The company’s flagship model is about to become more aggressive!

It’s been around six months since Lamborghini upgraded the flagship Aventador to S specs, thus introducing the facelifted model, and the Italian firm is already testing a new iteration of the supercar. With the mid-cycle facelift and the high-performance SuperVeloce (SV) already on the road it might seem out of place for Lambo to test a new version of the current generation model, but the prototype our paparazzi caught testing on public roads doesn’t appear to be a next-gen car. Instead, it looks like Lamborghini is actually preparing yet another high-performance model.

There’s no official confirmation from the automaker as of this writing, but the general consensus is that Lamborghini will launch a Performante version of the Aventador soon. As you may remember, the Performante is a more extreme version of the Huracan that uses a more powerful engine and race-inspired aerodynamics. Oh, and it’s the fourth quickest car around the Nurburgring as well as the fastest Lambo on the German race track. Yup, it’s quicker than the Aventador SV, which is why a Performante version of the flagship supercar is actually a really good idea. Let’s find out more about it below.

Updated 02/02/2018: Based on the recent rumors and speculations, we created a rendering for the upcoming Aventador Performante.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lamborghini Aventador Performante.

Spy Shots

October 4, 2017 - Lamborghini Aventador Performante caught testing in both coupe and roadster version

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Exterior

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Much like the Huracan Performante, this Aventador has a multi-tier front bumper

While the first prototype seemed to be nearly identical to the existing S model, launched for the 2018 model year, there are a few clues that indicated a higher performance model. Arguably the most important of them all was visible around back, where the supercar had two additional exhaust pipes. The outlets were mounted higher into the body, where the license plate should be, which is very similar to the positioning seen on the Huracan Performante.

The latest prototype sheds any doubt one might have as it is fitted with a ridiculous amount of aerodynamic bits. Much like the Huracan Performante, this Aventador has a multi-tier front bumper with big canards at each corners, extra vents in the nose atop the wheel arches, and an overall more aggressive front fascia.

The same goes for the side panels. The side skirts are larger than usual, as are the vents in the rear fenders. Actually, these are simply huge and their size says a lot about what’s going on under the hood.

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The massive rear wing boasts an all-new design

But the really interesting stuff happens around back, with a massive diffuser mounted under the fascia. The big vertical slats remind me of full-fledged race cars, while the big vents suggest the engine needs a lot of cooling. The exhaust layout is similar to the Huracan Performante, with the big pipes placed in the center section, separated by yet another intake. The taillights remain unchanged, but this isn’t surprising. Then there’s the wing, which is huge and adopts a strange design. And by strange I mean that no Lambo ever had such a device, with the posts sporting an intricate, L-shaped design.

Lamborghini usually uses standard, vertical posts for its wings, but on this one, it starts right from the outer flic of the main wing, descends for a bit, and them if moved diagonally toward the center of the decklid. It’s radically different from the Huracan Performante too, which means that Lambo is working out even more extreme aerodynamics for this car.

All these new aero elements, including the bumper, diffuser, side skirts, and wing are likely made from carbon-fiber in order to shave at least a hundred pounds off the standard Aventador S.

Interior

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Note: Huracan Perfomante interior pictured here.

There’s no hint as to what we may find inside in addition to what the standard Aventador features, but it’s safe to assume that the Performante will benefit from all the upgrades that the supercar received in 2017. Novelties include a new digital instrument cluster, the Ego mode, and Apple CarPlay connectivity. In addition to that, it should get some of the new features seen in the Huracan Performante.

Many elements will be replaced by the company's "forged composite" alloy, made from chopped carbon fiber and resin.

For starters, many elements will be replaced by the company’s "forged composite" alloy, made from chopped carbon fiber and resin. Lambo used this material for the A/C vents, gear paddles, door handles, and center console in the Huracan, so it’s safe to assume we should see similar bits in the Aventador Performante.

Much like any track-prepped supercar, nearly every surface will come wrapped in black Alcantara. However, contrast stitching and the optional "Y" graphics for the seats will add a splash of color. On the tech side, the digital display will be updated to include information from the ALA system, in which Lambo’s telemetry function will be included in the standard package.

Drivetrain

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I expect the Aventador Performante to crank out around 765 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of twist.

