Lamborghini Huracan Performante Was Built To Smash Records
Consider this preview the calm before the stormby Jonathan Lopez, on
You gotta love it when the Raging Bull finds new ways to turn the aggression up to 11, and that’s exactly what we’re dealing with when it comes to the new Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Lambo introduced its mid-engine hurricane in 2014 as a replacement for the ever-popular Gallardo, following up the initial Coupe iteration with a drop-top Spyder a year later. Now, there’s a new hardcore performance version on the horizon called the Performante, and so far, it’s looking like it’ll bring the noise in a big way.
That’s the word from our friends over at MotorTrend, who recently got a chance to wring out a camo-clad prototype on a racetrack in Italy. Highlights include a lower curb weight, more output from the mid-mounted V-10, updated electronic driver’s aides, new performance tires, a sharper transmission, stiffer suspension, and a new ABS system. All told, performance is expected to see a substantial improvement, with the 0-to-60 mph sprint estimated to fall in the mid-to-high 2-second range.
However, one of the most exciting features is the Huracan Performante’s new active aero technology. It’s called Aerodynamica Lamborghini Attiva, or ALA for short, and according to MT, it’s a whopper of an enhancement.
So then – this thing is fast. So fast, in fact, MotorTrend is reporting that the car could hit a time of 6:52 at the Nurburgring, besting the Porsche 918 by 5 seconds. Of course, Lambo has yet to reveal anything official.
Look for the Performante to make its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show this March. Pricing is expected to be around $350,000.
Intrigued? Read on for the details.
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Why It Matters
First up, let’s talk about the engine. Mounted just behind the Huracan’s cabin is an all-atmosphere 5.2-liter V-10. This lump usually makes roughly 600 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque, but thanks to a new intake, a new exhaust, and new intake and exhaust cams, it reportedly makes an additional 40 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque, bringing the grand total to 640 horsepower and 445 pound-feet when its all said and done. However, it should be noted these numbers aren’t yet final.
Routing the power to the reworked AWD system is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which now offers faster shifts from the steering column-mounted paddles. The steering was improved, while the suspension was tweaked with new shocks and bushings to improve the roll stiffness and vertical stiffness. In the corners, Lambo added Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. The whole shebang also sheds 90 pounds thanks to a lighter exhaust system and more carbon tastiness.
But, as MotorTrend points out (and we agree), probably the most exciting feature is that new active aero system.
We’ve seen systems like this before (McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, etc.), but the Huracan Performante’s system is a little different. Rather than employing cumbersome hydraulic struts to lift the rear wing, ALA uses electric motors that open and close rear flaps. The result is generally the same, with either more downforce or less drag as the situation may warrant, but without hydraulic fluid, the overall weight of the system is considerably lower.
Further weight savings come thanks to a hollowed-out wing and uprights. But here’s the really cool stuff – there’s actually an intake in back that feeds air into the hollow wing. The air is then directed out either the right or left side of the spoiler, thus creating aero vectoring to help the car rotate. Neat.
The result of all this magic is a much faster, much more hardcore performance machine. We can’t wait to see it when the wraps come off.
Read our full review on the Lamborghini Huracan Performante here.