The Urus is already one of the fastest SUVs ever, but Lamborghini isn't resting on its laurels, allegedly.
Motor Trend's Johnny Lieberman recently took to his Instagram (see bottom), saying he's had word from a "well placed source" that Lamborghini is working on an even "higher performance version" of the Urus, though a name hasn't been confirmed.
While Lieberman threw around 'Performante', we doubt the Raging Bull would slap the name of its all-out Huracan-based track monster on the back of a big, heavy SUV.
Our guess is something like 'Evoluzione' or 'S' – the former was actually used for a Dakar-ready version of the Lamborghini LM002 in 1988, which never saw competition due to lack of funding.
Lieberman said the source didn't give him any further details bar the existence of a more focused variant, nor an indication of when such a model might be released.
We can wager, though, the beefed-up Urus will get more power, tweaked suspension, stickier tyres, and potentially parts from the ALA active aerodynamics catalogue for better handling.
Some clues could be taken from the race-ready Urus ST-X concept, which sports a 25% reduction in weight, a big rear wing, a unique exhaust system, and roll cage, which will compete in a one-make race series in Europe and the Middle East from 2020.
Lieberman seems to think this new hi-po model will be separate to the upcoming hybrid version of the Urus, too.
We already know Lamborghini plans to introduce electrification amidst tightening emissions standards, and the Urus is a logical first step given its shared underpinnings with various SUVs in the Volkswagen Group – some of which already offer plug-in hybrid powertrains.
One of those is the Bentley Bentayga Hybrid, which pairs a 250kW 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 hooked up to a 94kW electric motor. Combined outputs are rated at 330kW and 700Nm, good for a 0-100 time of 5.5 seconds. EV driving range, meanwhile, is listed at up to 50km from the 17.3kWh lithium-ion battery.
However, we don't think that's enough power for a Lamborghini, leading us to think a version of the V8 hybrid used in the Porsche Panamera could feature.
The Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid features a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 teamed to an electric motor and battery pack, good for a beefy 500kW and 850Nm.
Given the 'standard' Urus makes 480kW and 850Nm from its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, Lamborghini may bump up the outputs a bit to offset the extra weight of the electric add-ons, though the Panamera's powertrain is more in line with Lamborghini's exotic performance credentials.
In the meantime, we'll have to wait and see what the Raging Bull comes up with. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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Some news: Lamborghini is going to build a higher performance version of the Urus. For lack of a better name, we’ll just call it the Urus Performante, though that’s most certainly not the name. A well placed source recently confirmed the UP’s existence to me. Details? None. We can assume more power, less weight, tweaked suspension, better tires, and since it’s Lambo, some version of their active aero system, ALA. Timeframe? No clue, but I’d expect the Urus P to follow a similar Huracán/Performante cadence. Figure two more years until it shows up. I figure Porsche has to roll out the Cayenne Turbo Coupe GT/GT5 first, and then the high performance Urus can slot in above that thing. There will also be a high output hybrid Urus, but that’s a different vehicle. I hope Lambo also builds a more off road focused variant of the Urus. Why not?? #lamborghini #urus #urusperformante @lamborghini ?????