breed of super SUV.
This hot new SUV has already made a splash by breaking the Pikes Peak record for its segment in mid-2022. The Lamborghini Urus Performante's release date will be before the end of 2022, with first deliveries taking place before the year draws to a close.
Whereas the regular Urus begins at around $225,500, the price of the 2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante starts at $260,676 in the USA. That makes it more expensive than its direct rivals. An obvious competitor is the new Aston Martin DBX707, which has a starting cost of $236,000 MSRP. You can read more about how it stacks up to the Urus Performante here. A less expensive, subtler, but possibly even more effective alternative is the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, priced from $188,700.
This is one hulk of an SUV. As mentioned, it's lower, longer, and wider than the standard Urus. The chassis sits 20 mm lower, and the Urus Performante has a broader wheel track. A more prominent hood in lightweight carbon fiber is just one change that separates the Lamborghini Urus Performante's exterior from the standard Urus. That hood now boasts a new air outlet, and more carbon fiber has been used for the redesigned front bumper and splitter. Front air intakes in a black finish provide extra cooling for the V8, and a new air curtain directs airflow above the front wheels.
Wider carbon fiber wheel arches are combined with forged 22-inch lightweight wheels with titanium bolts, or optional 23-inch wheels. Pirelli tires have been developed exclusively for this SUV. At the back, there is a rear spoiler with carbon fiber fins that were inspired by the Aventador SVJ. This spoiler is said to increase rear downforce by 38%. A lightweight titanium Akrapovic exhaust amplifies the sound of the powerful engine.
Even the roof can be optionally finished in carbon fiber, and a panoramic roof is available. Overall, Lamborghini claims that the Performante has more carbon fiber parts than any other vehicle in this segment.
The Performante model is set apart with a bi-color livery scheme; black door handles and air outlets over the bonnet and spoiler will stand out against the body color selected. A wide range of Lamborghini Urus Performante colors can be found on the online configurator, with sixteen options in the base palette alone. A few flashy ones from the Ad Personam palette are Arancio Argos (similar to burnt orange), the unflatteringly named but gorgeous Blu Uranus, Verde Viper (green), and the intense Viola Pasifae (purple). If you want, you can confuse the uninformed by finishing your Urus in a Ferrari-like Rosse Efesto (red). There are also seven matte colors to choose from.
The brake calipers can be finished in various colors like black, orange, and yellow, and you can select from shiny or matte exterior carbon fiber finishes.
Wider wheel arches conceal a wheel track that itself has been widened by around 0.6 inches compared to the standard Urus. The Performante has also grown in length by just under an inch.
The Lamborghini Urus Performante's dimensions include a length of 202.2 inches, a width of 79.8 inches, including the mirrors, and a height of 63.7 inches. The wheelbase measures 118.3 inches.
With more lightweight materials used in its construction, the Urus Performante has a curb weight of 4,740 pounds. Lamborghini says it is just over 100 lbs lighter than the standard Urus.
It wouldn't be a Performante if it wasn't faster and more powerful, and Lamborghini has happily obliged. It all starts with the Lamborghini Urus Performante's engine. Although retaining the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, the Performante makes 657 horsepower at 6,000 rpm (+16 hp) and 627 lb-ft of torque between 2,300 and 4,500 rpm.
An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive help the Urus Performante complete the 0-62 mph run in just 3.3 seconds. That's three-tenths quicker than the standard Urus. As the speeds rise, the gap widens. The 0-124 sprint takes just 11.5 seconds in the Performante, a full 1.3 seconds quicker than the standard model. The top speed has barely changed, though, with the Urus Performante maxing out at 306 km/h (190.14 mph), just 1 km/h faster than the regular Urus.
The new Lamborghini Urus Performante SUV recently broke Bentley's Pikes Peak record with a time of 10:32.064, easily beating the Bentayga's 10:49.902. Clearly, the Lambo is as agile as it is powerful. That's little surprise considering the extent of the modifications over the regular Urus.
For the Performante, Lamborghini increased downforce, added a new differential with a ratio increase, improved the rear-wheel steering, and reworked the drive modes. The front-wheel steering has also been recalibrated for even more precision and feedback through the wheel, hardly an area where the regular Urus fell short. The usual Strada, Sport, and Corsa modes are now joined by a new Rally mode; this one amplifies the effect of oversteer and enhances the SUV's rough-road abilities. The torque vectoring of the rear differential complements the rear-wheel steering to create an athletic, dynamic SUV that, if the regular Urus is anything to go by, feels a cut above everything else.
Brakes matter when you're trying to bring over 4,700 lbs of SUV to a halt, but the Urus Performante is equipped for the task with front and rear carbon-ceramic brake discs. In front, there are 10-piston calipers.
Gas mileage and range specs remain undisclosed, but we know that the standard Urus returns an EPA-rated 12/17/14 mpg city/highway/combined. Unlikely to be any better than that, the Performante will likely manage a range of about 277 miles from its 22.5-gallon gas tank.
Lamborghini knows better than most how to put on a show inside even before you press the engine start button. The Lamborghini Urus Performante's interior is chock-full of all the sporty touches you'd expect to see in a sports coupe, not an SUV. Nero Cosmus black Alcantara with a hexagonal seat stitching design looks superb, but the abundance of Alcantara can be replaced with leather if desired. Other Lamborghini Urus Performante seats include bi-color Sportivo leather items.
Ahead of the driver is a black Alcantara/leather steering wheel, and beyond that is a digital instrument cluster. Lamborghini says that a new HMI graphic is used for both this display and the center console screen. Back on the steering wheel, you'll find a 12 o'clock marker. The ANIMA controller for selecting from the various drive modes is sited alongside the start/stop button in the 'Tamburo' center - a fancy name for the central area housing all the controls. Ventilation is controlled via a touchscreen.
The second row can be tailored to seat just two, and red door handles are available optionally. More carbon fiber can be specified for a sportier look, and a Dark Package extends the matte black treatment to other interior elements.
At 21.7 cubic feet, the Urus Performante's cargo space is nothing special for an SUV, but this makes it far more practical than any other Lambo.
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