The Lamborghini Urus Performante has made its global premiere, with the Italian automaker saying its pinnacle SUV sets a “new benchmark” for “fun-to-drive” super-SUV performance. 

Urus Performante

For the Urus Performante, the Raging Bull brand has increased the outputs of the standard model’s 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 by 12 kW to a devilish 666 CV … or 490 kW! Torque is rated at 850 Nm (available from 2 300 r/min to 4 500 r/min). (A lightweight titanium Akrapovič sports exhaust system provides the soundtrack.)

“It takes to the road as a lightweight, honed athlete”

Lamborghini says this allows its new apex SUV to sprint to the three-figure marker from a standstill in 3.3 seconds, a figure that matches the claimed 0-100 km/h sprint time of the world’s most powerful luxury SUV, the Aston Martin DBX707 (read our launch review of the pinnacle DBX here). Applying the brakes at the 100 km/h marker, the Urus Performante is brought to a halt in 32.9 metres. 

Urus Performante

The Performante-badged Urus tips the scales at 47 kg less than the standard derivative, thanks to several weight-saving measures. The Sant’Agata Bolognese-based brand says this gives the new model a “best-in-class” power-to-weight ratio. 

The Urus Performante has an increased length (up by 25 mm) and width (up by 16 mm). The ground clearance is 20 mm less. Carbon-fibre wheel arches house 22-inch forged lightweight alloy wheels (23-inch items are optional) wrapped in Pirelli P Zero rubber. The standard wheels’ fore and aft tyres measure 285/40 and 325/35 in size, respectively. 

For the Performante, Lamborghini has also recalibrated the front-wheel steering and re-engineered the driving modes. The firm says the driver can select the “perfect” set-up for every environment. And the company does mean “every environment”… In addition to Strada, Sport, and Corsa driver’s settings, the Urus Performante offers an off-road mode, Rally. 

“The Urus Performante takes to the road as a lightweight, honed athlete. Its muscular stance, distinctive design, V8 twin-turbo powerplant and lightweight sports exhaust establish it through sight, sound and experience as the most exciting contender on every road, track and loose surface. This is a super sports car driver’s SUV,” said Rouven Mohr, Chief Technical Officer at Automobili Lamborghini.