Lamborghini Urus Performante Molto Caldo 2023! 10 Details

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  • The 2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante has been revealed as a lighter and sleeker version of the regular Urus.
  • Along with revised styling, the Performante gains 16 horsepower (657 total), loses 104 pounds and rides on steel springs rather than air springs.
  • The $264,671 Urus Performante also has a Rallye drive mode, rear-biased center differential and optional super-sticky Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires.

    As if the Lamborghini Urus wasn’t already a super ute, the newly revealed 2023 Urus Performante aims to kick its street credibility up a notch or two. Now, before anyone gets hyped about adopting the V-12 from the Aventador or the V-10 from the Huracán, pump the brakes. The new Performante variant isn’t a drastic makeover, but rather an upgraded version of an already amazing machine, as we learned first-hand during a prototype test drive. That said, let’s take a look at the parts that separate the ultra Urus from the normal.

    let me see your grille

    Okay, there’s still no confusion between the new Performante and anything other than a Lamborghini Urus. However, it has a restyled cup that remains dedicated to ingesting as much atmosphere as possible. Just look at the surface occupied by its air inlets. It looks like a monster’s mouth. Lamborghini claims the new bumper design improves engine cooling and there is now an air curtain that directs airflow over the front wheels. The hood has also been redesigned, not only to look cooler with deeper cut lines, but also to be more aerodynamic and lighter. The latter comes from its new carbon fiber construction.

    Updated loot

    The aerodynamic improvements don’t stop at the hood either, as the Performante features a specially designed rear wing that Lamborghini claims increases downforce by 38 percent. Its rear bumper and diffuser are also made of carbon fiber and surround a set of standard titanium exhaust tips. Front and rear exterior revisions make it almost 1 inch longer than the regular Urus.

    power bump

    The Performante uses the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as the regular Urus. While both versions produce the same 627 lb-ft of torque, the racy model has an additional 16 horsepower, giving it 657 ponies up from 641. That power continues to flow to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Lamborghini claims the Performante is faster from zero to 62 mph than the regular Urus, beating it by 0.3 seconds. Additionally, its zero-to-124mph time is said to be 1.3 ticks quicker, taking 11.5 seconds.

    Enter rally mode

    The Urus’ eight-speed gearbox has been recalibrated for Performante duty, and the all-wheel-drive system gets a different center differential that sends more torque to the rear. Likewise, the transmission has a new calibration that works in conjunction with the addition of a Rally drive mode, which we were more than happy to try out when driving the prototype. Although we indulged in plenty of oversteer on a gravel-covered off-road course, we have to admit that it would be less appealing if it were our own six-figure SUV.

    Steel braces

    When it comes to performance vehicles, the chassis is just as important as the powertrain, if not more. This is arguably the area where the Performante is most different from the regular Urus, which rides on air suspension. Thanks to a set of steel springs, the Performante sits 0.8 inches lower and its shocks have also been retuned. Its track width also increases by about 0.6 inches, and the standard rear axle steering would kick in quicker and improve cornering response. We were able to experience the Performante’s impressive high-speed performance on a circuit while driving the prototype, but our impressions of its real-world ride quality were limited.

    Stickier shoes

    The Urus Performante comes standard with lightweight 22-inch forged wheels; a set of 23 inch rollers is also optional. What’s even more notable is the available set of super-sticky Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R rubber, which Lamborghini says it helped develop and which are Pirelli’s first semi-slick tires designed for an SUV. With the 22s, they are 285/40 in the front and 325/35 in the rear, with the rears being 10mm wider than on the regular Urus.

    weight loss diet

    If we have any complaints about the Urus – and there are few – it’s that it would benefit from shedding a few pounds. After all, how many supercars weigh over 5,000 pounds? We will wait. Luckily, Lamborghini cut some of the fat from the SUV with the Performante treatment. Sure, it’s claimed to weigh only 104 pounds, but that’s something. The Urus’ diet is largely a result of its new carbon-fiber hood, steel springs (saving 30 pounds on its own), and reduced soundproofing.

    inner work

    There’s not much that separates the Performante’s interior from what’s inside the lesser version. In addition to the standard microsuede cabin materials, it introduces a new hexagonal design for the seat stitching. Other unique elements include color and trim options for areas such as the doors, headliner and seatbacks. Of course, Lamborghini’s Ad Personam program allows customers to further personalize their Urus. Some cool options include matte carbon fiber accents and red door handles.

    record breaker

    Before the 2023 Urus Performante was revealed to the world, a camouflaged version was busy breaking the SUV production record at the famed Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Finishing with a time of 10:32.064, the Lambo was almost 18 seconds faster than the 2018 Bentley Bentayga which previously held the record with a score of 10:49.902. The record performance did not occur at this year’s Pikes Peak event, the feat was verified by the event’s official timekeepers.

    What’s the detail on one of these?

    The 2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante is expected to go on sale by the end of the year and has a hefty starting price of $264,871. That’s nearly $35,000 more than the 2022 Urus, which had a base price of $229,495. Still, the Italian automaker expects the Performante version to account for at least half of all sales. With its impressive upgrades, we can see why, and it’s the version we’d want to park in our garage, if we could afford it.

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