There’s a scrumptious irony about our first drive within the Lamborghini Urus S taking place in Qatar. Within the wealthiest nation per capita on the earth, Qataris aren’t truly that within the S, the brand new ‘base’ model of the Lamborghini Urus. They’re all concerning the Urus Performante. As a result of if you’re going to purchase a household automotive (and that’s what it’s out right here, even with the S’s £188,000 beginning worth), then you definately may as properly get the highest one.
Total, Qataris have embraced the Urus with gusto, incomes it a wholesome market share. And providing a extra highly effective place to begin into the Urus vary will hardly harm Lamborghini. What’s staggering isthat even these punchier variations don’t cannibalise gross sales off the Huracán and Aventador super-sports vehicles. The SUV is just an extra buy, such is the rarefied world of the Center East.
The Urus S will get a reworked model of the bi-turbo V8 that seems in every thing from the Bentley Bentayga to Porsche Cayenne, this time producing a further 16bhp to take it to 657bhp and 627lb ft. Don’t inform the locals, however that’s truly precisely the identical energy because the Performante.
There’s a retuned exhaust and some entrance and rear styling tweaks. The S additionally has a matt black stainless metal entrance skid plate, designed to match the grille, and a carbonfibre bonnet with non-compulsory body-coloured or carbon vent surrounds. (Plain black is commonplace.) Once more, whisper it to the locals: the Performante has a carbonfibre bonnet. On the rear, the bumper has been tweaked, with extra matt black components decrease down and a brand new exhaust tip design.
Extra personalisation choices are now obtainable and Lamborghini is closely pushing its Advert Personum programme, the place a lot of the world’s color palette is open to clients. Inside, there’s a newstitching sample with contemporary leather-based color choices, whereas drivers can select from Bi-colour Sportivo or Bi-colour Subtle seats.
Within the least stunning information of 2022, given the facility improve, the Urus S is a mighty quick automotive, to the level the place no 2.2-tonne machine actually has any proper to be. And but the spectacular factor is how benign it could really feel. No Lamborghini is delicate however it’s not difficult to string it gently by means of a metropolis centre.