Lamborghini has revealed the refreshed Urus S, now the entry point to its performance SUV range, and the biggest change comes with the addition of 16 extra horsepower, which brings the Urus S's power output to a devilish 666hp - the same as that of its harder-edged sibling, the Urus Performante, which was unveiled in August.
The Urus S uses the same twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine as before, but the performance tweaks have reduced the 0-100km/h time to 3.5 seconds compared to the pre-facelifted version. The Urus S is only two-tenths of a second slower from rest to 100km/h than the Performante, which isn't bad considering that the Performante has been on quite a bit of a diet whereas the Urus S hasn't.
Small styling tweaks
Externally, not very much has changed with the Urus, with only a light styling refresh which has seen new bumpers front and rear and the addition of new colour and trim options.
The new front bumper incorporates a new matte-black stainless-steel skidplate as standard. The carbon-fibre bonnet is new, too, with air vents which can be finished in a matte or shiny carbon-fibre look, gloss black or the colour of the rest of the body. The roof too can be optioned in a visible carbon-fibre finish.
With the restyling of the rear bumper, the matte black lower part sees a new twin-pipe exhaust design in brushed steel as standard, but with the option of matte or gloss black finishes or one in bright chrome. Alongside the standard 21-inch wheels, there are also new 22- and 23-inch options.
Not a great deal has changed inside the Urus S with only small tweaks to the material and two-tone colourway options with leathers available in blue and green and black shades contrasting with tans, creams and browns.
As before, the Urus's behaviour on and off the road can be adjusted to the situation by selecting one of a range of driving modes. Strada, Sport, Corsa and Ego provide, in ascending order, a sharpening of steering and throttle responses from the comfortable, everyday Strada to the more performance-focused Corsa and Ego. Off-road settings include Terra (land), Neve (Snow) and Sabbia (Sand), which adjust the adaptive air suspension and power delivery accordingly.
Petrol-powered... for now
The updates to the Urus may not be especially ground-breaking, but, for the time being, they'll help keep Lamborghini's best-selling car fresh as it goes head-to-head with the likes of the Aston Martin DBX, Ferrari's upcoming Purosangue and Porsche's Macan and Cayenne. Though it remains exclusively petrol-powered for now, given that Lamborghini has said that all of its models will be electrified from 2024, perhaps expect word of a hybrid version in 2023.