The latest Huracan variant – this one the hard core performance model – debuts this week at the Geneva International Motor Show.

The Lamborghini Huracan Performante builds on the formidable Huracan by removing mass, bumping power output, stiffening the chassis, and adding innovative active aerodynamics. The Performante retains the Huracan’s all-wheel drive system, but as with all major systems, has been recalibrated for this ultra quick Lamborghini.

Speaking of quick, the company says this latest Huracan is good for a sub-three-second zero to 100 km/h run and a top speed greater than 325 km/h. Lamborghini also claims the Performante is capable of navigating a lap of the legendary Nurburgring Nordschliefe in six minutes, fifty-two seconds, which is a remarkable feat for any production car. You can find Lamborghini’s official video of that remarkable lap here.

Lamborghini has engineered a patented aerodynamic system for both high downforce and low drag modes. At the front of the Performante, there are active flaps powered by electric motors. At the rear, ducts underneath the engine bonnet remain closed for maximum downforce, but when requested by the Lamborghini Plattaforma Inerzial (the Huracan’s integrated dynamics system), two ducts open, which then reduces the Performante’s drag.

What’s even crazier is that downforce can be aero vectored by the LPI, either right or left, increasing downforce on the inner wheel, which opposes the mechanical load transfer, and improves stability according to Lamborghini. This would be the first time we’ve heard of aero vectoring. Cool stuff.

The engine has been retuned and power output increased to 640 horsepower over the standard Huracan’s 610. The wickedly fast shifting dual clutch transmission is calibrated specifically to the Performante’s dynamic requirements.

The Performante distinguishes itself from regular Huracans with restyled aero around the car and massive twenty-inch forged wheels hide standard carbon ceramic brakes. Ultra sticky Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires are standard equipment. A pioneer in carbon fibre technologies, the Performante features the material throughout the car, inside and out.

The interior of the Performante is covered in generous amounts of Alcantara and Lamborghini’s signature forged carbon fibre is used to finish many of the hard surfaces in the cockpit.

If an ultra quick, track-oriented Lamborghini is your thing, order yours today. Deliveries begin this summer.

 

Images courtesy of Lamborghini

Published on Mar 06, 2017