New Lamborghini Huracan Performante revealed in full

The Huracan Performante Nurburgring record-breaker is lighter and more powerful than the standard car with active aerodynamics

After an amazing performance around the Nurburgring last week, Lamborghini has shown off its new Huracan Performante in full before it goes on sale in the summer. The Performante is a more track-focused version of the Huracan supercar, which sits under the Aventador in Lamborghini’s range – but woe betide anyone who discounts it as the poor smaller sibling…

The Huracan Performante’s underpinnings are a hybrid of aluminium and carbonfibre, and by forging the front and rear spoilers, engine cover, rear bumper and diffuser out of composites the Performante manages to shave 40kg off the weight of the standard car.

Subscribe to evo magazine

evo is 21 and to celebrate, we're returning to 1998 prices! Subscribe now to SAVE 39% on the shop price and get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £25!

> Read our preview of the 2017 Geneva motor show here

The engine has been tweaked, too. A 29bhp power boost means the Huracan Performante now puts out 631bhp, and torque is an impressive 443lb ft. That contributes to a 0-62mph time of just 2.9 seconds – and a 0-124mph time of an incredible 8.9 seconds.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

But power and low weight alone can’t contribute to the Huracan’s incredible Nurburgring lap time of 6:52.01 – and that’s where the active aero systems come in, named ‘Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva’. The forged carbon front spoiler has active flaps on the top surface, while two ducts on the rear engine cover are connected to the inner channels of the rear wing.

> evo comment - 'Lambo's ring record is amazing, but the driver's the star'

When the flaps are closed, the rear wing acts as a traditional spoiler, providing vertical downforce, but when they’re open air is channelled through ridges underneath the wing to reduce drag and maximise acceleration. The ducts can even operate independently, allowing what Lamborghini calls ‘aero vectoring’ for faster cornering.

The Performante also operates a stiffer suspension setup than the standard Huracan, while 20-inch alloy wheels allow the car to run on Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres – although the Nurburgring record was set on Trofeo R tyres.

Inside, the Performante is filled with Alcantara trim and – yes – more carbon fibre. Owners can even customise their car to their own taste, though with a suggested starting price of nearly £210,000 it’s bound to make an already expensive car even more so.

Rivals are unlikely to be caught unaware however, the Ferrari 488 GTB is nearly due its own stripped out variant and McLarens upcoming Super Series supercar will give the whole segment a shakeup when it gets shown off at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/lamborghini/huracan/202081/new-lamborghini-huracan-evo-rear-wheel-drive-aims-to-be-the-drivers
Lamborghini Huracan

New Lamborghini Huracan Evo Rear-Wheel Drive announced

4 Jan 2020
Visit/ferrari/f430
Ferrari F430 coupe

Ferrari F430 used buying guide 

24 Jan 2020
Visit/porsche/18843/car-pictures-of-the-week
Porsche

Car pictures of the week

24 Jan 2020
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/seat/leon-cupra/202143/seat-leon-cupra-r-st-abt-review-spicy-spanish-dish-gets-even-more-sizzle
SEAT Leon Cupra

SEAT Leon Cupra R ST Abt review

50 horsepower boost puts extra pep in the Leon Cupra’s already athletic step
23 Jan 2020
Visit/dodge/202135/police-spec-dodge-charger-given-1500bhp-widebody-kit-and-awd
Dodge

Dodge Charger given 1500bhp, widebody kit and AWD 

US-based Speedkore Performance works its magic for one-off creation
22 Jan 2020
Visit/volkswagen/golf-gti/22866/new-volkswagen-golf-gti-to-be-revealed-at-geneva-motor-show-plus-new
Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback

New Volkswagen Golf GTI to be revealed at Geneva motor show – plus new insight on the next Golf R

2020 VW Golf GTI returns in eighth-generation form at this year’s Geneva motor show
20 Jan 2020
Visit/features/22907/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-col-de-turini
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019