Lamborghini Urus Performante Review
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Lamborghini Urus Performante Review


Ever since the first performance-centric SUVs debuted in the early 2000s, manufacturers have been racing to see who can produce the quickest, fastest, best-handling SUV first. 

Plenty have since competed for the throne, including the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, the Aston Martin DBX 707, the BMW X5 M, the Jeep Trackhawk, and the Tesla Model X Plaid. However, in terms of delivering a luxury experience complete with excellent grip, explosive acceleration, minimal body roll, and the ability to hide its mass, one SUV stands out among the batch on the market today: the Lamborghini Urus Performante. 

Keep reading to find out about the Performante’s mind-blowing stats and how you can rent Lamborghini in Miami or Los Angeles.

The Power of the Raging Bull

The name “Urus” is derived from an extinct species of European wild cattle known for its immense strength, size, and aggression. Nearly every Lamborghini model features a name related to bullfighting, but in the case of the Urus, the characteristics it shares with the long-gone animals made the name a perfect fit.

While Lamborghini is known for its V10s and V12s, the Urus is the first to use a V8 in decades, as well as the brand’s first SUV to use a V8 at all, using the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 commonly used in Audi, Porsche, and Bentley models.

That may seem to indicate that the vehicle is, somehow, a toned-down, platform-sharing SUV meant to drive volume sales, but the Urus is every bit as fired up as its namesake. The V8, supplied by parent company Volkswagen, generates a monumental 641 hp, more power in the Urus than any other vehicle.

The Urus Performante Turns Up the Dial

The standard Urus is no performance slouch, able to achieve a 3.6-second 0-60 time and pull north of 1 G in corners. However, Lamborghini has never been known to leave something considered “well enough” alone.

With the Urus Performante, Lamborghini has the final word in track-ready SUVs. The Urus managed to set a record Pikes Peak International Hill Climb time of 10 minutes 32 seconds. It can pull a 0-60 run in 3 seconds flat and 1.08 G around a turn, with 22 cubic feet of cargo space and the ability to seat five. 

Improving on a Performance Giant

Creating a faster super SUV meant Lamborghini was to make key changes to the Urus. They first upped the power from 641 to 657 hp, adding a Torsen center differential to allow for more torque to reach the rear wheels. 

An active rear differential decides which wheel needs more or less power on the fly, and steel springs replace air springs, lowering the ride height by 0.8 inches. Transmission upgrades allow for quicker shifts, and manhole cover-sized 17.3-inch brake disks out front rely on 10-piston calipers to bring the track-ready beast to a stop. 

The Performante is 104 pounds lighter than the standard Urus thanks to its increased usage of carbon fiber and titanium, bringing its curb weight below 5,000 pounds, and by improving the aerodynamics of the Urus through the Performante, engineers have managed to reduce both lift and drag. Turn-in is sharp and predictable, and 4-wheel steering keeps the turning radius as tight as vehicles with far shorter wheelbases. 

The result of all of these upgrades is an SUV that takes the already impressive performance of the base Urus model and ramps things up significantly. The ride may be a bit harsh thanks to the switch to steel springs from air springs, but drivers looking for the most extreme performance SUV will probably happily overlook such concessions.

Behind the Wheel

Inside a Urus Performante rental in Los Angeles, the interior can seem surprisingly “normal” for a hyper-exotic car. The infotainment screen, climate vents, window switches, and seating position all seem downright rational, but the more the driver explores the details of the cockpit, the more the Performante’s true nature begins to show.

The start button, for example, is hidden under a red cover as if it were the ignition to a fighter jet. The steering wheel and seats are covered in grippy Alcantara, carbon fiber is everywhere else, and Lamborghini’s raging bull emblem sits proudly in the middle of the wheel. All questions about the Performante’s intentions are answered as soon as the engine springs to life. 

Contrary to what you’ve heard about turbocharged engines having more muted exhaust notes, it seems that Lamborghini has attached loudspeakers to the twin-turbo V8. No one will have to wonder where the sounds of luxury-encased power are coming from.

Lamborghini Urus Performante Rental in Los Angeles

Falcon Car Rental specializes in providing drivers just like you with a luxury car rental in Los Angeles or Miami: specifically, Lamborghini rentals in those areas. 

The Urus Performante is a monster of an SUV and is the best way for a driving enthusiast to take four people along for a high-speed ride in these lively locales, so when you’re ready to experience the ultimate track-focused SUV, contact Falcon Car Rental. There’s a Lamborghini Urus Performante rental in LA just waiting for you.


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