We have seen it break the Nurburgring lap record, and now it’s finally here. The Lamborghini Huracan Performante is the hottest, most amazing production Huracan ever.
Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Huracan Performante is described as the “result of Lamborghini innovations, producing a super sports car balanced between achieving the best lap times on a circuit with the most engaging and dynamic road driving.” As you will soon find out, that’s hard to argue with…
Keep reading for ten amazing facts about the Lamborghini Huracan Performante supercar.
1. A Very Special Huracan
As one of the new kids on the supercar block, the Huracaán has received several variants in its relatively short existence. There is currently a rear-wheel drive version, a topless Spyder model, and a number of limited editions, but none have been as specialized and potent as the new Performante.
Every part of this special Huracan has been fined-tuned to kick ass, from the aerodynamics and chassis tuning to the powertrain and overall weight.
2. Nürburgring Record-Breaker
The adrenaline-infused baby Lambo was already in the spotlight well before its official unveiling at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, with the claim that it beat the significantly more expensive Porsche 918 Spyder to set a new Nürburgring lap record for the fastest production car. It’s time? 6:52:01 compared to the .
There are auto enthusiasts out who can’t or don’t want to swallow the Huracan Performante’s accomplishment, but what reason does Lamborghini have to lie, especially when considering the company and Porsche are part of the Volkswagen Group?
Rather than enter into a senseless debate, let’s go over the many things Lamborghini’s engineers and designers did to create what can be viewed as an ultimate machine…
3. Same Engine, More Power
You might be surprised to find out that the amazing Huracan Performante isn’t packing any new hardware under its hood. Rather, Lamborghini’s engineers took the same 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine as the rest of the Huracan family, reduced its weight by 40 kg (88 lbs) and upgraded it with an improved air intake, redesigned exhaust, new titanium valves and optimized fluid dynamics for the intake and exhaust.
The end result is 631 horsepower (640 PS) at 8000 rpm and 443 lb-ft. (600 Nm) of torque at 6500 rpm, an improvement of 30 HP (30 PS) and 40 Nm (30 lb-Ft.) of torque over the regular LP610-4 Coupe.
4. Beefed-Up Transmission for Faster Acceleration
More than 70 percent of the Huracan Performante’s 443 lb-ft. of torque is available at 1000 rpm, a level of performance that required engineers to beef up the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
All in all, the Italian supercar can accelerate to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.9 seconds from a standstill and to 124 mph (200 km/h) in 8.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of over 202 mph (325 km/h) if given enough tarmac.
That makes the Performante 0.3sec and 1.0sec quicker, respectively, than the regular Huracan, though they both have the same top speeds.
Those acceleration times are probably conservative estimates, seeing as a publication like Car and Driver was able to launch the regular Huracan to 60mph in only 2.5 seconds in one of their .
5. Superior Suspension and Brakes
The Lamborghini Huracan Performante also benefits from a heavily-revised suspension system that’s 10 percent stiffer overall to provide better track performance. The front and rear control-arm setup has conventional dampers, but they can be swapped for adaptive magnetorheological units.
Other performance highlights include an electronically-controlled four-wheel drive system with a limited-slip rear differential, 20-inch forged wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires specifically-developed for the car, and ventilated and cross-drilled carbon-ceramic rotors with six-piston calipers in the front and four-pot binders in the rear.
Bringing the Huracan Performante to a complete stop from 62 mph (100 km/h) takes 101.7 feet (31 meters), which is 3 feet (0.9 meters) less than the regular Huracan.
6. Cutting Through Air Like a Boss
Lamborghini’s engineers developed a new aerodynamics system specifically for the Huracan Performante. Called Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA), it mostly features carbon fiber composite materials in its construction.
The system incorporates the front and rear spoiler, engine bonnet, air ducts and active flaps, rear bumper with diffuser, with each individual part acting in milliseconds to provide more downforce for cornering and less drag at speed when needed. There is also a rear wing with a split internal air channel for aero vectoring that improves high-speed cornering.
Lamborghini claims ALA is 80 percent lighter than a hydraulically controlled aero system and helps the Performante create 750 percent more downforce than the regular Huracán.
7. Race Car Styling
The exterior design of the Huracan Performante is said to reflect the pure lines and performance of Lamborghini Super Trofeo race cars. It also draws inspiration from naked performance motorcycles, notably the exposed frames and ‘streetfighter’ structures of their rear ends, and highlights its active aerodynamics (ALA) and lightweight build.
