In the world of fast cars, race tracks are where they prove how good or bad they are. The Lamborghini Urus Performante shows its speed and accuracy on the Hockenheim Circuit against sport cars who should have no problem being faster.
The Urus surprisingly clocked a 1:55.8 lap time at the Hockenheim Circuit in Germany, beating the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster by a tenth of a second, and also outperformed the 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 by almost 1.1 seconds.
Outrunning Sport Coupes
This high-octane test was undertaken by the adept team at sport auto, who shared an intriguing revelation. The Urus Performante didn’t just eclipse the Aston Martin; it also outperformed the 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 despite being substantially heavier. The Urus Performante is an excellent example of brilliant engineering. It shows that power, weight, and control can be combined perfectly to create a vehicle that performs very well and is also exciting to drive. Interestingly, the Urus Performante shares its mechanical DNA with the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT. Indeed build on the same Volkswagen Group MLB Evo also shared with the Audi Q8, Bentley Bentayga, and VW Touareg. However, this familial resemblance doesn’t extend to the lap times.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT: The Winning Cousin
The German Porsche outpaces its Italian cousin by approximately 0.7 seconds (1.55,1 min), earning it the distinction of being the fastest SUV tested by Sport Auto at Hockenheim. Despite sharing a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that outputs 627 lb-ft of torque, the Cayenne Turbo GT falls a bit short in terms of horsepower, producing 631 hp compared to the Urus Performante’s impressive 666 hp.
For speed aficionados, it’s worth mentioning that the fastest vehicle to complete the Hockenheim circuit is the McLaren Senna, which accomplished the feat in a staggering 1 minute and 49 seconds, followed closely by the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series with a time of 1:43.3. That is 10+ seconds faster than the SUVs.
Lamborghini Urus Performante: The Anatomy of Speed
The Lamborghini Urus Performante is indeed a marvel. Despite sharing the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 drivetrain with the original Urus, the Performante variant is tuned to produce a staggering 666 horsepower, a gain of almost 16 more horses. Not only does it pack more power, but it also sheds almost 47 kilograms (104 pounds), enhancing its agility and performance. Combined with the advantage of all-wheel drive, the Urus Performante exhibits superior traction, particularly in corners. This proved to be a significant edge over the rear-wheel-drive Aston Martin Vantage Roadster.
The Urus Performante’s advantage in traction and power helped it get off the line quicker and attack corners more confidently, eventually leading to its unexpected victory.