Lamborghini Urus Performante | Image: Lamborghini

Lamborghini Urus Performante is Basically a Supercar on Stilts

The Urus can claim to be the most significant Lamborghini ever made due to single-handedly establishing the super SUV segment and setting the cash registers ringing for the Italian brand. Hence, to keep the automotive icon’s momentum going, the faster and angrier Urus Performance cranks up the volume to eleven with its set of numerous upgrades. Revealed at the Monterey Car Week in California, the Urus Performante also signals the end of the non-hybrid Lamborghini, with forthcoming models all set to have some sort of electrification to go with the times.

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Lamborghini Urus Performante | Image: Lamborghini

Lamborghini Urus Performante | Image: Lamborghini

Back to the monstrous green Urus Performante and it seems Lamborghini has basically dipped its SUV in carbon fibre, most notably with the new lightweight engine bonnet, new front bumper with more angular cuts and even the roof being, you guessed it, carbon fibre. The sharper styling brings in more aerodynamics and the redesigned rear spoiler also increases downforce by 38 per cent. The Performante is also 20 mm lower than the ‘standard’ Urus along with a wider track that bumps up the figure by 16 millimetres. New optional 23-inch or forged 22-inch lightweight wheels with titanium bolts and specially developed Pirelli tyres also round up the design changes.

Inside, it’s a bit more sombre with the singular focus on driving with minimal distractions but the cockpit is all Alcantara while Lambo’s signature hexagonal seat stitching design is also here. Elsewhere, the HMI gets new graphics exclusive to the Performante while the Ad Personam customization program lets you spec additional upgrades including interior matt carbon fibre details, red door handles, and a customized kickplate with Ad Personam logo.

Lamborghini Urus Performante | Image: Lamborghini

Lamborghini Urus Performante | Image: Lamborghini

With the weight down by 47 kg, the twin-turbo 4.0-litre V-8 has also been upgraded to squeeze out more power with a stratospheric 666 PS/850Nm. The 0-100 km/h time has been shaved to 3.3 seconds plus the top speed is a supercar-bothering 306 km/h. The wider track, bespoke Pirelli P Zero tyres and a new differential bring its razor-sharp handling further closer to replicating a supercar.

For some more fun, the Urus Performante now has an additional ‘Rally’ drive mode which lets you channel your inner McRae on some dirt tracks. Despite the list of extensive upgrades, the price hike is a modest 15 per cent over the standard Urus and hence, it makes choosing the Performante version a bit of a no-brainer. For Australian audiences, the price tag is unsurprisingly steep, with the new Lamborghini Urus Performante listed at AUD$465,876, with first arrivals expected to arrive in Q2 of 2023.

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Lamborghini Urus Performante | Image: Lamborghini

Lamborghini Urus Performante | Image: Lamborghini

Lamborghini Urus Performante | Image: Lamborghini

Lamborghini Urus Performante | Image: Lamborghini

Lamborghini Urus Performante | Image: Lamborghini

Lamborghini Urus Performante | Image: Lamborghini

Lamborghini Urus Performante | Image: Lamborghini

Lamborghini Urus Performante | Image: Lamborghini

Lamborghini Urus Performante | Image: Lamborghini

Lamborghini Urus Performante | Image: Lamborghini

Lamborghini Urus Performante | Image: Lamborghini

Lamborghini Urus Performante | Image: Lamborghini

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Somnath Chatterjee

Somnath Chatterjee is an experience car journalist and automotive expert. His supercar reviews, interviews and industry features have appeared in global publications such as Upscale living, Robb Report and Yahoo Lifestyle Asia. Somnath specialises in luxury and lifestyle-oriented features with a focus on automobiles, aviation and luxury. He also holds a Post Graduate in International Business from the University of Dehli.