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Lamborghini Huracán Performante Review: The Huracán…Except Better

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You could be forgiven for thinking that this Huracan Performante review is simply the next generation Huracan with a few extra bells and whistles. Why? Because that’s what we naively did before driving this ourselves.

Turns out it’s actually MUCH more than that. Lamborghini were keen to push the Huracán to its limits on the track but still have it perform as a road car, so they’ve worked hard to overhaul the standard Huracán dramatically and created the Huracán Performante .

Here’s what we found…

3 Days Earlier

We first laid eyes on the Huracán Performante at a special car event a few weeks earlier. It had been overcast at the time but this time the sunshine was out in full force and the Ad Personam Rossa Bia Glitter paint was glistening from every angle thanks to all 7 layers of the specialty glitter paint (an optional extra at $27,500). At first glance, it’s very similar in appearance to the Huracán, sharing the same design facets of the “spiky hexaganol form of the carbon atom” as Lamborghini describes it, but the marble/camouflage look of the forged carbon on the front splitter and the rear wing is the give-away between the standard Huracán and the Performante.

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Performance

Being the baby bull with its V10 engine, it sits slightly smaller on the road than the Aventador’s, but here’s where it gets fun – this is Lamborghini’s fastest production car to date.

This was proven on at Nurburgring Nordschleife track when it covered the 20.6km (12.8 miles) track in 6:52:01, beating the Porsche 918 spyder with its 2 electric motors and smashing the record set by the Aventador SV by 7 seconds.

Then when you discover it beat the standard Huracán around the track by 36 seconds, you really start to understand there have been some serious changes made.

SO, HOW DID THEY DO THIS??

This was the question we wanted to find out ourselves. Turns out there are three ingredients that have gone into the baking of this Performante speed cake as we’ll call it.

Body & Engine

The first one is the body & engine itself which has been completely re-engineered. The naturally aspirated V10 engine with its Audi DNA has been ref-fitted with titanium valves and has a higher torque and power output of 640 horsepower. The suspension has been stiffened and improved, the exhaust system is lighter and they’ve also fine-tuned the double-clutch transmission (while one gear is engaged, the next one has already been selected and when driving it feels like gear shift happens instantaneously).

Carbon Fiber Forged Composites®

Secondly, Lamborghini have used the marble looking carbon fiber extensively throughout the Performante. This material is a patented forged carbon fiber created by Lamborghini known as “Forged Composites®” and is a much lighter & stronger material made of chopped up carbon fibers, forged in resin, which shaves 40 kilograms (90 pounds) off the weight of the standard Huracán.

ALA – Active Aerodynamic System

And last but probably most importantly, Lamborghini have introduced the active aerodynamic system known as “ALA” which stands for “Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva” and is 80% lighter than a traditional hydraulic system.

This clever system completely integrates into the design of the car and actively manages the aerodynamics of the Performante whilst driving. When necessary, it can increase the vertical load to assist stability and speed through curves or reduces aerodynamic resistance to assist acceleration. It does all of this by channeling air through the front spoiler and rear wing

To better explain – part of the ALA system is built into the front spoiler which has electric motors with active flaps that allows air to flow through. When the ALA is off, the flaps inside the front spoiler are closed which generates high down force for high speed cornering and full braking.

When the ALA is active, the front flaps are opened, allowing the air to flow through an inner channel and the underside of the car, reducing the air pressure on the front spoiler and drag. This is best for maximum acceleration.

Not to mention, all of this is done within 500 milliseconds.

Meanwhile at the back, the rear of the Huracán is designed around the four air ducts. Two of the air ducts are permanently open and channel air for ventilation and exhaust cooling while the other two ducts are directed into to the hollow wing and struts.

When the ALA system is turned off, the rear flaps are closed on the wing which makes it act like a traditional fixed wing, giving maximum stability in high speed cornering (the difference between the Huracán coupe and the Huracán Performante is a huge 750% added downforce!!).

When the ALA system is turned on though, the rear flaps open and direct air under the rear wing which minimises drag on the car and allows for maximum acceleration.

The ALA system comes into a league of its own especially when cornering as the active system splits the flow of air into the left and right sides of the wing, depending on which side of the car requires increased downforce and traction

On top of all that, the rear wing also splits the flow of air into left and right sides so that the ALA system can improve dynamic stability by actively directing air to increase downforce on the inner wheel when cornering.

Very clever.

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Inside

Inside the car, the forged carbon carries over and we notice that this Performante has come with the track bucket seats. There is the option for the comfort seats though if you plan on using it for daily driving and after 3 days driving on public roads with the the track seats you can start to understand why. While fun to really feel every movement of the car, if you plan on using this car any longer than an hour a day you’ll need the softer seats so you don’t feel like you’ve been pummeled in the back by an overly eager Swedish masseuse.

