Longer, wider, lower, lighter and more powerful.
Now that Bugatti’s responsibility has been handed over to Mate Rimac, Stephan Winkelmann can full-time focus on churning out more Lamborghini models, just like he did with Bugatti. Not too long ago, there was the Huracan Tecnica, which will be joined by the Huracan Sterrato later this year. In the meantime, we have the Urus Performante to talk about. That’s right, the Pikes Peak record-setting Urus was none other than the Urus Performante. European prices start at €218,487.
In the future, will there be Urus EVO, Urus STO and Urus Tecnica as well? Well, I guess it’s too early to talk about any of those, so let’s talk about the star of the show here, the Urus Performante. Visually, it wears a more aggressive bodykit compared with the regular Urus we have seen so far, all with an aim to make the Urus even more aerodynamic. The new front bumper has been designed to channel air into the engine bay more efficiently. The bonnet also features air outlets this time around, and as an option, it can be painted partially to show off that naked carbon fibre in the middle.
As an option, the roof can also be specced in full carbon fibre. At the rear, there’s a new spoiler at the top, which is claimed to increase the rear downforce by 38%. Also, notice the air curtains at the rear as well. The new diffuser is also made of carbon fibre, housing a lightweight titanium Akrapovič sports exhaust system as standard. Thanks to extensive usage of lightweight materials including carbon fibre, the Urus Performante claims a weight saving of 47 kg (104 lbs).
New steel springs lower the Performante’s chassis by 20 mm. As standard, the so-called “Super SUV” rides on forged 22-inch lightweight wheels with titanium bolts and wrapped with Pirelli P Zero tires, while there’s an option to go for larger 23-inch ones.
For those interested to know the dimensions, the Urus Performante measures 5,137 mm long (+25 mm), 2,026 mm wide (+10 mm) excluding mirrors, and 1,618 mm tall (-20 mm). Of course, the wheelbase remains unchanged at 3,003 mm.
Inside, the cockpit features Nero Cosmus black Alcantara as standard with a new hexagonal seat stitching design. But of course, the Ad Personam customization options are gonna be available with carbon fibre accents, red door handles and custom door sills. But most importantly, there’s a new ‘Rally’ mode that is apparently designed for dirt tracks. The anti-roll and damping systems are specifically tuned for this mode.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the 4.0L V8 biturbo motor pumps out 490 kW (666 metric hp) here, 12 kW (16 metric hp) more than in the regular Urus, while the torque remains the same at 850 Nm (627 lb-ft). Transmission remains to be an 8-speed automatic. However, there’s a new rear differential, with a ratio increase from 3.16 to 3.4 in drive conditions and from 3.02 to 3.33 when coasting.
As for official performance figures, 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time is 3.3 seconds (-0.3 seconds), 0-200 km/h (124 mph) sprint time is 11.5 seconds (-1.3 seconds), and the top speed is 306 km/h (190 mph) which is only a km/h increase.