Heavily updated Italian super SUV’s global reveal is just around the corner
The upgraded 2023 Lamborghini Urus Evo has been spotted testing again, this time wearing what looks like production-ready body work and alloy wheels, ahead of its expected global debut in the next few months.
This matte black prototype was spotted by our spy photographers cruising around German cargo routes showing off its new front and rear styling as well as what’s thought to be a new exhaust system, a rudimentary version of which can be clearly seen protruding from the back.
While Lamborghini’s facelifted SUV still isn’t completely devoid of camouflage, those with an eye for detail will likely spot that this car is actually bright yellow, but the vast majority of the exterior has been covered in black vinyl wrap in a bid to mask some of the new details.
Aside from the obvious cosmetic upgrades, Lamborghini’s top-selling model is widely expected to be treated to a variety of mechanical and chassis enhancements to help fight off new super-SUV rivals like the Aston Martin DBX707 and looming Ferrari Purosangue.
Power and torque from the Italian brand’s 478kW/850Nm twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 are all but certain to increase considerably for the upgraded Lamborghini ‘Evo’, which is expected to be joined by an even more focussed variant for the first time – perhaps called the Performante.
While the latter will be aimed at the likes of the rapid new Porsche Cayenne GT Turbo, a now-confirmed plug-in hybrid powertrain will also join the Urus range in 2024 and is tipped to produce more than the 500kW/900Nm outputs offered by the related Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid.
Given the benchmark performance thrown down by the DBX 707 and Cayenne GT Turbo, both of which are claimed to hit 100km/h in 3.3 seconds, even the standard 2023 Lamborghini Urus Evo should be quicker than the model it replaces – and edge closer towards the 321km/h barrier (200mph) in terms of top speed.
For reference, the current Urus stops the 0-100km/h clock in 3.6sec and tops out at 305km/h – a figure that’s also beaten by the Bentley Bentayga Speed (306km/h) and the DBX (310km/h).
Lamborghini executives have already confirmed the Urus’ eventual replacement will be 100 per cent battery-electric, meaning the Evo and its subsequent derivatives will more than likely be the Raging Bull brand’s last combustion-powered high-performance SUV.