Lamborghini is gearing up to give its Urus super SUV even more power.

The Italian automaker has been spied winter testing an undisguised prototype of its updated Urus.

This Urus prototype, finished in matte black, has all the hallmarks of a hotter version, and may wear the Urus Evo name.

At the front the fascia has been redesigned with different side air intakes and a reworked upper grille cutout that makes the grille look larger. There are also some long bonnet air vents.

Around the side the changes appear to be minimal apart from wider wheel arches and a slightly lower ride height. There are also black multi-spoke wheels wrapped in Pirelli winter tyres.

There are redesigned rear wheel arches with new air outlets, as well as a subtly reworked diffuser.

It’s unclear if there are going to be any changes to the interior of the hotter Urus.

Having been introduced locally in 2018, Lamborghini has previously confirmed it’s debuting a mid-life update of the Urus in 2022.

Powering the regular Urus is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8 engine producing 478kW of power and 850Nm of torque.

It’s expected the hotter Urus Evo will have more power but it’s unknown how much more. Rumours of more than 500kW have been previously reported by Car Magazine.

Seeing that this hotter Urus prototype was spied with no camouflage, the production version is expected to debut in the next few months.

Rumours of a hybrid version of the Urus have been circulating, with Lamborghini able to draw from a number of Volkswagen Group hybrid powertrains.

The most obvious choice is the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid‘s 4.0-litre twin-turbo plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain, which produces total system outputs of 500kW and 900Nm.

There are also currently a number of other manufacturers also gearing up to reveal higher-performance SUVs.

Aston Martin recently teased its upcoming hotter version of its DBX SUV, calling it “the world’s most powerful luxury SUV”.

This hotter DBX is set to be revealed on February 1 and could be powered by either a twin-turbocharged V12 or tuned twin-turbocharged V8 engine.

BMW also has its upcoming XM V8-powered PHEV SUV, which was recently spied with less camouflage and will produce total system outputs of 550kW and 1000Nm.

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Jack Quick

Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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