Controversies often prove to be extremely beneficial for marketing and creating hype around something; but when it’s related to breaking the lap record around the Nurburgring set by a million dollar hypercar, it gets a little too difficult to contain. Ahead of its official launch at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini teased the Huracan Performante by releasing its record-breaking lap time around the Nurburgring. The Lamborghini Huracan Performante dethroned the Porsche 918 hypercar to become the fastest production car to have lapped the track at Nordschleife. But not everyone is convinced that Lamborghini actually managed to do that and claim that the lap time posted by the Huracan Performante might be faked.
Fake or not, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante is one beast of a supercar. Although, it looks quite similar to the regular Huracan, it is not only lighter but packs more power. Then there is the sinister looking massive rear wing which is one of the biggest keys to the Performante’s insane track performance. Lamborghini calls it Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA), or active aerodynamics. Additionally, to make the chassis stiffer for greater performance, the springs and bars are 10 per cent stiffer than on the regular Huracán. The roll stiffness has been improved by 15 per cent, and the radial and axial arm bushings are a mind-blowing 50 per cent stiffer. Even ANIMA system that controls the various suspension modes has also been modified.
For the Huracan Performante, Lamborghini revised the 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated V10 to make it the company’s most powerful V10 ever. It churns out 631bhp and 442lb ft of torque which can propel the car from 0 to 62mph in 2.9 seconds and 0-124mph in 8.9 seconds. The Lamborghini Huracan Performante will go on sale this summer with a base price of $274,390.