The most extreme SUV ever built!

Lamborghini took the world by surprise back in 2012 when it unveiled the Urus Concept at Pebble Beach. It was the company’s first utility since the LM002 pickup truck and signaled a new direction for the brand. However, the Urus didn’t become a production model until five years later. Launched in late 2017, it became the fastest and most powerful SUV in the world, boasting performance similar to high-profile sports cars. With the Urus now set to hit public roads in 2018, we’re wondering what other versions are planned for the future. A hybrid model is almost a certainty, but is Lambo also considering a higher performance models? I think it does, and it could be very similar to the Huracan Performante.

Likely to wear the same "Performante" badge, the beefed-up SUV would take the Urus into previously uncharted territory in this segment. With more power, a lighter curb weight, and a chassis tuned for racing, the Urus Performante will be the most extreme production SUV I can think of right now. But will it become more than just a rendering? There’s no official confirmation yet, but I don’t see why Lambo would say no to it. There’s plenty of demand for extreme crossovers right now, as well as plenty of rich folks ready to pay in excess of $200,000 for one. Let’s find out what this SUV might bring to the table in my speculative review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lamborghini Urus Performante.

Exterior

- * Revised grille
- * Bigger front splitter
- * Lowered suspension
- * New side skirts
- * Race-inspired rear diffuser
- * Big rear wing
- * Active aerodynamics
- * Bespoke wheels

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Much like the Huracan, the Urus Performante will be more aggressive

The Performante package will add a few new exterior features to the Urus, but the SUV will remain very similar to the standard model. Much like the Huracan, the Urus Performante will be more aggressive, but don’t expect it to be as menacing as the two-door supercar.

The rendering from X-Tomi Design provides a few hints as to what will change up front. The upper section, including the nose and headlamps will remain unchanged, as will the big grille in the bumper. However, Lamborghini may opt to refinish the body-colored slats in black for a sportier look. The bigger changes will occur below, where the lower apron will extend closer to the ground. The most important addition will be the carbon-fiber splitter. Combined with the lowered suspension, it will give the Urus a mean stance.

Definitely an SUV you don’t want to see in the rear-view mirror.

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The main highlight around back will be the carbon-fiber wing

Onto the sides, changes are pretty predictable, mostly because the SUV won’t get many new features besides revised side skirts and new, exclusive wheels. X-Tomi suggests that the the side sill and wheelarch extensions will be painted in body color, which is very likely and will make the Performante looks less rugged. The side skirt extensions will be made from carbon-fiber, just like the mirror caps. The wheels will probably have a thin, multi-spoke design and will come wrapped in high-performance tires.

Around back, it should get a motorsport-inspired diffuser with larger exhaust pipes. But the main highlight will be the carbon-fiber wing. Due to the SUV’s coupe-like design, Lambo has plenty of room to attach a wing to the decklid instead of a spoiler placed atop the tailgate like on most performance crossovers.

The Urus Performante should also benefit from the Huracan's new aerodynamics system

The Urus Performante should also benefit from the Huracan’s new aerodynamics system called Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA). This system is completely integrated into the vehicle in terms of design, weight and performance. In the Huracan for instance, the front spoiler integrates the electric motor of the front ALA system, built in a carbon-forged frame with active flaps. Of course, the system will have to be modified since the SUV doesn’t have the Huracan’s mid-engined configuration, but Lambo engineers should be able to pull it off.

Another feature that the Urus will borrow from the Huracan Performante is the new system that governs the electronics and activates the ALA in "less than 500 milliseconds." When the ALA is off, the active flaps are closed and the car benefits from high downforce for high-speed cornering and full-brake conditions. When the flaps are opened up by the electric motor, air pressure on the front spoiler is reduced, which also minimizes drag and optimizes the car for maximum acceleration and top speed.

Also, when these flaps are closed, the rear wing acts like a fixed element, enhancing stability for cornering. In this setup, it generates a whopping 750-percent more vertical downforce than the standard Huracan coupe. Of course, this figure will change (and will likely decrease) for the SUV, but the ALA system should make a big difference here as well. By opening the rear flaps, the system directs airflow through the ridges and underneath the wing, which again reduces drag for quicker acceleration and high top speed.

