The Urus Performante Lands In India

It can hit 100kmph from nothing in 3.3 seconds and clock 306kmph flat out.

It was in August this year when Lamborghini first unveiled the Urus Performante. And now, the new derivative has landed in India wearing a price tag of INR 4.22 crore. Compared to the standard Urus, the Performante is lighter, more aerodynamic and more powerful. In fact, the newcomer set a record for the production SUV category at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event earlier this year. It smashed the previous record holder’s (Bentley Bentayga) record by nearly 18 seconds, covering the 20km stretch, with 156 corners, in 10 minutes and 32.064 seconds.

The Lamborghini Urus Performante uses the same basic engine as the standard SUV, but with extra punch. The 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 produces 657hp/850Nm, which goes to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. That setup can propel the SUV to 100kmph from a standstill in 3.3 seconds, while the top speed is 306kmph. A new differential, which Lamborghini says is more efficient in distributing torque, plays a crucial role on the move.

More oomph aside, the Urus Performante is also lighter on its heels compared to the standard Urus. That comes courtesy of more extensive use of composite materials, such as bonnet, front bumper, splitter, lower rear bumper, spoiler and diffuser, all made from lightweight carbon fibre. Lamborghini has even equipped the new derivative with a titanium exhaust system, which adds to the weight saving.

Because of the redesigned front and rear ends, the Urus Performante measures 25mm longer than the standard SUV. But there’s more to that than just extra length. The redesigned front air curtain, for instance, not only improves engine cooling but also decreases aerodynamic drag. At the back, the spoiler helps increase downforce by 38 per cent. And thanks to the new springs at all four corners, the Urus Performante rides 20mm lower and has a 16mm wider track.

The story inside the cabin remains mostly unchanged in terms of features. But the upholstery is now Nero Cosmus black Alcantara, while the seats feature a new hexagonal pattern. As for the trim, that’s finished in black anodised aluminium. The options list includes a leather interior and different colour and trim options for the door and the headliner. And yes, Lamborghini’s Ad Personam department offers a plethora of customisation options.

The Lamborghini Urus Performante takes the fight to the likes of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT and the Aston Martin DBX707, which was launched in India last month. Lamborghini has already given the Urus a mid-life update, which should land in India in the coming months.

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