Finally, the long wait is over, the new Lamborghini Huracán Performante was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and we now know the power output is 640hp; by losing 40kg in weight and adding Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (or ALA), the Performante managed to set a new world record for production cars at the famous Nürburgring in Germany by completing a lap in only 6:52.01.
The Huracán Performante keeps the all-wheel-drive transmission from the LP610-4 but adds 30hp to the 5.2 Liter V10 engine while the special Pirelli tires and aero vectoring create a perfect track weapon while maintaining the road driving capabilities the Performante is the pinnacle of the V10 lineup at Lamborghini.
The hybrid chassis of the Huracán Performante receives a body made from aluminum combined with Lamborghini’s own Forged Composite material that allows the formation of more complex forms compared to regular carbon fiber; on the Performante, the front bumper, rear spoiler, engine cover, rear bumper, and lower diffuser are made from this new material.
Probably the most important innovation on the Huracán Performante is the new ALA, active aerodynamic system, developed and patented by Lamborghini this new system is hiding from view but allows the modification of airflow on this new V10. Flaps in the front spoiler are closed to create downforce at high-speed curves and under hard braking, but these open to allow air to flow through the undertray of the Performante.
Under the engine cover, a quartet of ducts is fitted, two that allow cooling of the large V10 engine while the other two work in conjunction with the large rear wing, which actually sits on hollow struts to allow airflow into the wing itself, with the flaps in the rear wing closed it acts like a normal, high downforce aerofoil but when open the drag is significantly reduced to allow a higher top speed.
The show car in Geneva is finished in a new shade called Arancio Anthaeus, a matt orange that contrasts nicely with the glossy Forged Composite sections and the combination of gloss and matt carbon fiber, a shade that perfectly shows the aggressive new styling found on the Huracán Performante a styling inspired by naked racing bikes, showing their frame and featuring large air intakes with no grilles.
At the front, the active aerodynamic section is shown in clear Forged Composite while the front spoiler is a very open design, clearly showing race track inspiration and maintaining a lightweight feeling.
The new engine cover has integrated air intakes together with a Plexiglas cover (to keep weight down compared to glass); this allows a clear view of the bronze-finished manifold covers of the high-power V10 engine, a finish we’ve seen on previous special edition Lamborghini before like the Diablo SE30 while the large rear wing with integrated air ducts could never be made from regular carbon fiber but required Forged Composite technology.
On the side, we notice the lower sills are finished in black while the Performante proudly shows the Italian tricolore colors and glossy black rear view mirrors as standard fitment the Huracán Performante receives a set of Narvi 20-inch forged wheels, finished in bronze; optional Loge wheels offer a center lock while Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires have been created specifically for the new Performante as an option you can mount Pirelli Trofeo R track tires note that these do come with a homologation for street use.
By raising the exhaust pipes higher onto the rear section of the Huracán, they not only look amazing, they also deliver a more intimidating sound together with less back pressure while the entire exhaust package has become lighter, too, compared to the LP610-4.
Inside the Huracán Performante, the use of Forged Composite continues on the air vents, paddles, door handles, and central console combined with lightweight Alcantara fabric. The sports seats can receive an optional Y pattern lasered onto them, but you can also opt for comfort seats if you prefer a smoother ride, a nice display on the dashboard shows the ALA in real-time.
Engine & Fuel Economy
The Lamborghini Huracan LP 640-4 Performante is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine that generates 640 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels through Lamborghini’s all-wheel-drive system.
With this powerful engine, the Huracan LP 640-4 Performante can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of over 202 mph. The car also features an active aerodynamics system called Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA), which improves high-speed stability and cornering performance.
As for fuel economy, the Huracan LP 640-4 Performante is not known for its efficiency, with an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. However, this is typical for high-performance supercars and is not a major concern for most buyers.
The Lamborghini Huracan LP 640-4 Performante features a sleek and aerodynamic design with a sharp and aggressive front end, complete with a signature Lamborghini Y-shaped LED headlights. The body features extensive use of lightweight carbon fiber to reduce weight, and the car sits on 20-inch forged wheels with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.
The interior of the Huracan LP 640-4 Performante is just as impressive, with a driver-focused cabin and a luxurious feel. The cockpit is designed to maximize visibility and features premium leather and Alcantara materials with carbon fiber accents throughout. The car also has a high-tech infotainment system with a large touchscreen display, navigation, and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Huracan LP 640-4 Performante also has several available options and customizations, allowing buyers to personalize their cars with a wide range of colors, materials, and finishes. Some of the available options include a sport exhaust system, a lifting system for the front axle, and various interior and exterior color schemes.
The price is set at €195,040 in Europe, £173,271 in the UK, and $274,390 in the US, excluding tax. The first deliveries to customers were scheduled for the summer of 2017.
As of today, used Lamborghini Huracan LP 640-4 Performante cars are available for purchase, with prices ranging from around $239,950 to $308,859 depending on the year and model.