2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante debuts as lighter, quicker SUV

Updated Aug 22, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The automaker describes it as the extreme version of the Urus.  

Building on what has been its most successful model in history, Lamborghini has unleashed the 2023 Urus luxury SUV in Performante trim, which has gone through a weight-loss regimen while packing more power under the hood. 

The Lamborghini Urus Performante debuts

“The Urus Performante takes the supreme performance and distinctive looks of Lamborghini’s ground-breaking Super SUV to the next level retaining its luxurious versatility and delivering the most engaging driving experience,” said Lamborghini Chairman & CEO Stephan Winkelmann. “The Urus SUV sets the bar even higher for the SUV segment.”

In addition to its place as Lamborghini’s first-ever SUV and the best-selling model in its lineup, the Urus also conquered the 20-kilometer Pikes Peak Hill Climb with a new record for SUVs a week before the Performante trim level premiered. The standard model clocked in at 10 minutes and 32 seconds, beating the 10 minutes 49.9 seconds time set by the Bentley Bentayga in 2018.

Exterior        

While the regular Urus measures 5,113mm, 2017mm wide, and 1,638mm on a 3,002mm wheelbase, the new trim stands 24mm longer with a marginal wheelbase increase of 4mm. However, the Performante is also 9mm narrower and sits 20mm closer to the ground, all while being 47 kilograms lighter than the standard model.  

Lamborghini Urus Performante yellow and green

It builds on the formula of Lamborghini's most successful model to date

The exterior has been largely retained, with notable design updates. On the fascia for instance, the Urus Performante adopts more streamlined slats on the grille, accompanied by a revised front splitter made of carbon fiber. These are complemented by a new air curtain that directs airflow over the front wheels. 

But the more noticeable enhancement can be found on the revised bumper and redesigned hood, now sporting air vents on either side and forged from carbon fiber. Even the roof is now offered in the material as an option, while the new rear roof spoiler with carbon fiber fins contributes 38 percent more downforce. 

Lamborghini Urus Performante green rear

Updated aero bits produce up to 38 percent more downforce

The Urus Performante hugs the ground on either 22-inch forged or 23-inch alloy wheels secured by titanium bolts and wrapped in specially developed semi-slick radials by Pirelli.

Interior              

Accommodations aboard the Urus Performante entail Nero Cosmus black Alcantara material with hexagonal stitching on the seats and Performante trim throughout. Further bespoke details when it comes to color and trim options are available with Lamborghini’s Ad Personam customization service. 

Lamborghini Urus Performante interior

Carbon fiber materials extend to the interior  

An optional Dark Package extends the matte black treatment to other areas of the cabin, complementing the black Alcantara leather steering wheel and aluminum interior trim.        

Tech & Safety  

The carbon fiber dashboard is still inhabited by the digital instrument cluster and touchscreen central display, both showing off the new human-machine interface (HMI) design. An extensive array of connected navigation services is offered including Online Smart Routing, Traffic Light Information, Local Hazard Information, 3D City View, and Google Voice Search. The onboard maps get over-the-air updates as well.

Lamborghini Urus Performante seats

Performante branding is present on the seat bolsters

A number of safety features are standard in the Urus Performante, including eight airbags, Speed Alert, Geofencing Alert, Valet Alert, Anti-theft Notification, and Online Roadside Assistance. Car finder and remote lock/unlock functions are likely enabled through smartphone connectivity.

Engine & Drivetrain        

Powering the Urus Performante is the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 gasoline engine with direct injection found on the current Urus, with the power unit tweaked to produce 657 hp. Torque remains at 850 Nm, now distributed more efficiently with a new differential. The Urus Performante can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds, beating the standard Urus by a one-thirds of a second. An 8-speed automatic gearbox works with all-wheel-drive that features front, center, and rear differentials. 

Lamborghini Urus Performante drive modes

Standard drive modes are now accompanied by a new Rally selection

Both the front and rear steering have been enhanced for quicker response. The three drive modes comprising Strada (Street), Sport, and Corsa (Race) have been re-engineered to give drivers flexibility in adapting to various driving conditions, accompanied by a new Rally option for dirt environments. 

Price

The 2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante is available for $260,676 (around Php 14.6 million), with deliveries expected to commence by the end of 2022. 

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Know more about Lamborghini Urus 2022

Lamborghini Urus

The Lamborghini Urus 2022 is a midsize luxury crossover SUV from the Italian supercar manufacturer. It is available in the Philippines in one variant with a negotiable price of Lamborghini Urus 2022 Philippines depending on the dealership. Under the hood, this SUV is powered by a 4.0-liter V8 gasoline engine capable of generating 641 horsepower and 850 Nm of torque. It is connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission, sending power to all four wheels (AWD). This powertrain has a top speed rated at 305 km/h and an acceleration 

Dimensions-wise, the Urus spans 5,112 mm in length, 2,016 mm in width (2,181 mm including mirrors), and 1,638 mm in height, with a ground clearance of 3,003 mm. In the local market, this Lamborghini SUV is competing against the likes of the Porsche Cayenne, Audi RS Q8, and Aston Martin DBX.

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