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Lamborghini Huracan Performante Sets Nurburgring Record


Lamborghini enthusiasts now have even more to rave about when it comes to the performance of the luxury brand. The Huracan Performante has surpassed the Porsche 918 Spyder by setting a new lap record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. The Huracan Performante’s new lap record is six minutes and 52 seconds.

The vehicle, set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show, has received nothing but accolades from automotive experts. The team at MotorTrend writes, “The part of the Performante that’s going to excite you supercar lovers the most is ALA. That’s short for Aerodynamica Lamborghini Attiva, and the folks from Sant’Agata have just patented it because ALA is an entirely new way to do active aerodynamics.That isn’t all that’s improved, though. Power is up! And that’s always a good thing. Especially when your garden variety Huracán is capable of producing “only” 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque from its 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V-10. For Performante duty, the engine gets new intake and exhaust camshafts, an air intake borrowed from the gentlemen racer Super Trofeo Huracáns, and a new exhaust system that relieves backpressure. The result is 25 to 40 more horsepower and an additional 30 lb-ft of torque. Assume that final numbers will be between 625 and 640 hp and 453 lb-ft of torque. They’re still working out the details. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission has also been re-optimized for crisper, smarter shifts. The last time we tested a Huracán, it hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Expect the Performante to be quicker.”

Speaking of the car’s various modes and stability control settings, Lorenzo Rinaldi, Automobili Lamborghini’s Head of Vehicle Dynamics, said in a recent interview, “Sport is dedicated to make the car feel a little loose and tail-happy. For the fastest lap times, however, you’re better off in Corsa. It is more focused and sharper overall. Alternatively, you can of course switch off stability control altogether.”

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