Italian sports car maker Lamborghini paid a visit to its Swiss neighbours early March to unveil the Huracan Performante, a quicker, lighter version of its entry-level model it calls a reworking of the concept of the “super-sports car.”
Lambo says by cutting weight, boosting power, and tweaking aerodynamics, it has created a Huracan capable of a 6:52:01 lap of the famed Nurburgring—faster than any standard production car to come before it.
And, the Italian automaker says, that was its goal from the start, and is what inspired the company to wrestle more horsepower from the engine, make the steering more responsive, cut weight through the use of ultra-light materials and, finally, help it make a cleaner cut through the air with an active aerodynamic system.
An extra 39 hp, for 640 total, comes courtesy a 5.2-litre V10 engine with freer-flowing intake and lightened exhaust, plus intake ducts designed via Lambo’s racing expertise, to help improve responsiveness. And the standard dual-clutch transmission has been revised to handle that extra power.
We aren’t given much detail about the aero tweaks, save that a system called Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva is “smart and innovative” and “adapts to the driving style and type of route.”
Lamborghini says forged composite spoilers front and rear were engineered to add downforce for extra stability through curves, and can also reduce aero resistance to help the car achive its top speed of “more than 325 km/h”—which doesn’t tell us much, because that’s the same spec the manufacturer offers regarding the standard Huracan coupe.
Inside, the seats are made of carbon fibre and they and other surfaces are upholstered in Alcantara. Other components were crafted from the same forged composite that went into those spoilers.
All told, with an extra 39 hp – for 640 total – and a curb weight 40 kg less (at 1,382 kg, 57 percent of which rests over the rear wheels) the Huracan Performante sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and to 200 km/h in 8.9, times 0.3 and one second quicker, respectively, than the basic Huracan.
Don’t look for Lambo to have the ultra-lightweight supercar space to itself for long, however: both Ferrari and McLaren have their own stripped-down race-inspired models due out any day now.