Driving Modes

In the Huracán Performante you’ll still find the standard Lamborghini driving modes to choose from when driving: Strada, Sport & Corsa.

In Strada mode, traction and stability have been prioritized while Sport mode favours more rear-wheel drive allowing for oversteer and drifting.

As always, Corsa is the mode best for track performance and in the Performante you’ll notice that when you’re in Corsa mode that the instrument panel switches to “race car mode” and you can see the tachometer and gear indicator.

Quick tip: Hold down the button on the left hand of the steering wheel for 5 seconds and the ALA system appears on the instrument panel in front of you and then switches to the panel in between the driver and passenger seat so you can see the ALA system in real time while you’re driving, showing data on the downforce and drag.

There is also the optional extras like CarPlay which lets you pair your iPhone so you can see the apps on the instrument panel and the Lamborghini Telemetry System which records your driving performance in real time.

Wheels

Another difference between the two models is the wheels. Where the Huracán uses standard Pirelli P Zero tyres, the Performante sits on bronze 20″ Narvi forged rims and come with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres especially designed for road and track use. If you are REALLY serious about racing though you’ll want to take the option of the stickier high performance Pirelli Trofeo R track tyres.

Lamborghini Huracán Performante Fast Facts

  • Vehicle type: Two-door/ two-passenger super sports car
  • Base price: $US274,390 (in Australia $483,866 + $97,760 for optional extras featured on this particular car + $50,954 on-road costs = AU$626,014)
  • Max speed: 325 km/h (201 mph)
  • Acceleration: 0-100km/h 62 mph in 2.9 sec
  • Engine: V10, 5.2 litre,naturally aspirated engine
  • Transmission: 7 speed dual-clutch automatic, 4 wheel-drive
  • Horsepower: 640HP
  • Torque: 442 pound-feet

Highs

– The incredible technology of the “ALA” system and the glued-to-the-road driving experience you get when pushing the Performante hard.

– The confidence you feel when taking corners.

– It’s fast. Very fast.

– Explaining how the technology of the ALA system works to an elderly gentleman who was fascinated by it and then have him come back 5 minutes later with his wife and hear him explain it to her in great detail all over again.

Lows

– Racing seats were firm and while best for track, not advised for long periods of every day driving.

  • Had a few observers note that at a quick glance, the forged composites on the rear wing and can appear “dusty” and look like it needs cleaning until you look closer and realise its actually the design of the forged carbon material! Not exactly a “low” but something you’ll want to see in person yourself to see what we mean.
  • With great power…comes a slightly higher cost (worth it in our opinion though).

– Having to hand it back.

Watch What It’s Like To Drive

It’s all well and good to write down what the experience was like, but we like to take it one step further….watch for yourself what it was like to spend a couple of days driving the Huracán Performante!

Special thanks to Lamborghini Brisbane .

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The new Bugatti ‘Centodieci’ Sold out before its release

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Only 10 Bugatti Centodieci cars to be made and all are sold before today’s official release.

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The New Bugatti Centodieci. Credit Bugatti

The newest Bugatti, the Centodieci, was officially revealed today, Aug 16th, at the Quail in Pebble Beach – Monterey Car Week 2019. Centodieci means 110 in Italian and the name has been selected for two reasons. Firstly the external styling of the Centodieci is inspired by, and pays hommage to, the early 1990’s Bugatti EB110 Super Sports car while the underlying chassis of the Centodieci is based on the Bugatti Chiron . The second reason for the name is that this year also marks the 110 year anniversary of Bugatti’s foundation and Bugatti wanted to produce a car that marked the milestone in history.

1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport front view
1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport front view for comparison.
Bugatti Centodieci flanked by the blue EB110 Super Sport and red Chiron
Bugatti Centodieci flanked by the blue EB110 Super Sport and red Chiron Credit: Bugatti

Driving Force

The Bugatti Centodieci is capped at 10 units worldwide with each starting at approximately EUR 8 million + VAT, however, at the cars launch Bugatti advised that all 10 cars are already sold out. The car’s Chiron underpinnings mean it has an 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine that pumps out an impressive 1600 hp, allowing it to reach 60 mph (100 km/h) in approximately 2.4 seconds, 200 km/h in 6.1 seconds and to 300 km/h in 13.1 seconds continuing through to an electronically limited 380 km/h top speed. Careful planning and weight reduction enabled the Centodieci to achieve a sensational power to weight ratio of just 1.13 kilograms per horsepower.

Bugatti Centodieci rear view with tailights
Bugatti Centodieci rear view with tailights. Credit: Bugatti
1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport Rear
1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport rear for comparison.

Centodieci Design

There are many areas in which the new special edition Bugatti Centodieci echoes the former super sports car of the 1990s. Achim Anscheidt, Head Designer at Bugatti noted in regards to the styling “The challenge was not to allow oneself to be captivated too much by the design of the historic vehicle and work solely in retrospect, but instead to create a modern interpretation of the shape and technology of that time”. Even sportier and more extreme than the Bugatti Chiron and Divo hyper sports cars, yet elegant and timeless like the La Voiture Noire, it is a one of a kind Bugatti for the enthusiast.

