2017 Lamborghini Huracán Performante : Geneva Motor Show Highlights

If you thought the Lamborghini Huracán was hardcore, say hello to it’s race track addicted brother – the Lamborghini Huracán Performante.

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With a design heavily inspired by Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo motorsport program, the Performante was one of the most popular features at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

And why wouldn’t it be? Look at it. Not to mention, a Nürburgring lap time of 6 minutes, 52.01 seconds that has made the performance car community sit right up and take notice.

So how is the Performante different from the Huracán?

Well, for starters, the power has increased. That’s always good. From the Huracán’s “measly” 600 HP up to 640 HP, with the torque numbers increasing from 413 lb-ft to 453 lb-ft.

The race spec shines through with a new air intake from the Super trofeo spec Huracán, re-optimised 7 speed dual clutch gearbox for better shifting, and a stiffer chassis. There has been a 15% increase in roll stiffness, a 10% increase in springs and bars stiffness, and an incredible 50% increase in axial and radial arm bushings.

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The usage of the light weight forged carbon fiber composite (FC) has been given importance with the Performante. This along with the addition of a lighter weight exhaust system means that the Performante is around 40 kgs lighter than the standard Huracán.

It’s lighter and has more power. Expect the Performante to be much quicker.

Yeah, but that’s a given considering it’s a race spec edition. Anything else I should know?

Yes. Thanks to Lambo’s head of aerodynamics, Antonio Torluccio, the Performante features impressive active aerodynamics that Lamborghini call “Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva” or ALA for short.

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This allows the Performante to switch seamlessly between low drag and downforce setups. When ALA is turned off, the two flaps at the front and the rear wing remain closed, providing maximum downforce. When ALA is enabled, they’re opened by electric motors that reside in the center of the splitter. This results in reduced drag and underbody pressure.

“This new car represents the powerhouse of Lamborghini DNA and innovation”, said Lambo boss Stefano Domenicali, “It is perfectly exemplified by it’s name – Lamborghini Huracán Performante”.

The Performante looks to be the jewel in the crown of Lamborghini’s V10 performance production car program, no doubt.

– Aditya Bhat.

 

 

 

 

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