On Tuesday, Lamborghini unveiled its much anticipated Huracán Performante supercar at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
Even though Lamborghini has always been recognised for its striking design and on-road performance, the Huracán Performante is designed to remind the motoring public that the raging bull can do damage on the track as well.
“This new car represents the powerhouse of Lamborghini DNA and innovation, and a 360-degree approach to creating class-leading super sports cars,” Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and CEO, Stefano Domenicali, said in a statement.
“It illustrates the pinnacle of Lamborghini V10 production car performance to date, on both track and road, and is perfectly exemplified by its name: Lamborghini Huracán Performante.”
In fact, the Huracán Performante made news recently by blitzing Germany’s notorious Nürburgring Nordschleife race track in just 6 minutes and 52.01 seconds — a new production car record that bests Porsche’s mighty 918 Spyder hypercar by five seconds. In fact, the Performante’s lap times makes it roughly half a minute faster around the infamous 14-mile-long track than its rival Ferrari 488 GTB.
At the heart of the Performante’s magic is a naturally aspirated 5.2 litre, V10 engine sourced from parent company Audi. Here, it produces a prodigious 640 horsepower going to all wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and a fifth generation Haldex four-wheel-drive system.
In addition, the Performante is built on a hybrid aluminium and carbon fibre frame with major structural components made from Forged Composite materials. All of which contributes to roughly 90 lbs of weight savings over the standard Huracán.
The upgraded Huracán is also equipped with an active aerodynamic system that uses a series computer controlled wings and flaps to modulate the grip levels based on driving conditions.
All together, the Huracán Performante is capable of hitting 60 mph from a standstill in just 2.9 seconds and 124 mph in 8.9 seconds.
Those lucky enough to have the $US274,390 needed to acquire the Lamborghini Huracán Performante will begin to take delivery this summer.
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