Arms races inevitably lead to the creation of overpowered weapons systems. That principle also applies to high-performance SUVs, such as the Lamborghini Urus Performante. Lamborghini began work on it well ahead of the introduction of the Aston Martin DBX 707 and the announcement of the upcoming Ferrari Purosangue, so the Performance technically isn’t a response to either. But the turned-up Urus is aimed at the same crowd: cash-flush buyers who aren’t satisfied with merely fast and want to skip straight to the fastest.

Mechanical improvements over the regular Urus are more about responses than straight-line speed. The twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 here produces 657 horsepower, a 16-hp increase, while the torque peak of 627 lb-ft remains unchanged. The engine now exhales through an even raspier sport exhaust, and throttle mapping has been sharpened in all drive modes.

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