Interior

- * Forged composite alloy elements
- * Alcantara upholstery
- * Custom graphics
- * Telemetry system

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Fighter-Jet-Like Layout
This styling is what separates the Urus from models like the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga, which utilize the same underpinnings
To save more weight, Lambo will replace many of the interior components with its very own "forged composite" alloy

The Urus’ interior shouldn’t change much design-wise in Performante trim. But while it will get the same upholstery and technology features, things should be a bit different when it comes to materials. In order to save more weight, Lambo replaced many of Huracan’s components with its very own "forged composite" alloy, and it’s safe to assume it will do the same in the Urus. Elements that will be upgraded to forged composite alloy should include the A/C vents, gear paddles, door handles, and center console.

Black Alcantara should be standard in the performance SUVs, but customers should be able to add a splash of color via contrast stitching on the steering wheel, dashboard, and floor mats. The "Y" graphics seen on the seats of the Huracan Performante could be offered here too.

On the tech side, the digital displays will be revised to include a few extra features, as well as enhanced customization through the three available driving modes. There should also be a display dedicated to the ALA system, providing information on downforce and drag, as well as how the system works with aero vectoring data. The Lamborghini telemetry system will allow the driver to record, replay, and study performance at the track.

Drivetrain

- * Beefed-up, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8
- * Up to 680 horsepower
- * 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds
- * Upgraded chassis for track duty
- * Nurburgring record attempt

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0-to-62 mph in 3.6 seconds and top speed of 190 mph
AWD and the Aventador’s rear-wheel steering as standard equipment
Expect the engine upgrades to add around 30 extra horses and some 20 extra pound-feet of torque

The drivetrain behind this super SUV is obviously a mystery at this point, but if the Huracan Performante is any indication, the Urus Performante should get a beefed-up version of the standard twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8. Just like in the Huracan, output shouldn’t increase by much. Expect the engine upgrades to add around 30 extra horses and some 20 extra pound-feet of torque over the 650-horsepower and 627-pound-feet rating of the regular model. That’s around 680 horsepower and 650 pound-feet in Performante trim.

It might not sound like much, but if Lambo manages to shave around 100 pounds off the regular model, performance should increase dramatically. Especially with the ALA aerodynamic system. The Urus’ 3.6-second benchmark from 0 to 60 mph should decrease to 3.5 licks (or maybe even 3.4). Top speed is likely to remain unchanged though.

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Active air damper system
Lambo is likely to take the Urus Performance on the Nurburgring for a super fast lap

The upgraded engine will be backed by a new chassis setup. Stiffer springs, bars, and arm bushings should make the suspension better suited for extreme track performance. The SUV should also get variable-ratio dynamic steering, a retuned four-wheel-drive system, and ventilated, cross-drilled carbon-ceramic discs and six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston clamps to the rear.

Lambo is likely to take the Urus Performance on the Nurburgring for a super fast lap. If it happens, it will probably become the quickest SUV ever on the German race track. To do so, it will have to lap the Nordschleife in less than 7:51.7 minutes, a record currently held by the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

Lamborghini Urus Lamborghini Urus Performante
Engine type twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8
Transmission 8-speed automatic gearbox, characteristic depending on drive mode 8-speed automatic gearbox, characteristic depending on drive mode
Horsepower 650 HP @ 6,000 RPM 680 HP
Torque 627 LB-FT @ 2,250 RPM 650 LB-FT
0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) 3.6 seconds 3.4 seconds
Top Speed 190 mph 190 mph

Prices

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Mixes Aventador and Huracan with SUV tradition

The Huracan Performante is nearly 14 percent more expensive than the standard supercar and it’s safe to assume that that the different will somewhat similar for the Urus. With the regular SUV priced from $200,000, the Urus Performante will probably cost at least $230,000 before options.

