Lamborghini puts the balls to the wall with its latest creation: the Urus Performante. It’s more powerful, lighter, and faster than standard Urus.
Revealed at the Quail during Monterey Car Week, the Performante adds 16 horsepower to its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 for a total of 657 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. That’s 666 metric horsepower. The mark of the the beast. God trembles.
The Performante also reduces the overall weight of the SUV by 104 pounds. These improvements reduce the 0-60 time to 3.3 seconds. It also has a top speed of 190 mph. Lamborghini says the Urus Peformante’s drive modes have been revamped. They include a new Rally mode. It is intended to augment the vehicle’s oversteer characteristics with anti-roll and damping systems to work with its revised suspension.
“The Urus Performante hits the road as a lightweight, advanced athlete. Its muscular stance, distinctive design, twin-turbo V8 engine and lightweight sports exhaust make it, by sight, sound and experience, the contender the most exciting on all roads, tracks and loose surfaces. This is a super sports car driver SUV,” says Rouven Mohr, Technical Director.
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On the outside the Performante has deeper cuts in the hood lines and down the front bumper. The hood also has an air outlet forged from carbon fiber. You can even get an optional carbon fiber roof – meant to evoke other Lamborghinis like the Huricán Performante and Super Trophy. The front bumper and splitter will also be carbon fiber. There are also aerodynamic changes throughout the SUV. A newly designed rear wing increases rear downforce over the standard car by 38%.
Chassis side, the vehicle has been lowered by 20 mm. 22 inches wheels are standard and 23s are optional. Overall vehicle length is increased by 25mm due to aero.
Just because the company wanted to show up, the guys in Italy organized a Peferomate Pikes Peak at the International Hill Climb. He climbed the mountain in just 10:39.06. That’s 17 seconds faster than the previous SUV record, according to Lamborghini.
“The Urus Performante takes the supreme performance and distinctive appearance of Lamborghini’s groundbreaking Super SUV to the next level, retaining its luxurious versatility and delivering the most engaging driving experience: not just on the road but in all environments, distinguished by an alluring design that denotes new benchmarks for driving dynamism in what is already a remarkable car,” Automobili Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said in a written statement.
All of this performance won’t come cheap. The 2023 Urus Performante starts in the US at $260,676 – not including shipping and gas tax. It’s safe to assume that prices will rise well into the $300,000 range when all is said and done in terms of options. Deliveries should begin at the end of this year, according to Lamborghini.