SPIED: Lamborghini Aventador Performante caught testing

As of right now, the Lamborghini Aventador is a bit of a dinosaur. With it naturally-aspirated engine, single-clutch gearbox and relative lack of performance tech, the Aventador is miles behind the newer, yet significantly cheaper, Lamborghini Huracan. The Huracan is almost as fast, despite having a much smaller engine and less power, and is more enjoyable to drive. Now, the Huracan Performante is the fastest production Lamborghini ever, breaking the production car lap record at the Nurburgring. So, it’s clear that the Performante treatment works and works well. Thankfully, Lamborghini has decided to give that same treatment to the Aventador, which could be insane.

In these new spy photos, a Lamborghini Aventador test mule can be seen driving around with some subtle changes (we don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here). There’s no official word on whether or not this actually is a Performante variant but it has similar exhaust pipes to the Huracan Performante. So it does seem that way. However, it is lacking the incredibly impressive aerodynamics of the Huracan Performante, which is the real hero of that car. Though, this could just be because it’s so early in production.

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We don’t know if this car will receive a power bump or a lower curb weight but it’s likely, knowing Lamborghini. The standard Aventador makes 691 hp and the SuperVeloce variant makes about 740 hp, so we could see power figures in about the middle for a Performante variant. Remember, the Performante isn’t about straight line speed so much as it is about handling and dynamics. Which is why the Huracan variant gets such clever aero.

If this is indeed a Lamborghini Aventador Performante, then it will likely be one of the brand’s fastest and most violent cars. Though, it’s still going to be hamstrung by its ancient gearbox and archaic tech.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.