The Italian exotic automaker decided to showcase all of its credentials during the 2017 edition of the Geneva International Auto Show, with the Huracan Performante not only coming fresh off the Nürburgring production lap record, but also with the most powerful V10 ever.
Lamborghini is officially showing the entire world the Huracan is so much more than a successor to the praised Gallardo – and continues to enhance the series with the introduction of the new Performante version, taking the mantle of the previous Gallarado Superleggera. The Performante’s design is inspired by the Huracán Super Trofeo racer, specifically when discussing the high-mounted exhaust and massive diffuser.
The company has also opted for its proprietary Forged Composite carbon fiber on the front and rear spoiler, engine cover, rear bumper, and diffuser. The lightweight components lower the weight compared to the regular model by 88 pounds (40 kilograms). There’s also some active aerodynamics – Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva, that can change between max-downforce or low-drag setups by adjusting flaps in the front spoiler and at the rear.
The well-known 5.2-liter V10 is still present in the back, but it has been taken to an outstanding 630 horsepower (470 kilowatts) and 443 pound-feet (600 newton-meters) thanks to titanium valves, a revised intake, and lighter exhaust – and it’s still hooked to the seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Thus the Performante will speed to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in just 2.9 seconds and 124 mph (200 kph) in 8.9 seconds – top speed is rated at 202 mph (325 kph). Clients looking for the extra perk can have magneto rheological suspension as well as variable ratio steering.
The Forged Composite carbon fiber also makes an appearance in the cockpit where it pads the air vents, paddles, door handles, and center console – a new display on the dashboard will show how the active aero system works. Prices kick off from $274,390 in the United States, 195,040 euros in Europe, 173,271 pounds in the United Kingdom, 3,850,000 renminbi in China, and 31,638,800 yen in Japan.