Lamborghini Urus

At the Heart of the Lamborghini Urus is a twin turbocharged V8 engine displacing 4.0L and making 641 horsepower. This engine is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission sending power to all-four wheels offering the best power-to-weight ratio in the SUV segment. Braking is handled by enormous carbon ceramic disc brakes front and rear, allowing the big SUV to stop in sports car-like distances. Acceleration as expected, is incredibly rapid, with 0-60 mph achievable in well under 4 seconds, while Lamborghini claims that the Urus is capable of travelling 190 mph flat out. And while those all sound like supercar numbers, the Urus also has several different off road modes, along with air springs at all four corners that can raise the ride height of the vehicle for traversing tricky terrain.

Lamborghini doesn't really offer different trim levels on the Urus, instead giving buyers a plethora of options to customize their Urus exactly as they want it. This feeling of customization carries over into the driving experience through Lamborghini's drive mode selector, which features no fewer than three on road settings and three off road settings, as well as a personalization setting that allows drivers to mix and match various drive modes. A few of these featured modes include Sport, Strada and the firmest setting Corsa. This Corsa setting is best for track or your smoothest continental roads. You will also find the Urus equipped with four-wheel steering, increasing its agility, stability and reduces the turning circle at low speeds.

Some of the plentiful options available to style the Urus include a choice of four different wheel types, ranging in size from the standard 21-inches all the way up to 23-inches, brake calipers that can be painted one of six different colors, a panoramic sunroof, carbon fiber body pieces around the bottom of the car, or over the fenders and exhaust tips that can be ordered in bright chrome, satin chrome or matte black.

Inside buyers are presented with a ton of upholstery options. Single or multicolor leather seats can be ordered in a variety of hues with contrasting stitching if so desired, while a more luxurious "Elegante Leather" option also exists with its own color palette. Of course, some buyers prefer something a little less slipper for serious track work, so the single or multi-color options can also be ordered with Alcantara rather than leather to provide a little more grip.

The choice of materials continues to the steering wheel which can be ordered with suede, perforated leather or just plain leather as well. The dashboard and surrounding area can be trimmed in either carbon fiber or wood, with several options there as well including an extremely handsome stained black wood option.

Electronic interior feature packages are similarly exotic, with an available night vision package to aid night driving using an infrared camera that displays its output next to the speedometer. A hands free tailgate can be opened by kicking a foot under the rear bumper, while a heads up display projects vital information such as speed and RPM on the windshield. A Bang & Olufson premium audio system and rear entertainment package highlight this already tech packed vehicle.

Standard advanced driver assistance technology include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision mitigation and rear-cross traffic alert as well as lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist.

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Editors' First Take

Sharp and fast and aggressive-looking as it is, the Lamborghini Urus is actually kind of tame. Like, too tame. Thankfully, the new Performante gives the Urus a harder edge, elevating its performance to a level you'd be hard pressed to find in any other SUV.

The changes start with a healthy diet. The Performante is 104 pounds lighter than the also-new Urus S, with things like a carbon fiber roof and hood, lightweight wheels and a titanium exhaust contributing to this major weight-savings. The Performante also ditches the SUV's standard air suspension and replaces it with fixed steel springs, giving more consistent cornering characteristics, though the ride quality is slightly worse for the wear. Combine that with 0.6-inch wider front and rear tracks, an 0.8-inch lower ride height and super-grippy Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires, and the Urus Performante exhibits noticeable improvements in both balance and grip.

Around the 2.5-mile main circuit at Italy's Autodromo Vallelunga, the Urus Performante absolutely rips. The steering is appropriately weighted and never darty, letting you neatly tuck the Urus' nose into tight corners while the rear-axle steering and improved torque vectoring help push the SUV's rump through each turn. The new Torsen center differential sends more torque to the rear than it does in the standard Urus, and lateral grip is fantastic thanks to the more active side-to-side power shuffle.

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