Lamborghini took the already-stellar Huracán supercar and turned it into a record-breaking track weapon called the Performante. It’s definitely quick, but does it deliver the behind-the-wheel thrills of the original? Host Jonny Lieberman finds out on this episode of Ignition.
The 2017 Lamborghini Huracán Performante uses the same 5.2-liter V-10 as the standard model, but gets a power bump to 631 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque – up 29 hp and 30 lb-ft. The Performante also gets a revised seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, reprogrammed all-wheel-drive system, new aero features, and specially tuned magnetic shocks. It’s about 100 pounds lighter than a normal Huracán thanks to Forged Carbon composite parts. The Performante’s big aerodynamic party trick is its patented Aerodynamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA) system. In the video, Lieberman explains how ALA differs from active aero systems on other supercars. ALA allows the Performante to have a fixed rear wing, and opens and closes flaps in the body to control drag and downforce. To demonstrate how this system works, Lieberman takes the Performante around Italy’s famed Imola circuit.
On the track, Lieberman finds that these improvements work in concert to create something that’s very different from your run-of-the-mill Huracán. But is the current fastest production car around the Nürburgring also a hoot to drive? Find out in the full episode below.