Competition

As of December 2017, there’s no proper competitor for the Urus Performante. Sure, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is plenty fast and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio holds a juicy Nurburgring record, but unless Ferrari and McLaren unleash their very own SUVs, the Urus Performante will be the most brutal track-prepped SUV out there by far.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

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The company’s first SUV, the Stelvio is also available in Quadrifoglio trim, first launched on the Giulia sedan. Although it doesn’t look as extreme as the Urus on the outside, the Stelvio has a rather exotic appearance and that specific, Italian high-performance vibe. The Quadrifoglio package adds a more aggressive front bumper, a sports diffuser, and a few other cool features, but it doesn’t have the hardcore aerodynamics that the Urus Performante is expected to get. Under the hood of this SUV lurks a twin-turbo, 2.9-liter V-6 engine developed in cooperation with Ferrari. Borrowed from the Giulia Quadrifoglio almost entirely, the unit cranks out 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. It’s obviously not as powerful as the Urus, but it’s only three tenths slower from 0 to 60 mph, a benchmark it achieves in 3.9 clocks. Top speed is rated at 177 mph, 13 mph below the Urus. For now, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio can brag about being the quickest production SUV around the Nurburgring with a 7:51.7-minute lap. Pricing is not yet official, but the Stelvio Q is expected to fetch around $70,000 before options, which will make it significantly more affordable than the Lambo.

Read our full story on the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

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The Porsche Cayenne is already a classic and the latest update brought many 911-inspired features that turned the German SUV into an even more menacing vehicle. Granted, it still looks somewhat generic compared to the Urus, but it’s a good option if you like the more organic design and less aggressive appearance of the 911. The Cayenne also feature a more luxurious interior compared to the Stelvio, which isn’t as fancy as the Urus. The Turbo S is also closer to the Lambo in terms of power and performance, but drivetrain details aren’t available as of December 2017. The outgoing model cranks out 570 horsepower and 500 pound-feet from a twin-turbo, 4.8-liter V-8, so it’s safe to assume that the updated version will deliver close to 600 horses. Expect this SUV to hit 60 mph from a standing start in 3.6 seconds, on its way to a top speed of almost 180 mph. Yup, still not as powerful and fast as the Urus Performante is expect to be. But not as expensive either with a sticker set at $161,600.

Read our full review of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

Bentley Bentayga Speed

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The Bentley Bentayga became the fastest, most luxurious, and most expensive SUV when it was launched at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It’s still the most expansive since it costs more than the Urus, but it’s no longer the fastest. But this may change when Bentley launches the Speed version. While a Supersports variant isn’t very likely, the Speed is definitely in the books, and even though it won’t have the aerodynamics and aggressive looks of the Urus Performante, it will have plenty of power under the hood. The 6.0-liter W-12, rated at 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque in the standard model, will generate at least 650 horses and 700 pound-feet with the "Speed" badge. It probably won’t be as quick as the Urus since the regular version needs four seconds to hit 60 mph and I don’t expect top speed to surpass the 190-mph mark. The regular Bentayga tops out at 187 mph. Pricing-wise, the Bentayga Speed is expected to fetch around $260,000 before options, making it the most expensive rig in this comparison.

Read our speculative story on the 2019 Bentley Bentayga Speed.

Conclusion

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2020 Lamborghini Urus Performante

While it’s not the first performance SUV on the market, the Lamborghini Urus reshapes the segment through its extreme output and performance. The Urus Performante will take things up a notch with a lighter curb weight, a more powerful drivetrain, and a chassis set up for optimum track performance. It’s obviously too early to draw a conclusion here, but unless Ferrari and McLaren decide to jump on the SUV bandwagon, the Urus Performante will probably rule the high-performance crossover market for many years to come.

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    • * Just a rumor for now
    • * Highly expensive

References

Lamborghini Urus

2019 Lamborghini Urus Exterior
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Available off-roading package
Because you’ll surely take your new Lambo off-road, right?

Read our full review on the 2019 Lamborghini Urus.

2012 Lamborghini Urus High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the Lamborghini Urus Concept.

1986 - 1993 Lamborghini LM002 Wallpaper quality Exterior
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Read our full review on the 1986-1993 Lamborghini LM002.

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