As any real petrolhead will no doubt know, Italian exotic auto manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini produced an off road vehicle, known as the LM002 from 1986 – 1993. The Lamborghini LM002 was supposed to be a luxury off-roader but it was seen by many within the automotive universe as a “Lamborghini truck”, as a result only 328 examples of the LM002 were produced and once production of the LM002 ended, Lamborghini once again began to focus solely on designing, developing and producing bonkers supercars, up until a few years ago that is. Once again, Automobili Lamborghini were bitten by the off-road bug and the world famous supercar manufacturer took the world by total surprise when they announced that they would produce a high performance SUV, which is something we should have seen coming.
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 UrusConcept, the finished production spec 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 also the Italian exotic auto manufacturers first ever SUV. At first, I felt that Lamborghini had made a big mistake by producing an SUV but since the Lamborghini Urushas been with us it has grown on me, and it is everything that Lamborghini promised it to 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. Just last week, we reported on a rumor that AutomobiliLamborghini is working on a high performance version of the Urus, known as the Urus Performante. As AutomobiliLamborghini have not released any official information regarding the high-performance Urus Performante, we have no idea when it/if it will be officially launched. However, if you require better styling and more power from your Urus and you can’t wait for Automobili Lamborghini to develop and launch the Urus Performante don’t worry because the world of aftermarket tuning may just have the perfect solution for you.
While browsing the Internet recently, I stumbled upon the latest tuned version of Lamborghini’s SUV and it is just unbelievable. This is it, what you are looking at ladies and gentlemen is a tuned Lamborghini Urus and it is the work of well known German tuning firm, ABT Sportsline. If you know a thing or two about automobiles, then you will no doubt know that ABT Sportsline are best known for modifying mainstream Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda models, however as Automobili Lamborghini are currently owned by the Volkswagen Group and as the Lamborghini Urus is an Audi Q8 under the skin, ABT Sportsline’s switch from the Volkswagen Group’s more mainstream models is hardly surprising.
Starting on the outside, well ABT Sportsline haven’t added any new exterior styling upgrades to their tuned Urus and from what I can ascertain, the German tuning firm hasn’t added any new interior upgrades either. So then, you’re probably wondering what is so special about this ABT Sportsline Lamborghini Urus. Well, if you know a thing or two about ABT Sportsline, then you will know that the German tuning firm loves to create vehicles with extreme power outputs and that is exactly what they’ve done with their take on Lamborghini’s performance SUV. Before I get to the improved power figures, keep in mind that in factory standard form the Lamborghini Urus is powered by a 4.0 litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine which delivers 641 hp (478 kW) and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft) of torque.
As expected, ABT Sportsline have retained the 4.0 litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine but due to the addition of the high-tech “ABT Engine Control (AEC) unit, the overall power produced by the 4.0 litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine has been increased to a whopping 710 hp (522 kW) and 910 Nm (671 lb-ft) of torque. That ladies and gentlemen is an overall power increase of 69 hp (51 kW) and 60 Nm (44 lb-ft) of torque over a factory standard Lamborghini Urus which places the ABT SportslineLamborghini Urus just above the mighty Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in the power standings. Speaking of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, the American super-SUV is powered by a giant 6.2 litre, supercharged V8 and produces a whopping 707 hp (527 kW).
Unfortunately, at the time of writing this article ABT Sportslinedid not mention if the top speed of their tuned Lamborghini Urus has been increased or not. However, in factory standard form the Lamborghini Urus is already one seriously fast SUV which is capable of reaching an overall top speed of 305 km/h (189.5 mph). I am also assuming that the ABT SportslineLamborghini Urus retains the standard 8-speed automatic transmission but I am curious to know if ABT Sportsline have reinforced the transmission in order to deal with the extra power, unfortunately the German tuning firm didn’t specify.
I am seriously impressed by the ABT Sportsline Lamborghini Urus, however it is not the most powerful tuned version of the Lamborghini Urus out there. Yes it is true, German tuning firm Manhart, who also happen to be one of ABT Sportsline’s main rivals, got their hands on the big Lambo earlier this year and the end result was an astonishing power output of 801 hp (597 kW) and 980 Nm (723 lb-ft) of torque. Unfortunately, ABT Sportsline didn’t mention any prices details for their high-tech ABT Engine Control Unit but how expensive can it be? I am pretty sure ABT’s Engine Control Unit will be alot more cost effective than a Lamborghini Urus Performante, if Automobili Lamborghini ever puts it into production that is.
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