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Huracan Performante

By Mark Smeyers on March 6. 2017 in Huracán.

Finally the long wait is over, the new Lamborghini Huracán Performante has been unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and we now know power output is 640hp, by losing 40kg in weight and adding Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (or ALA) the Performante managed to set a new world record for production cars at the famous Nürburgring in Germany by completing a lap in only 6:52.01.

The Huracán Performante keeps the all-wheel-drive transmission from the LP610-4 but adds 30hp to the 5.2 Liter V10 engine while the special Pirelli tires and aero vectoring creates a perfect track weapon while maintaining the road driving capabilities ... the Performante is the pinnacle of the V10 lineup at Lamborghini.

The hybrid chassis of the Huracán Performante receives a body made from aluminum combined with Lamborghini's own Forged Composite material that allows the formation of more complex forms compared to regular carbon fiber, on the Performante the front bumper, rear spoiler, engine cover, rear bumper and lower diffuser are made from this new material.

Probably the most important innovation on the Huracán Performante is the new ALA, active aerodynamic system, developed and patented by Lamborghini ... this new system is hiding from view but allows the modification of airflow on this new V10. Flaps in the front spoiler are closed to create downforce at high-speed curves and under hard braking ... but these open to allow air flowing through the undertray of the Performante.

Under the engine cover, a quartet of ducts are fitted, two that allow cooling of the large V10 engine while the other two work in conjunction with the large rear wing ... which actually sits on hollow struts to allow airflow into the wing itself, with the flaps in the rear wing closed it acts like a normal, high downforce aerofoil ... but when open the drag is significantly reduced to allow a higher top speed.

The show car in Geneva is finished in a new shade called Arancio Anthaeus, a matt orange, that contrasts nicely with the glossy Forged Composite sections and the combination of gloss and matt carbon fiber, a shade that perfectly shows the aggressive new styling found on the Huracán Performante ... a styling inspired by naked racing bikes, showing their frame and featuring large air intakes with no grilles.

At the front, the active aerodynamic section is shown in clear Forged Composite while the front spoiler is a very open design clearly showing race track inspiration and maintaining a lightweight feeling.

The new engine cover has integrated air intakes together with a Plexiglas cover (to keep weight down compared to glass), this allows a clear view on the bronze finished manifold covers of the high-power V10 engine, a finish we've seen on previous special edition Lamborghini before like the Diablo SE30 ... while the large rear wing with integrated air ducts could never be made from regular carbon fiber but required Forged Composite technology.

On the side we notice the lower sills are finished in black while the Performante proudly shows the Italian tricolore colors and glossy black rear view mirrors ... as standard fitment the Huracán Performante receives a set of Narvi 20 inch forged wheels, finished in bronze, optional Loge wheels offer a center lock while Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires have been created specifically for the new Performante ... as an option you can mount Pirelli Trofeo R track tires, note that these do come with a homologation for street use.

By raising the exhaust pipes higher onto the rear section of the Huracán, they not only looks amazing, they also deliver a more intimidating sound together with less back pressure while the entire exhaust package has become lighter too compared to the LP610-4.

Inside the Huracán Performante the use of Forged Composite continues on the air vents, paddles, door handles and central console combined with lightweight Alcantara fabric. The sports seats can receive an optional Y pattern lasered onto them, but you can also opt for comfort seats if you prefer a smoother ride, a nice display on the dashboard shows the ALA in real time.

Pricing has been set at €195,040 in Europe, £173,271 in the UK and $274,390 in the US ... excluding taxes ... first customer deliveries are foreseen for the summer of 2017.

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