You might remember the new Lamborghini Huracan Performante from its insane Nurburgring run video, released last week. Now we have the super-Lambo’s official debut and a complete breakdown on the car’s aerodynamic changes, engine upgrades and interior details.
A host of styling changes designed to increase performance are the most noticeable tweaks to the Huracán Performante. These are more than visual cues. Eighty-eight pounds have been cut over the standard Huracán. Active aero, called Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA), and carbon bits are found all around the car’s exterior.
The front and rear spoilers have electrically actuated flaps that can adjust aerodynamics in real time. When ALA is off, flaps inside the front spoiler are closed, generating high downforce for high-speed cornering and full braking conditions. When the system is on, the flaps open, allowing air to flow through special channels under the car. This reduces drag and optimizes conditions for maximum acceleration and top speed.
Out back, two central ducts are always open to allow underhood ventilating and cooling. Two external ducts connect the inner channels to the rear wing, which is controlled by two flaps. The flaps are closed when the system is off, allowing the wing to operate as a traditional piece. This increases downforce by 750 percent over the standard Huracán.
In what Lamborghini calls high-throttle conditions, the ALA system opens the rear flaps to allow air through ridges underneath the wing, reducing drag and maximizing top speed and acceleration. The flaps can also detect which way the car is turning and direct the airflow as such, increasing downforce and traction on the inner wheel.
Powertrain performance is obviously improved. The V10 engine now makes 640 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. A new bronze manifold distinguishes the high-output engine from the standard mill. Intake and exhaust systems have been improved, including the installation of titanium valves and a redesigned exhaust system. Power is sent to all four wheels, which are available in two different designs. Top speed is about 202 mph, while a run from 62 mph from a standstill takes just 2.9 seconds.
Inside, a number of upgrades have been added. Forged composite air vents, door handles, center console and paddles contrast the dark Alcantara suede fabric used throughout the interior. The digital cockpit allows displays to be configured depending on the driving mode: Strada, Sport or Corsa.
The Lamborghini Huracán Performante will begin arriving in customer garages this summer. Starting price is $274,390 without the destination charge.