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(Bloomberg) -- Monday night, prior to its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini unveiled the latest in its line of Huracán variants, the Lamborghini Huracán Performante.
The Huracán Performante comes with more power, better Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, a re-engineered suspension, and upgraded traction control over its predecessors. It has a 640 horsepower on a naturally aspirated V10 engine and a more stabilized, lightening-fast seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. At 1,382 kg (just over 3,000 pounds) it’s also 88 pounds lighter than the standard-issue Huracán, thanks to even more of that special forged carbon fiber Lamborghini loves to use on its monster cars.
“This new car represents the powerhouse of Lamborghini DNA and innovation, and a 360-degree approach to creating class-leading super sports cars," said Stefano Domenicali, the head of Lamborghini. "It illustrates the pinnacle of Lamborghini V10 production car performance to date."
Most important from an engineering standpoint in the Huracán Performante is a new system called ALA, which electronically opens and closes air intake vents at various points on the car to reduce drag and increase downforce. The idea is that this new technology specially makes the car significantly more precise in its ability to navigate super-high speeds.
The improvements are more than working. Last week news reports surfaced that the Huracán Performante had set a new record on the Nürburgring track in Germany, beating the previous production car record holder, the Porsche 918 Spyder, by five seconds and Lambo’s flagship Aventador SV by seven seconds. Lamborghini confirmed the reports in Geneva tonight.
This one-up on the Aventador is especially rich because the Huracán is considered the smaller, slower, most-accessible of the Italian brand’s lineup—for many die-hard Lamborghini fans, “accessible” means basic, which is not an admirable trait. But the Huracán is anything but that.
Lamborghini says the Performante, which has a permanent four-wheel drive system and electromechanical power steering, will hit 0-60mph in fewer than 2.9 seconds. It’s due out this summer, with a starting price of $274,390 in the U.S.
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