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5 Definitive Things To Know About The Lamborghini Huracan Performante


The Huracan Performante is claimed to be faster around the Nurburgring than the Porsche 918 Spyder and will officially debut on February 23

Lamborghini Huracan Performante testing at the Nurburgring

UPDATE: Lamborghini Huracan Performante Launched in India at Rs, 3.97 crore, ex-showroom Delhi

Lamborghini lets you choose from a wide variety of their baby supercar - the Huracan. You can pick one with four- or two-wheel drive, with or without a roof. To make the choice slightly tougher, there's going to be yet another one.

Meet the Huracan Performante, which has its own little story for its name. Some sources report that while Lamborghini was deciding on a moniker to fit this car's purpose and personality, many felt Superleggera (super light) was the right one. However, since the latest Huracan is more about performance than light weight, the Performante moniker was what Lamborghini went ahead with. The Huracan Performante was thus born.

With the little side story out of the way, let's talk about the Huracan Performante. It is a revised version of the Huracan that will be more powerful than the standard car. However, is it based on the all-wheel drive car or the rear-wheel drive one? Is it really something special or just a more powerful Huracan? Read on to find out the 5 things you should definitely know about the Huracan Performante, if you like the regular Huracan:

The Huracan Performante zips around the Nurburgring

1. The (alleged) new king of Nurburgring

Lamborghini has been teasing us with a new car that is faster than the mighty, million-dollar, limited-run hybrid hypercar from Porsche, the 918 Spyder. The 918 Spyder has been able to go around the famed Green Hell in 6 minutes 57 seconds (we are talking about the Nordschleife loop here). Lamborghini claims the Huracan Performante is the one to navigate this track faster than the 918 Spyder. If that is true, then Lamborghini has built a serious piece of kit without resorting to hybrid technology and that is no small feat.

The face of Huracan Performante has similar touches as those on Aventador S

2. More power

The Huracan Performante will have more power than the run-of-the-mill Huracan (because it should). We think an increase of 20-40PS in power and a similar increase in torque would do the trick. However, consider the fact that the 'regular' Huracan makes 610PS power and 560Nm torque from its 5.2-litre V10 engine. Now, consider the power and torque output of the Huracan Performante, all coming from the same 5,200cc V10. Putting all that power down would require reworking the magnetorheological suspension (magnetic suspension) of the car and made Lamborghini base this car on the all-wheel drive Huracan.

The Huracan Performante zips around the Nurburgring

3. Less weight

A car putting down that much power should be able to handle all the g-forces generated by braking and accelerating in turns. Hence, Lamborghini has used more carbon-fibre (Lambo calls it Forged Carbon) to build the Huracan Performante. Most of this composite material can be found in the fixed rear wing of the car. A lightweight exhaust system contributes in reducing the car's weight too. All in all, the total weight savings on the Huracan Performante when compared to the standard all-wheel drive Huracan are nearly 40kg.

 

Currently, the Aventador SV is the fastest series production model from Lamborghini

4. Faster than even the Aventador SV?

The Aventador Super Veloce (SV) is the fastest production Lamborghini car to date. However, the arrival of the Huracan Performante may push it to the second spot. Why? Consider the power and torque increase of the Huracan Performante. Now, note that the all-wheel standard Huracan weighs 1,422kg (dry) which is less than the Aventador SV's 1,525kg. The Huracan Performante weighs less than the 'regular' Huracan while putting down more power. All this should help the Huracan Performante to blast from 0-100kmph in less than 2.8 seconds (time taken by the Aventador SV to go from 0-100kmph). The Aventador SV takes a nick under 7 minutes (6 minutes 59.73 seconds) to go around the Nurburgring. If Lamborghini's claim of Huracan Performante being faster around the Green Hell than Porsche 918 Spyder is true, then it is indeed faster than the Aventador SV.

The Huracan Performante rolls out of the pits at the Nurburgring

5. Debut set for February 23

The coming Thursday shall see the official debut of the Huracan Performante. This car may be the most ambitious project undertaken by Lamborghini to date when it comes to series-production cars. While the car has been spied testing many times now, you will still get to see the car in reality at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Until then, you will have to make do with the online debut of the Huracan Performante on Thursday, February 23.

Excited for the Huracan Performante? So are we! 

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