Anyone who’s ever driven or been near a Lamborghini knows that the mighty sound of the engine can be like music to the ears – in a very rock ‘n roll sort of way.
And Lamborghini understands the importance of its engine sounds perhaps better than any car manufacturer in the world – as well as how tied that sound is to human emotions. In other words, the engine really provides the car’s soundtrack.
So for the latest installment of the Lamborghini Engine Songs playlist series on Spotify, Lamborghini turned to drummer Jason Bonham, son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. The younger Bonham is a drummer in his own right, having played with the surviving members of the rock group and toured with other famous acts including Sammy Hagar.
As part of the Lamborghini series, Bonham describes “in music” the sensations of driving a Lamborghini Urus Performante.
Like his father, Jason Bonham is a huge car fanatic.
In fact, the younger Bonham recalls two specific early memories: the first time he played percussion and the first time he heard the deep, pounding roar of a Lamborghini.
“I was four years old, and my father gave me my first drum kit for Christmas. I was little and couldn’t reach to hit the toms, so he took a little chair from my bedroom, sawed off the legs, and my career began.”
He adds: “I owe all my passion for music and for cars to my father. My first memory of a Lamborghini? It was him driving a Countach.”
You can even tune in and enjoy a Lamborghini-inspired playlist on Spotify.
For the series, The Engine Songs, a trilogy of playlists available on Spotify was created by matching music to the frequencies and vibrations of Lamborghini’s V12, V10, and V8 engines.
Bonham is more than happy to point out the parallels between the sound of the eight-cylinder engine and the rhythmic, rising pounding of his instrument of choice, the drums.
“Listening to any song, what is the element that keeps it going? It’s simple: the drums. If they don’t stop, the rest of the band doesn’t stop. It’s the soul and the engine of the music,” Bonham said in this exclusive video interview, the third (the first two featured Luca Natali Stradivari and Amy Macdonald) made with international music greats.
He notes that because between the pacing of percussion and Lamborghini’s eight-cylinder engine, the twinning of frequencies is instantaneous and visceral.
“As it happened with the Aventador Ultimae and Huracán Tecnica, to create the playlist dedicated to the Urus Performante I started from the analysis of the engine frequency,” explained Alex Trecarichi, music producer and creator of The Engine Songs along with sound engineer Mario Mautone. “In the case of Urus, the parameter that resulted was 50 hertz, corresponding to the fundamental vibrations of the drums. So, an important part of the playlist had to be the rhythm.”
Jason Bonham, who has toured with Queen and AC/DC as well as playing drums with historic reunions of Led Zeppelin along with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones, rhythm and memory become one.
“My father liked to repeat: ‘I want my sound to be like the sound of thunder.’ That’s the main element of inspiration, both for me and for him: the low frequencies of thunder,” he recently told Lamborghini.
And the Urus Performante knows how to replicate that roar in a powerful, lightning-fast echo. The new version of the Super SUV from the House of Sant’Agata has become a benchmark in its segment thanks to the record it set on the Pikes Peak high-altitude track in Colorado, recording a time of 10:32:064, a full 17 seconds faster than the previous record holder.
“I’ve always been a person who seeks out uniqueness, looking for something that others didn’t have,” Bonham concludes, “and one sure-fire way to achieve that is to give yourself a Lamborghini.”
The 2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante brings a new level to the luxury SUV class for low weight, aerodynamics, and sporty driving dynamics. The Urus Performante is lower, wider, and lighter than the regular Urus by nearly 104 pounds.
And its incredible 666 horsepower is an increase of 25 hp over the Urus. The Performante is in fact the new benchmark in terms of reference for weight-to-power ratio in a Super SUV. You can get from zero to 60 mph in roughly 3.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 190 mph which will give you the perfect soundtrack – Lamborghini Engine Songs
Employing a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 627-pound feet of torque, this racy, super SUV starts at $264,671.
Power runs to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 2023 Urus Performante features a reworked front end, larger air intakes, and a new bumper design that provides better engine cooling, with an air curtain that directs airflow over the front wheels. The hood has a new lighter aerodynamic design with deeper cut lines and new carbon fiber.
A special rear design includes a spoiler that increases downforce by 38 percent. Both the rear bumper and diffuser – surrounding the standard titanium exhaust tips – are constructed of carbon fiber. It’s a Super SUV that brings the heart-pumping excitement and searing performance of Lamborghini motorsport to every drive.
Other features of the 2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante:
- Luxury Super SUV. The 2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante sets the standard for sportiness and performance in a luxury super SUV. The enhanced design reflects its prowess on the street, track, and loose surfaces.
- Euronautical Dynamism. The Urus Performante oozes with bold, aeronautical dynamism, from your first glance to every minute you spend behind the wheel. While the regular Urus rides on an air suspension, the Performante sits on a set of steel springs and is 0.8 inches lower with retuned dampers.
- Record-Breaking Capabilities. Ahead of its premiere, this super SUV set a new record in the production SUV category on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Road, crossing the finish line at 14,115 feet in 10:32.064.
- Super Sports Engineering. This Lamborghini SUV establishes itself at first sight with a new level of powerful styling that asserts the super sports engineering within. Front and rear exterior revisions make it more aerodynamic and also an inch longer than the regular Urus.
- Redefining the SUV Automotive World. The front bumper and splitter in carbon fiber sport assertive new lines: new black front air-intakes deliver increased engine cooling and maximum expression of the SUV’s super sports heritage.
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