With the Performante nameplate having added extra horsepower and torque to the Huracan, it’s safe to assume that it will do the same for the Aventador. However, the Aventador Performante needs to be not only more powerful than the standard model, but also sit above the SuperVeloce in terms of output.

Based on the increase seen on the Huracan Performante, I expect the Aventador Performante to crank out around 765 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of twist. This would translate into a 35-horsepower and 21-pound-foot increase over the Aventador S and a 25-horsepower increase over the SV model.

It might not seem like a lot more oomph, but the revised 6.5-liter V-12 engine will be backed by a range of weight-saving features that will reduce the car’s curb weight by around 100 pounds. As a result, it should be able to hit 60 mph from a standing start in 2.7 seconds, two tenths quicker than the standard model. At the same time, the Performante will be a tenth-second quicker than the SuperVeloce.

All these enhancements should also enable the Aventador Performante to lap the Nurburgring track quicker than the SuperVeloce.

The extra power should also make use of a new chassis setup, a revised suspension system with stiffer everything, and ventilated cross-drilled carbon-ceramic brakes.

All these enhancements should also enable the Aventador Performante to lap the Nurburgring track quicker than the SuperVeloce, which needed 6:59.73 minutes. Actually, the Aventador should also be quicker than the Huracan Performante, which just set a new production car record with a 6:52.01-minute lap. Will the Aventador Performante become the first street-legal production model to lap the "Green Hell" in less than six minutes and 50 seconds? Chances are it will, but all we can do right now is wait and see.

Prices

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Pricing information is obviously still a mystery, but it’s safe to assume that the Performante will be the most expensive Aventador ever. With the Aventador S priced from $421,350, the Performante could cost around $480,000 before options.

Competition

Ferrari 812 Superfast

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Granted, the 812 Superfast isn’t as track-focused at the Aventador Performante, but until Ferrari updates the F12tdf to 812 specifications, you’ll have to settle for this car if you’re hooked on Maranello-built vehicles. Launched as a mid-cycle upgrade for the F12berlinetta, the 812 Superfast was redesigned significantly on the outside, gaining a more aggressive stance and more modern features. The Superfast gets its juice from a new, 6.5-liter V-12 rated at 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque. That’s 59 extra horsepower compared to the F12berlinetta, to go with 20 additional pound-feet of twist. The 812 Superfast is also more potent than the limited-edition F12tdf, boasting an extra 20 horsepower and 11 pound-feet, which makes it the most powerful Ferrari in the company’s history. Not surprisingly, the 812 Superfast is quicker than the F12berlinetta from 0 to 60 mph, needing 2.9 ticks to complete the benchmark. Pricing is not yet available, but it should fetch around $340,000 before options.

Learn more about the Ferrari 812 Superfast.

Posche 911 Turbo S

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The 911 Turbo S isn’t exactly a supercar in terms of out and it’s definitely not the kind of vehicle that Lambo and Ferrari buyers would consider, but it’s amazingly fast. Its exterior design is arguably more iconic than those of its competitors, while the cabin has plenty of premium features and tech to brag about. The 2017-model-year update brought a revised twin-turbo, 3.8-liter flat-six engine that cranks out 580 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, and it’s this specific feature that makes the 911 Turbo S a menacing car. While not as powerful as the Aventador or Superfast, the Turbo S has more torque at its disposal and when equipped with the Sport Chrono package, it becomes incredibly quick, needing only 2.8 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start. Another thing that makes the 911 Turbo S an appealing choice is the $188,100 sticker.

Find out more about the Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Conclusion

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The rumor about Lambo building a Performante version of the Aventador took me by surprise. Sure, the Italians could use a different name and leave the Performante badge for the Huracan only, but it’s still big news given that the Murcielago never made it past the "SV" version. This means that Lambo is set out to defeat the competition in just about any department in what appears to be a very aggressive campaign against the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren. If the Huracan manages to retain its record a while longer and the Aventador hits the market with its very own benchmark, Lambo will become the first manufacturer to rule ’Ring with two cars at the same time.

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    • * Not much is known about it right now
    • * Awfully expensive

References

Lamborghini Aventador

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Read our full review on the 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S.

2015 Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2015 Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce.

Lamborghini Huracan Performante

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Read our full review on the 2017 Lamborghini Huracan Performante.

Update History

Updated 10/04/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Lamborghini Aventador Performante out for a new testing session, and this time it reveals its both coupe and roadster versions.

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