TThe 2023 Lamborghini Urus SUV has been given the Performante treatment, with the fastest new variant revealed this week at Monterey Car Week.
The variant has yet to be confirmed for Australia, but the 2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante just set the record for a production SUV at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, beating the Bentley Bentayga’s 2018 record by 17.838 seconds.
The existing Urus’ twin-turbocharged V8 engine has been massaged to 490kW/850Nm, propelling the Urus Performante to a top speed of 306km/h. The beefed-up V8 breathes through a titanium Akropovic exhaust.
Meanwhile, a weight reduction of 47 kilograms gives the Urus Performante a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of 228kW per tonne. However, the homologation of Chinese domestic market vehicles means that the vehicles sold in China are reduced to 470 kW.
New composite panels, including an optional carbon fiber roof, provide the weight savings of the Urus, and a new front fascia provides additional cooling properties. At the side, there are new air curtains to smooth airflow over the front wheels, directing air towards the newly designed rear spoiler, which provides a 38 per cent increase in rear downforce.
The Lamborghini Urus Performante is cornered by 22-inch, or optional 23-inch, forged wheels mounted on a 16-millimeter-wider track with steel springs that lower the ride height by 20mm.
Lamborghini also offers newly developed Urus-specific Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R semi-slick tyres, which provide high grip in the dry at higher ambient temperatures, with increased grip on wet and cold surfaces.
Rear-wheel steering is aided by a torque-vectoring rear differential that works both on-road and off-road.
Speaking of which, the high-riding Urus won’t be tackling Cape York’s Old Telegraph Track, but it does offer a new Rally drive mode that emphasizes an oversteer character on loose surfaces. The Strada (comfort), Sport and Corsa (race) driving modes are maintained.
Inside the cabin, the new hexagonal Performante trim proliferates on black cosmos black Alcantara upholstery as standard. Leather is available as an option, with further color and trim options offered alongside many Performante-specific options, not to mention Lamborghini’s Ad Personam program. The Urus Performante also gains new variant-specific instrument graphics.
The first deliveries to international customers are expected before the end of the year. Lamborghini Australia has been contacted for further clarification on local pricing and timing.