*NOW UPDATED WITH VIDEO* Fresh from its record-setting lap of the Nürburgring, Lamborghini unleashes the new Huracán Performante at the Geneva Motor Show
|Engine||Power||Torque||0-100kph||Top speed||Weight (dry)||Basic price|
|V10, 5204cc||631bhp @ 8,000rpm||600Nm (442lb ft) @ 6,500rpm||2.9 secs||325kph||1382kg (457bhp/ton)||$255,500|
We cannot display this galleryThe track-honed Lamborghini Huracán Performante that recently blitzed the Nürburgring lap charts has made its debut appearance at the Geneva Motor Show. The hottest derivative yet of Lambo’s ‘baby’, the Performante steps into the massive wheel marks left by the Gallardo Superleggera.
Let’s get the basics out of the way first. The Performante is powered by the same 5.2-litre V10 as found in the road-going Huracán, albeit with performance now upped to 631bhp and 442lb ft of torque, 29bhp and 29lb ft up on the all-wheel drive LP610-4 and 59bhp and 45lb ft respectively up on the rear-wheel drive LP570-2. 0-100kph is thus taken care of in 2.9 seconds and 0-200kph in a mental 8.9 seconds en-route to a 325kph top speed.
As the looks give away though, there’s much more to the Huracán Performante than lunatic power and speed. Aerodynamics for one, Lamborghini having debuted its new Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA) aerodynamics package at the Geneva Motor Show. At the front for instance lies a new forged carbon front spoiler complete with active flaps, which work in tandem with two ducts on the rear engine cover to channel air through the rear spoiler. When the flaps are closed, the rear wing acts as a traditional spoiler to provide vertical downforce. When open, air is channeled underneath the wing to reduce drag and maximize acceleration. Through the faster corners, the flaps can even operate independently.
Road-holding has also given a kick in the nethers courtesy of four-wheel drive, stiffer suspension and bespoke 20in alloys clad with performance Pirelli P Zero Corsa rubber (bear in mind though that the Nürburgring lap time was completed with Trofeo R alternatives). Interestingly, a combination of new carbon-fibre and aluminium used for the bodywork means the overall kerb weight has dropped by 40kg. While that may not sound like much (the total is 1382kg), that still equates to a 457bhp/ton power-to-weight ratio.
Inside – surprise, surprise – you’ll find reams of alcantara and carbon fibre trim, as befitting a track weapon whose price tag sits north of $255K, slotting it nicely alongside McLaren’s new 720S.
- Technical specifications available on page 2