Matt and gloss black carbon fiber trim contrast the matt body color. Do you like what you see?
8. Sports Car Interior with CarPlay
The racy interior is inspired by the exterior, featuring dark colored Alcantara fabric throughout and air vents, shift paddles, door handles, and center console that are all made of carbon composite.
It also boasts a new graphic display that shows the driver when and how the ALA is working, including the dynamic aero adjustments.
Apple CarPlay and its various iPhone apps are supported, including the Lamborghini telemetry system that allows drivers to record and replay their own performance.
9. Style it Like You Want
The Huracán Performante looks stunning, but those looking to personalize its appearance even further can use the Lamborghini Ad Personam Program to do so.
What styling changes would you make to your Huracán Performante?
10. Pay A Lot to Play
As you would imagine, as an exotic supercar, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante doesn’t come cheap, and buyers in the U.S. will need at least $274,390 to even hope of owning one.
Prices start at €195,040 in Europe, £173,271 in the UK, YEN 31,638,800 in Japan, and RMB 3,850,000 in China.
What would you do for one?
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Ford Mustang Bullitt Returns For 2019
The Ford Mustang Bullitt is back! Ford unveiled the latest iteration of its special-edition muscle car at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic movie “Bullitt”.
The Bullit has been an occasional entry in the Mustang lineup since 2001, with all sporting the Dark Highland Green of the original movie car. In the case of the new Mustang Bullitt, that beautiful exterior color (you can also get in ‘Shadow Black’) is set off by a badgeless grille, retro 19-inch gloss black torque thrust wheels, and red brake calipers.
Inside, there are a number of unique touches befitting its status as a special edition vehicle, including a 12-inch digital screen that displays a unique Bullitt welcome graphic of the car rather than the pony and a white cue ball shift knob that pays homage to the original. Just think the equipment you get in a GT Premium but a tad bit cooler.
Power is provided by an upgraded 5.0-liter V8 that produces least 475 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. Paired to a manual transmission, it delivers a top speed of 163 mph, which is an 8 mph increase over the Mustang GT.
Components from the Mustang GT’s Performance Package such as MagneRide suspension and Brembo brakes come standard, as do Recaro seats.
The special-edition 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt goes on sale in summer 2018 with a manual transmission.
Cadillac Announces ATS-V and CTS-V Championship Editions
Cadillac has introduced new Championship Editions of the Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V to celebrate the company’s win of the 2017 IMSA Manufacturer, Driver, Team and Endurance Championships.
Both commemorative ATS-V and CTS-V are available in Black Raven or Crystal White with Cadillac V-Performance graphics on the hood and rear spoiler and come with Red Obsession side-view mirror caps, a DPi-V.R graphic on the quarter windows, Red Brembo brake calipers and forged polish-finished alloy V-Series wheels with Midnight Silver painted pockets.
A Morello Red detail package gives their interiors Jet Black Recaro seats, red front and rear door armrests and Morello accented high gloss carbon fiber interior trim.
The 2018 Cadillac Championship Edition ATS-V starts at $72,190 for the sedan and $74,390 for the coupe, while the 2018 CTS-V Championship Edition sedan starts at $105,730.
Porsche Making Gas-Electric 911 To Take On New Tesla Roadster?
Likely caught off guard by the ridiculously bonkers performance of the new Tesla Roadster electric sports car, Porsche is now working on a gas-electric Porsche 911 after previously shelving plans for such a model.
Tesla’s new Roadster can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under 2 seconds (1.9 secs, to be precise) and to 100 mph (161 km/h) in only 4.2 seconds, a level of performance unmatched by any production car to date, not even the mighty, 1,479 horsepower Bugatti Chiron. Production begins in 2020.
According to , the Porsche 911 Hybrid will be introduced a few years after the next-generation 911 arrives in 2019, meaning it could it hit the market around the same time the Tesla Roadster does.
As a hybrid, the 911 won’t be a fully electric vehicle like the Roadster, with Porsche targeting an electric driving range around 40 miles compared to the Tesla’s 620-mile range.
Porsche has yet to confirm development of the car, but a spokesman confirmed to Bloomberg that the next 911 allows integration of an electric powertrain. The German automaker was even reported to be looking at solid-state battery technology for future electrified versions of the 911 and Boxster.