Italian exotic auto manufacturer Lamborghini took the world by total surprise when they announced that the company would produce a high performance SUV. First unveiled in concept form at the Beijing Auto Show in April 2012 and shown at Pebble Beach later that year, the Lamborghini Urus was set to combine Lamborghini performance and styling, with SUV practicality and off-road ability. Over five years after Lamborghini unveiled the Urus Concept, the finished production Urus was officially unveiled in December 2017, at Lamborghini’s Sant’AgataBolognese headquarters.
The Lamborghini Urus is Lamborghini’s first off-road vehicle since the Lamborghini LM002, and it is the exotic auto manufacturers first SUV. At first, I felt that Lamborghini had made a big mistake by producing an SUV but since the Lamborghini Urus has been with us it has grown on me, and it is everything that Lamborghini promised it would be. However, despite having Lamborghini grade styling and performance, as well as excellent off-road ability, a factory standard Lamborghini Urus is just not good enough for some people. As a result, the world of aftermarket tuning has got their hands on the big Lambo, and the latest tuned version of the Urus is just unbelievable.
This is it, what you are looking at is a heavily modified Lamborghini Urus and it is the work of tuning company Manhart Performance. Even though Manhart Performance are most well known for modifying BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz models, from time-to-time Manhart Performance do modify the odd exotic/high-performance vehicle and the end results are absolutely staggering, and it is no different with this Urus.
Starting with the exterior, Manhart Performance has given this Urus quite a few exterior enhancements which give it that aggressive, high performance yet tuned look, and I like it alot. As a result, you will notice a new carbon fiber front apron, a new carbon fiber hood, new carbon fiber side skirts and wheel arch extensions, a carbon fiber rear tailgate spoiler and a massive carbon fiber rear diffuser. That is not all, to finish off the tuned look of this Lamborghini Urus, Manhart Performance has added a set of black stripes and a new set of 21-inch ‘Y’ spoke pattern alloy wheels, which have been wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires.
As expected, Manhart Performance has also gone to work on the big Lambo’s 4.0 litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine. As a result, Manhart Performance has remapped the engine’s ECU, added a set of improved turbochargers and fitted a new high performance, sports exhaust system. These upgrades don’t sound like much, but as a direct result of them, the 4.0 litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine now produces a whopping 801 hp (597 kW) of power and 980 Nm of torque.
As a result of the above mentioned performance figures, the Manhart Performance Lamborghini Urus has more power than the Lamborghini Aventador SV J, just let that sink in for a minute. In order to cope with all of the extra power, ManhartPerformance has strengthened the 8-speed automatic transmission too. As a result, the Manhart Performance tuned Lamborghini Urus is a few tenths of a second quicker to 100 km/h than a factory standard Lamborghini Urus. Unfortunately Manhart Performance has not provided any top speed figures for their tuned Urus.
As awesome as the Manhart Performance tuned Lamborghini Urus is, it is only a matter of time until Lamborghini upstage it with their own high-performance version of the Urus. Although Lamborghini hasn’t suggested anything regarding a high-performance version of the Urus, I am pretty sure that Lamborghini have probably already began working on such a vehicle. However, we will just have to wait and see what Lamborghini has in store for us at the end of the day, until then I am pretty sure Manhart’s tuned Urus will be enough to keep the most performance oriented motorists happy, at least for the mean time.
Stephen Parry is a keen car enthusiast and also writes his own blog at http://stevespeedza.blogspot.com