2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante: The Jalopnik Evaluate

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2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante: The Jalopnik Evaluate
2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante: The Jalopnik Evaluate


Lamborghinis are supposed to be wild, unique and aggressive. They’re not alleged to be sensible or comfy – or no less than they weren’t till Lamborghini launched the Urus SUV.

My beef with the Urus (aside from its seems to be) has at all times been that it felt extra like a standard German SUV than a Huracan or Aventador. So when the model introduced the extra hardcore Urus Performante, I had hopes that it might bridge this hole.

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Spoiler alert: It doesn’t.

Full Disclosure: Lamborghini wished me to drive the 2023 Urus Performante so badly, they’d an organization drop one off at my home for a weekend with a full tank of gasoline.

The engine compartment of the 2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante

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The Urus Performante is an unimaginable machine with completely bonkers seems to be and stellar street manners. In some ways, it’s the whole lot you’d need from a 657-hp ultra-SUV. However crucially, it nonetheless doesn’t really feel prefer it got here from Sant’Agata.

Like the common Urus, the Performante is predicated on the Volkswagen Group MLB Evo platform which is shared with the Audi Q7/Q8, Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg. Its engine can be not distinctive to the Urus, however the Audi-derived twin-turbo V8 is such a sweetheart that it’s straightforward to let this slide. The Performante has a retuned model of Audi’s eight-speed computerized transmission, too. The spotlight of the powertrain is the Performante’s distinctive (and customary) titanium Akrapovic exhaust, which not solely lets the engine breathe, however makes for an epic roar. The Performante additionally comes with all-wheel drive, however has extra aggressive differentials than, say, an Audi Q8 with Quattro.

Two titanium exhaust tips on the 2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante

From Estonia, with love.
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Whereas the Performante’s drivetrain is kind of equivalent to the Urus S, the chassis sees some sizable modifications. The most important one is the transfer away from an air suspension to a steel-coil-spring setup. This will seem to be a step backwards on a costlier automobile, however along with making the trip peak 0.86 inches decrease than the Urus S, the metal springs behave extra persistently, making the SUV simpler to drive on the restrict.

This transfer has the drawback of constructing the Performante barely much less plush than the Urus S on the street, however the trip remains to be shockingly good (pun supposed) for one thing this performance-focused. The Performante’s observe can be 0.6 inches wider than the bottom automobile which has the advantage of making the SUV extra secure in corners. Different chassis modifications embody wheels which are 14 kilos lighter than the these on the Urus S, in addition to huge carbon-ceramic brakes in any respect 4 corners. The entrance rotors are an virtually ridiculous 17.3 inches in diameter, and the rears measure 14.6 inches with 10-piston and single-piston calipers, respectively.

The 23-inch wheel on a 2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante

That’s a 23-inch wheel, for reference.
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Lamborghini went a great distance to assist the comparatively porcine Urus shed weight for the Performante trim. Along with the aforementioned wheels, the overall 108-pound weight financial savings comes from the in depth use of carbon fiber in locations just like the hood, entrance fenders and an elective carbon roof. With out driving the 2 Urus fashions again to again, I can’t definitively say that this food plan makes a distinction, however given the Performante’s 4,739-pound curb weight, I’m inclined to say no.

The place the reworked carbon physique panels do make a distinction is in the way in which the Performante seems to be. The decrease stance, mixed with the vented carbon hood and carbon overfenders, make the Urus look much less like a half-baked Mansory-derived nightmare and extra like a cohesive design effort. It’s not fairly or elegant by any means, however I personally discover it to be much less of an eyesore. Lamborghini claims that the brand new bodywork is nice for a 38-percent enhance in downforce over the Urus S, however as with the burden loss, it’s not one thing you’re more likely to discover off-track.

The underside of the carbon fiber hood of the 2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante

These are actual vents within the carbon fiber hood.
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Contained in the Performante, issues begin getting a bit of extra promising. As you’d anticipate, this racy variant will get all types of added Alcantara all over the place from the dashboard to the seats to the bizarre, paddle-like reverse gear selector lever. The impact is fairly “Lamborghini” in that that is the automobile’s finest hyperlink to the Huracan and Aventador. The Performante-specific seats appear to be they’re going to be super-aggressive, supportive however in the end uncomfortable, however fortunately, this isn’t the case, even after lengthy stints caught in visitors. Nonetheless, the actual fact stays: Nothing within the Performante’s cabin feels prefer it belongs in a automobile that prices north of $300,000.

The remainder of the ergonomics are a little bit of a combined bag. Whereas the driving force’s seat affords loads of adjustment to maintain my head off the headliner (no imply feat with me being 6-foot-4), taller passengers aren’t so fortunate. Additional, even 5-foot-8 rear passengers discover themselves missing headroom. The cargo space is first rate, no less than, at 21.7 cubic-feet, particularly given the Urus’ aggressively sloping roofline.

The driver's cockpit of the 2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante

It’s extra Audi than something, but it surely’s nonetheless a pleasant place to be if you happen to don’t take into consideration the value.
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Contemplating the Urus’ Audi-based roots, the electronics bundle is fairly good – one main benefit of this platform-sharing. The MMI-based infotainment system affords Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the Bowers & Wilkins stereo is fairly good, if not spectacular, and is mainly the identical unit present in different high-end Audis like the RS 6 Avant. The infotainment system total is fairly responsive, however the Lamborghini-designed pores and skin over Audi’s {hardware} doesn’t actually make issues higher in any manner.

Being so intently tied to an Audi platform, the security tech within the Urus Performante is best than what you’d usually discover in a Lamborghini. Issues like adaptive cruise management, computerized emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and energetic lane-keep help are customary.

The Audi MMI-based infotainment screen in the 2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante

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So, whereas the Urus Performante is manner, manner higher on the street than I anticipated it might be, I can’t think about why you’d purchase one. Sadly for the Urus, autos just like the Audi RS Q8 and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid supply related efficiency for lots much less cash, and whereas these gained’t make you are feeling like a Lamborghini driver, neither will the Urus, particularly if you happen to’ve pushed one thing like a Huracan.

My check automobile is as near a super Performante spec as I might ask for, with its pearl white paint, darkish inside and upgraded wheels. However with a sticker worth of $313,880 together with a $1,300 gasoline guzzler tax and a $3,995 vacation spot price, it simply doesn’t do it for me, at the same time as somebody who loves Lamborghini. In case you completely need to have a Raging Bull on the hood of your loved ones hauler, the Urus Performante is a blazingly quick and competent SUV that can work in all climate, and appears like nothing else on the street. Simply don’t anticipate it to really feel like a correct Italian unique.

rear three quarter view of a white 2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante

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front view of a white 2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante

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The rear view of a white 2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante

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