Ahead of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini has unwrapped its brightly colored Huracan Performante supercar. After teasing the public for the better part of a month, Lamborghini released a titanic video that shows the Huracn Performante absolutely stomping the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife. Now, in the lead-up to the auto show, Lamborghini shed the camouflage and provided us with information on just how the Huracan Performante was able to achieve such a ludicrous 6:52.01 lap time.
As we've mentioned in previous posts, the new special-edition Huracan comes with ahost of improvements, including a drastic diet that uses forged carbon fiber, something first seen in the Sesto Elemento. Totaling around 88 pounds, the forged carbon fiber pieces drop the weight to just over 3,000 pounds.
The Huracan Performante's naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 engine receives 30 more horsepower, generating 640 ponies at 8,000 rpm. More than 70 percent of the car's 443 lb-ft of torque is available at a mere 1,000 rpm, allowing the Huracan Performante to crack off 0-62 mph times of just 2.9 seconds. It will then hit 124 mph just 6 seconds after 62 mph.
Underneath the Huracan Performante's lovely skin, Lamborghini stiffened the entire car by 10 percent with new springs, roll bars, and radial and axial arm bushings. The magnetorheological suspension has been heavily revised to provide a more track-focused character, and the variable-ratio Lamborghini Dynamic Steering is now standard after being recalibrated for the Huracan Performante.
However, the Huracn Performante's real party trick, as we've mentioned previously, is its trick ALA system (Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva). Forged carbon-fiber is used in the Huracn Performante's active aero elements in the front splitter, rear diffuser, and wing. Each piece has individual elements that are able to open and close independently of each other, allowing the car to either go into low-drag mode or increase the amount of aero on a side to "aero vector" the car through a turn.
According to Lamborghini, the electronically controlled ALA system is 80 percent lighter than traditional hydraulic systems, such as those found in McLaren and Ferrari cars. However, it's these electrically controlled flaps that allow the Huracn Performante to slay the Nrburgring with such ferocity. In high-speed cornering and full braking instances, thanks to ALA, the Huracn Perfomante develops 750 percent more downforce than the standard Huracan coupe.
Speaking ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, Automobili Lamborghini's chairman and CEO Stefano Domenicali said, "The Huracan Performante is the convergence of technological developments to produce a car delivering perfect performance. This new car represents the powerhouse of Lamborghini DNA and innovation, and a 360-degree approach to creating class-leading super sports cars. It illustrates the pinnacle of Lamborghini V-10 production car performance to date, on both track and road, and is perfectly exemplified by its name: Lamborghini Huracan Performante."
The first customers will take delivery of the Huracan Performante this summer, and each will come with a price tag of $274,390. No word on whether or not Lamborghini will make the Huracan Performante a limited run or whether it will be available along with the standard Huracan LP 580-2 and LP 610-4.