Lamborghini Urus Performante: 657-hp Super SUV reimagined
Lamborghini's version of ultra-modern everyday driving is its new Urus Performante, an update to its Super SUV model first introduced in 2017. This latest all-wheel-drive iteration boasts a sharper and sleeker body redesign, a twin-turbo V8 engine that cranks out 657 hp, and a 0- to 62-mph time under 3.3 sec. It's also lower, wider, and lighter than its predecessor by just over 103 lb.
To prove its mettle ahead of its premiere on Aug. 19, the Urus Performante took a turn on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Road and set a new record in the production SUV category, crossing the finish line at 14,115 ft in 10:32.064 and beating the previous 2018 record of 10:49.902.
The engine produces 850 Nm of torque at 2,300 to 4,500 rpm, and the Super SUV can hit a top speed of 190 mph. Aerodynamic efficiency is improved, and overall downforce increases by 8%. Torque distribution is optimized thanks to a new differential, delivering a ratio increase from 3.16 to 3.4 in drive conditions and from 3.02 to 3.33 when coasting.
A recalibration of the front wheel steering enhances connection with the road with precise inputs and direct feedback. The rear-wheel steering's faster intervention increases turn-in agility complemented by torque vectoring of the rear differential both on-road and in off-road mode.
The re-engineered drive modes allow the Urus Performante pilot to select the perfect setup for every environment.
In STRADA, the Urus provides a comfortable and luxurious ride with smooth damping.
In SPORT mode, the driver enjoys enhanced throttle response, with the rear-wheel steering more agile at low speeds and stable at high speed, with oversteer fun-to-drive characteristics and a faster gear-shift. The sportier chassis setup includes new stiffer steel springs and specific damper tuning, maximizing feedback.
In CORSA, the Urus Performante's race car persona is let loose with supreme handling -- high-speed stability, flat cornering supported by the active anti-roll bars, and maximum damping -- while the sports exhaust reminds those inside and out that this is a Lamborghini built on super sports heritage.
Alongside the standard drive modes, the Urus Performante introduces a new RALLY selection, elevating the Super SUV's fun-to-drive sportiness to a thrilling new level on dirt tracks. Its oversteer character is amplified with anti-roll and damping systems optimized for steel springs on rough and more extreme surfaces, raising the bar for a new level of Super SUV performance.
The Urus Performante's extensive use of composite materials makes it the car with the highest number of carbon fiber parts in its segment. With deep cuts in the hood lines down to the new front bumper, the hood (including air outlet) is forged from lightweight carbon fiber in body color or partially visible carbon fiber as an option. A roof in optional carbon fiber references Lamborghini super sports models such as Huracan Performante and Super Trofeo.
The front bumper and splitter in carbon fiber create assertive new lines. Lamborghini says the new black front air intakes deliver increased engine cooling and maximize the expression of the SUV's super sports heritage. A new air curtain draws airflow over the front wheels, and an aerodynamic design theme decreases drag. The newly designed rear spoiler increases rear downforce by 38%.
New steel springs lower the Performante's chassis by 20 mm, with a wheel track that is broader by 16 mm. Wider carbon fiber wheel arches show off new optional 23-in. or forged 22-in. lightweight wheels with titanium bolts and specially developed Pirelli tires.
VIDEO: First look at Urus Performante at Monterey Car Week 2022.
In profile, the Super SUV's lowered stance is accented by its prominent front and rear wing and bumper, increasing its overall length by 25 mm. The rear is equally distinctive. A rear spoiler with carbon fiber fins takes design inspiration from the Aventador SVJ and contributes to the increased downforce.
The lower rear bumper and diffuser is also in carbon fiber with a lightweight titanium Akrapovic sports exhaust as standard, developing its characteristic Lamborghini sound depending on the drive mode selected. The bi-color livery scheme includes features such as black painted door handles, CFK air outlets over the hood, and CFK spoiler lip.
Inside, the cockpit features Nero Cosmus black Alcantara as standard with a new hexagonal seat stitching design (the "Performante trim"). Other options include a leather interior.
Dedicated color and trim options include extension of the Performante trim on doors, roof lining, seat backrest, and rear wall, with further customization including interior matt carbon fiber details, red door handles, and a customized kickplate with logo.
The Alcantara/leather steering wheel is trimmed in matt black. The aluminum interior trim is black anodized. With the optional "Dark Package," the matt black treatment can be extended to other interior details including the lever of the Urus' central "TAMBURO," which hosts controls such as the start/stop button and drive-mode selector. A new HMI graphic, with a dedicated design for the Urus Performante, features on both the center console screen and in a large arc across the main display.
Price is $260,676. First customer delivery will come by the end of this year.