Lamborghini Huracan Performante: new details revealed

Article by Christian A., on January 20, 2017

The newest version of the Lamborghini Huracan is not a Superleggera, but a Performante. When Lamborghini filed for a patent for a new name, there were still debates whether this would be for a Superleggera or a Performante. Now, we know it is for the Lamborghini Huracan Performante.

As its name indicates, the focus of the Lamborghini Huracan Performante is all about performance. While the Huracan Performante is lighter than a typical Huracan by around 90 lbs (40 kg), the weight saved wasn’t that great as the development didn’t focus on making the supercar as light as possible.

Hence, Lamborghini opted to baptize this Huracan as a Performante, instead of Superleggera (which is the Italian term for “super light”). A performance version of a Lamborghini Huracan is clearly at another level, considering that this supercar is already a true performer on the road.

So, how did Lamborghini go through the development of the Huracan Performante? While performance isn’t just about power, the amount of output and torque that a vehicle has is a big factor on how it would perform on the road. A typical Lamborghini Huracan is powered by 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine that delivers around 602 hp of max output and 413 lb.-ft. of peak torque – already a lot when compared to an average car on the road.

These numbers should be greater on the Huracan Performante if we are to expect another level of performance. This V10 engine in the Huracan Performante is expected to dish out between 625 hp and 640 hp of max output and 453 lb.-ft. of peak torque – thanks to the fitment of new intake and exhaust camshafts for the engine as well as an air intake derived from the Super Trofeo Huracán. Moreover, the Huracan Performante is fitted with a new exhaust system that could reduce backpressure.

However, the true definer of the performance for the new Huracan Performante is the carmaker’s patented ALA active aerodynamics system -- short for Aerodynamica Lamborghini Attiva. ALA could adjust its aero setup faster and more efficiently than traditional active aero that features a large wing on hydraulic struts. Employing fast-acting, electronically controlled motors to operate its flaps, ALA could close them in just 0.2 seconds to create aero vectoring. That should help the Huracan Performante achieve better performance on the road.

Of course, we shouldn’t discount the fact that the Huracan Performante is lighter by 90 pounds, thanks to its new exhaust system and use of forged carbon fiber composite as material for several parts like the rear wing. Lamborghini also reworked the suspension of the Huracan Performante, employing a third version of the so-called magnetorheological shocks. Other improvements include the improved ABS system, recalculated stability and traction control programs as well as an enhanced transmission system.

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