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 Celebrates 50 Years Of Mustang Cobra Jet With A Demon-Killer
The first Mustang Cobra Jet hit the track way back in 1968.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its iconic Turnkey racecar, Ford took to the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise to show off the fastest, most powerful drag racing Mustang ever.
The aptly-named 2018 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet is capable of pulling off mid-eight-second quarter-mile passes and reach a top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h), making it a full second faster than the race-equipped, 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon in the quarter mile.
Power comes from a special 5.2-liter version of the automaker’s 5.0-liter V8, fitted with 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger and backed by a 9-inch solid rear axle. It also boasts a two-way coil-over shocks with adjustable ride height, a low-drag disc brake system, a four-link rear suspension with antiroll and panhard bars, and anniversary-badged racing wheels.
The standard NHRA-certified safety roll cage will surely come in handy, as will the FIA-certified seats.
Ford’s 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet is available in either Race Red or Oxford White and it’s priced at $130,000. Only 68 examples will be built, in honor of the year it debuted.
2019 Honda Civic Brings Updated Styling, New Sport Trim
The Honda Civic has received a number of updates for its 2019 model year, including an exterior refresh, more standard safety features and a new Sport trim.
Outside, the 2019 Civic introduces a revised front end with new upper and lower fascias, a re-sculpted bumper, a full-width front splitter, chrome side pod accents, and updated headlights. New wheel designs and a new chrome accent on the rear bumper of the Sedan round out the exterior upgrades.
Positioned between the EX and EX (Touring in Canada), the Civic Sport trim is intended to be a value model with a more athletic aesthetic. It is distinguished by a piano black lower front fascia, side pod accents, a rear decklid spoiler on the sedan, a splitter-style rear lower bumper with a chrome polygonal exhaust finisher, and 18-inch 10-spoke black alloy wheels.
Both the Civic Sport sedan and coupe come equipped with a seven-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a volume button, while power is provided by a 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC VTEC engine that can be mated to either a CVT or a 6-speed manual.
All trims of the Civic now come standard with the Honda Sensing suite of safety fearures, which includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation, a Lane Keeping Assist System, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
Ford Builds 10 Millionth Mustang, Celebrates With P-51 Mustang Fighters
It’s almost hard to believe, but Ford has built over 10 million units of the iconic Ford Mustangs. The company celebrated the milestone with employee at its Dearborn headquarters and Flat Rock assembly plant, highlighted by flyovers from three World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighters.
The 10 millionth Mustang was a 2019 Mustang GT convertible painted in Wimbledon White and powered by a 460-horsepower V8 and six-speed manual gearbox.
Produced in 1964, the first serialized Mustang (VIN 001) was the same color and had a 64-horsepower V8 with a three-speed manual transmission.
Ford claims the Mustang is America’s best-selling sports car over the past 50 years and the best-selling globally for three years straight. Jim Farley, president of global markets, Ford Motor Company, stated:
“Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favorite around the world. I get the same thrill seeing a Mustang roll down a street in Detroit, London or Beijing that I felt when I bought my first car – a 1966 Mustang coupe that I drove across the country as a teenager. Mustang is a smile-maker in any language.”
Here a timeline of Ford’s muscle car over the decades:
— 2019 Limited-edition Mustang Bullitt with 480 horsepower
— 2018 Updated style, new 5.0-liter V8 engine with 460 horsepower and Performance Pack II
— 2015 All-new sixth generation Mustang, first with independent rear suspension and Shelby GT350 / GT350R with flat-plane crank 5.2-liter V8
— 2012 First Boss 302 since 1971 returns with 444 horsepower V8
— 2011 All-new 412-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 Mustang GT debuts
— 2008 Iconic Bullitt Mustang returns
— 2007 California Special edition returns
— 2004 Dearborn Assembly Plant ends 40 years of Mustang production; moves to Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Mich.
— 2003 Mustang Mach 1 model returns with Ram-Air “Shaker” hood scoop
— 2001 Debut of Mustang Bullitt limited-edition salute to movie car
— 2000 SVT Mustang Cobra “R” race version returns
— 1993 Limited production SVT Mustang Cobra debuts
— 1984 Mustang SVO debuts
— 1982 Mustang GT returns after 12-year absence
— 1979 Euro-styled “Fox” platform Mustang debuts
— 1976 Cobra II joins the lineup
— 1974 Mustang II debuts amid gas crisis; no V8 engine offered until 1975
— 1970 Ram-Air “Shaker” hood offered
— 1969 High-performance Boss 302 and Boss 429 introduced
— 1968 Mustang 390 GT stars with Steve McQueen in “Bullitt”; 428 Cobra Jet engine debuts
— 1965 Shelby GT350 introduced; Mustang 2+2 with full fastback roof debuts
With the Mustang being around for as long as it has, the pickings have been plenty. What is your favorite Mustang of all time?
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