Lamborghini Huracan Performante

The 2017 Geneva International Motor Show is introducing us to lots of new and exciting cars! One of these is Lamborghini’s new Hurucan Performante. This is the lighter, faster, more track focused version of the already impressive Hurucan. Much like the Gallardo’s Superlagerra variant, Lamborghini have fine tuned all parts of the car to squeeze out even more performance. It is 40kg lighter than the standard car and has raised eyebrows throughout the motor industry by setting a blistering 6:52.01 at the Nurburgring.

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The design of the car is much like a race car. The front bumper and splitter are much more aggressive and sharp looking compared to the normal Hurucan. The matt colours work with matt and gloss black carbon fibre to add to the theatre. The side profile reveals the tricolore colour running under the doors. At the rear of the car, the ‘openness’ is inspired by ‘naked’ performance motorcycles where you can see through the body to the inner workings of the machine. Motorcycles also influenced the high mounted exhausts. The diffuser is very similar to that on the Super Trofeo race car. Lamborghini certainly achieved a more aggressive looking car, some might even mistake it for an out and out racing car.

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This car has got a significant aerodynamic improvement over the Hurucan too. Lamborghini use an active aero system call Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva or ALA to get the maximum performance out of the car on track. Think of it as an F1 style DRS system for your road car. When off, the active flaps on the front bumper are closed, creating downforce. When ALA is on, they open and relieve pressure on the front splitter, reducing downforce and drag. This air is now channelled under the car to be worked by the diffuser, a much more efficient way for the air to travel the length of the car, making it faster in a straight line. ALA also allows air to travel through the rear wing stands and come out of vents on the the rear wing itself. Much like a 2010 F1 F-duct, this stalls the rear wing and reduces its effectiveness, adding further to the top speed. For a road car this is incredibly impressive.

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The engine is the same 5.2 V10 unit as before but is up a few horsepower to 640bhp now. To get the power onto the road, Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres are wrapped around 20″ Narvi wheels and Trofeo Rs are available as an option. The exhaust has been redesigned to be lighter and produce less pack pressure. They are also placed higher at the rear of the car and sound much louder and similar to the Hurucan race car. The same seven speed dual clutch transmission is used, now slightly tweaked to deal with the increase in power. The suspension is stiffened by around 10% and the Performante will loose the Hurucan’s two wheel drive option. All of this allows the Performante to reach 100km/h in 2.9 seconds and 325km/h at the top.

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The interior is designed to remind the driver of the lightweight philosophy the Performante follows. The vents, paddles, door handles and centre console have been made from very light Forged Composite. Dark alcantara is used on the dashboard and seats while the fully digital dashboard will change its appearance to match the current driving mode of which there are three to choose from; Strada, Sport and Corsa (Road, Sport and Track).

This new Lamborghini can be yours for less than €200,000. Although that does not include tax. It looks to be a great track car and that Nurburgring time is something to be proud of, if you believe it is real. But for me, its too ‘in your face’ and I would have a standard Hurucan over it. In saying that there are also a lot of the Hurucan’s rivals I would have over the Hurucan too!

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