VIDEO: Motor Trend drives the Lamborghini Huracan Performante

Many car companies do hardcore performance variants of their already impressive performance cars. The recipe is usually quite similar: Add some power, give it better handling and, most importantly, add lightness. However, Lamborghini had took it one step further with its new Huracan Performante and it seems to have paid off immensely, as evidenced in this new video review from Motor Trend.

Packing the same 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 engine, the Huracan Performante now produces 640 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. Combined with its 40 kg (88 lbs) weight reduction, this new Huracan can get from 0-60 mph in a claimed 2.9 seconds, which is seriously fast. But that’s not the best part. The best part is something Lamborghini calls ALA (Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva). The front spoiler has active flaps built into a carbon-forged frame which will close for more front-end downforce during cornering and braking but can open to reduce air pressure and improve aerodynamic drag.

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Those active flaps can also feed air through the fixed rear wing, not just over it but through it. This allows Lamborghini to add the same effect as an active hydraulic rear wing without having the heavy mechanism that accompanies one. It’s actually quite genius. So genius, in fact, that Audi representatives are reportedly jealous.

In this new Motor Trend video, we get a good explanation and visual demonstration of ALA and how it works. We also see why it’s so important and the biggest reason why it makes the Huracan Performante so fast — confidence. The advanced aerodynamics make the Performante incredibly planted, stable and balanced, which increases driver confidence tremendously and allowing the driver to push harder and harder.

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So while many detractors may mock the Huracan Performante for just being a standard Huracan with a body kit, they couldn’t be more wrong. It’s a magnificent machine and one that changes the game.

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.