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WORLD PREMIERE: Lamborghini Huracan Performante

We recently saw some video of a camouflage-clad Lamborghini Huracan Performante breaking the all-time production car lap record at the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife. With a lap time of 6:52.01, the all-new Huracan Performante is faster around the ‘Ring than the million-dollar Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid hypercar. But up until now, we haven’t been able to see it without camouflage and knew nothing about it. Now, though, Lamborghini has revealed its latest supercar variant ahead of its Geneva reveal.

The Lamborghini Huracan was never a slow car. With 602 hp from its 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive, the standard Huracan was capable of 0-60 mph in about 3.2 seconds. However, Lamborghini being Lamborghini, that simply wasn’t enough, so welcome the Performante variant.

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. Its intake manifold is finished in bronze, to pay homage to the Diablo 30th Anniversary edition.

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To get the extra power, Lamborghini has given the V10 new titanium valves as well as a more optimized intake and a redesigned exhaust, which reduces both weight and back pressure. The exhaust pipes have also been positioned higher to make it seem even louder from the cockpit. And, because ya know, it looks cool. The torque curve has also been optimized for more low-end punch, as the V10 engine now has 70 percent more torque at 1,000 rpm.

Lamborghini has also fitted the Huracan Performante with stiffer, more track-ready suspension. Shocks, springs and anti-roll bars have been stiffened by 10 percent, with roll stiffness increased by 15 percent. The Italians have also stiffened the suspension bushings by 50 percent. So expect the ride to be a bit rougher than the standard car’s but the performance benefit is evident by its Nurburgring time. Magneto Rheological Dampers are also available, which we’d recommend as they’re fantastic. There’s also Lamborghini’s Dynamic Steering variable ratio steering rack available.

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But in true Lamborghini fashion, it’s not just performance upgrades that make the Performante special. It also looks significantly better than before. It now has the sort of drama that the standard Huracan was always lacking. A massive fixed wing, new 20″ bronze center locking wheels and glossy exposed carbon fiber trim, along with some typical Italian flag livery, all combine to make the Huracan Performante a bit more special than the standard car.

The front end of the Performante also features active aerodynamics, 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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On the inside, Lamborghini’s newfound love for hexagonal shapes continues, as they’re everywhere. There’s also a ton of that same glossy exposed carbon fiber throughout the cabin, which really reinforces the lightweight aspect of the new Performante. Aside from that, the cabin is pretty similar to the standard car.

There’s really no such thing as a boring Lamborghini, so we’re crazy excited about this new one. Not only is it an upgraded version of one of the best supercars in the world but it’s also the Nurburgring record holder. It looks incredible, has an awesomely hexagonal interior and is clearly fast as hell. What more can you want from a Lamborghini.

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.