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Lamborghini Huracan ‘Performante’ confirmed, getting active aero

January 20, 2017

Lamborghini’s upcoming high-performance Huracan will be called Performante and not Superleggera as originally suspected, and it will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March, a report has revealed.

According to a recent Motor Trend review of an early prototype, the car will produce around 474kW and 600Nm from its 5.2-litre V10 – some 24kW and 40Nm more than the regular LP 610-4, and around 47kW/60Nm more than the rear-wheel drive LP580-2. It will also weigh about 40kg less than the regular Huracan, further improving performance.

Like the recently unveiled Aventador S, the Huracan Performante will feature active aerodynamics that Lamborghini calls Aerodynamica Lamborghini Attiva. The system uses electric motors to control flaps on the front splitter and adjust the angle of the rear wing. Three modes: Strada, Sport and Corsa determine these angles and the speed at which they activate.

In Strada, all flaps fully open between 70km/h and 310km/h, then close so high-speed cruising can be maintained. In Sport they close at 180km/h to increase downforce for more cornering grip. In Corsa mode, the flaps can operate independently according to data from the car’s yaw sensors. Lamborghini calls this ‘aero vectoring’.

It’s hard to discern how it looks with all the swirly camouflage, but we can see a larger rear wing assembly and larger exhausts tucked further up into the bodywork. We’ll have to wait until Geneva to see how it all gels together.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.