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The Lamborghini Urus Performante is a super SUV made better

A carbon-fiber diet and performance upgrade raise the bar further

We have a feeling this is going to be the first of many special editions to come out. PHOTO FROM LAMBORGHINI

When news seemingly came out of nowhere that an upcoming Lamborghini Urus set the record for fastest SUV at Pikes Peak (setting a time of 10:32.06) two weeks ago, it left many wondering if this would be the second iteration of the company’s best-selling vehicle.

Fortunately, the base Urus lives to see another day, as we’re getting an angrier, lighter and faster variant of the super SUV called the Urus Performante, which was revealed last week during the Monterey Car Week.

Someone at Lamborghini decided that the Urus was not angry-looking enough. PHOTO FROM LAMBORGHINI

The most obvious changes can be found on the outside. More aggressive kit with oodles of carbon fiber bits and revised vents for improved cooling, and a new rear spoiler with fins inspired by the Aventador SVJ (which increases downforce by 38%) result in a body that’s 25mm longer, 16mm wider, and lighter by 47kg.

The air suspension is swapped out for steel springs, lowering the stance by 20mm. Underneath the carbon-fiber wheel arches are 22-inch forged wheels shod by semi-slick Pirelli P Zero rubber made especially for this vehicle.

It also comes with an Akrapovič sports exhaust as standard, but you can fit optional 23-inch rollers for more bling and a carbon-fiber roof if you want to go that extra mile for weight savings (or if you just want to show off).

Still gorgeous, admittedly. PHOTO FROM LAMBORGHINI

Power is increased by 16hp (to 657hp), and torque remains the same at 850Nm, but the vehicle’s handling, aerodynamics, and weight-oriented changes make up for the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8’s modest power improvement.

It now sprints to 100km/h in 3.3 seconds. It can come to a dead stop from 100km/h in just 32.9m, and the top speed is still bloody fast at 306km/h. It also introduces a Rally mode, which allows you to have more fun with your super SUV off the beaten path. Just be sure to swap out those semi-slicks for proper all-terrain tires.

Lamborghini didn't need to do much to this crazy cockpit in the first place. PHOTO FROM LAMBORGHINI

The cockpit doesn’t get many changes though, with black Alcantara upholstery with a hexagonal stitching pattern on the seats, and a new graphic for the infotainment system. But if that’s not your thing, you can option your cabin with different trims and materials via the automaker’s Ad Personam personalization program.

And the cost? Be prepared to shell out at least €218,487 (P12.3 million) for one of these, and the first customer deliveries are expected to commence toward the end of 2022.

Sam Surla

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