Lamborghini built its reputation on fast, beautiful supercars that inline with their companies Raging Bull could also be pretty aggressive. Some have argued that since its takeover by the VW Group the Italian marque has gone a little soft losing focus of what set it apart from its rival Ferrari but the word is, Lamborghini has its mojo back with the new Lamborghini Huracan Performante.
Lamborghini introduced its mid-engine Huracan in 2014 as a replacement for the ever-popular Gallardo, following up with a drop-top Spyder a year later. Now, there’s a new hardcore performance version on the horizon called the Performante, and so far, it’s looking like it’s going back to Lambo’s no nonsense roots.
That’s the word from our friends over at MotorTrend, who recently got a chance to wring out a camo-clad prototype on a racetrack in Italy. Highlights include a lower curb weight, more output from the mid-mounted V-10, updated electronic driver’s aides, new performance tires, a sharper transmission, stiffer suspension, and a new ABS system. All told, performance is expected to see a substantial improvement, with the 0-to-60 mph sprint estimated to fall in the mid-to-high 2-second range.
However, one of the most exciting features is the Huracan Performante’s new active aero technology. It’s called Aerodynamica Lamborghini Attiva, or ALA for short, and according to MT, it’s a whopper of an enhancement.
So then – this thing is fast. So fast, in fact, MotorTrend is reporting that the car could hit a time of 6:52 at the Nurburgring, besting the Porsche 918 by 5 seconds. Of course, Lambo has yet to reveal anything official.
Look for the Performante to make its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show this March.