Bugatti Centodieci Front Left View Outside
Bugatti Centodieci Front Left View. Credit: Bugatti

The flat, horseshoe shaped radiator at the front reveals its depth only from the side view, with the newly developed, deep seated front spoiler and the three section air intakes providing a perfect match. The front of the Centodieci drops very low. The iconic Bugatti horseshoe has been reduced accordingly, while the Bugatti logo Macaron sits on the hood, which is interrupted at the center by a black element. “This allowed us to rekindle memories of EB110,” says Achim Anscheidt. The optimised front section with the extended front splitter and the airflow through the hood further improve the car’s aerodynamics.

Bugatti Centodieci Front View
Bugatti Centodieci Front View. Credit: Bugatti

“We incorporated the wedge-shaped design in the development process but we took it in a new direction,” says the designer. Instead of copying the classic Italian wedge in which the muscle runs from the rear to the front wheel, suggesting a dynamic leap forward, Bugatti strikes out on a new path in the Centodieci. The otherwise dominant Bugatti line, the C line on the B pillar, gives way to a new design Significantly smaller than the Chiron, five round air inserts positioned in the form of a diamond ensure sufficient air intake for the 16-cylinder engine.

“In this way, Bugatti has brought forward the visually leaping wedge of the EB110 SS into a new millennium.”

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Bugatti Centodieci Right Side View Inside
Bugatti Centodieci Side View. Credit: Bugatti

The 10 new Bugatti Centodiecis will be handcrafted in Molsheim, France and will be delivered to customers in two years.

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Japanese CEO buys 6 supercars in 1 month: the first and the last

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Japan’s first Devel Sixteen and W motors last 5 Fenyr SuperSport Launch Editions go to one man.

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The Devel Sixteen. Credit: Devel Motors
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W Motors Fenyr Supersport. Credit: W Motors Dubai

July was a busy month for Tetsumi Shinchi, Chairman and CEO of one of Japan’s most illustrious businesses, Shibaura Group Holdings Inc. Tetsumi is an avid supercar collector and during July 19-21 this year Mr Shinchi showcased his supercar collection comprising 30 of the rarest cars in the world at his private ‘Mega Supercar Motor Show’ in Fukuoka, Japan.

 Mr Tetsumi Shinchi's 2019 Mega Supercar Motor Show in Fukuoka, Japan
Mr Tetsumi Shinchi’s 2019 Mega Supercar Motor Show in Fukuoka, Japan. Credit: W Motors

As busy as Tetsumi may have been planning and coordinating his giant show’s last minute details, he still found time to buy 6 more supercars from two separate manufacturers. All 6 new cars will make their debut at Tetsumi Shinchi’s Mega Supercar Motor Show in 2021.

During the show Tetsumi proudly announced he had just purchased Japan’s first 3000HP Devel Sixteen produced by U.A.E based Devel Motors.

Devel Motors Majid AlAttar with Tetsumi Shinchi and Family in front of the Devel Sixteen
Devel Motors’ Majid AlAttar with Mr Tetsumi Shinchi and Family in front of the Devel Sixteen. Credit: Devel Motors

During the same show W Motors S.A.L., the first manufacturer of high-performance luxury sports cars in the Middle East, announced that all 10 of its ultra-exclusive Fenyr SuperSport Launch Editions had been sold and that the last five remaining models were whipped up by Tetsumi.

Tetsumi Shinchi and Family at W Motors Dubai
Tetsumi Shinchi and Family at W Motors Dubai. Credit: W Motors Dubai

“The first time in history that we will be able to admire five specially commissioned Fenyr SuperSport Launch Editions at the same time, in the same place, owned by the same owner!”

“I am thrilled that the last Launch Editions have found their new home amongst the best hypercars in the world, with a collector who truly appreciates them. Mr. Shinchi’s 2021 exhibition will be the first time in history that we will be able to admire five specially commissioned Fenyr SuperSport Launch Editions at the same time, in the same place, owned by the same owner!” said W motor’s Founder and CEO, Ralph R. Debbas.

Tetsumi Shinchi and Family looking at the Fenyr Supersport Launch Edition
Tetsumi Shinchi and Family looking at the Fenyr Supersport Launch Edition. Credit: W Motors Dubai

W Motors also established a strategic alliance with sister-company ICONIQ Motors based in China in 2016 with the goal of developing an all-new design identity to address the industry’s present day sustainable and forward thinking needs.

The first hypercar created by W Motors was the iconic Lykan HyperSport, which catapulted the company to international stardom when it took center stage as hero car in Universal Studios’ Furious 7. The all-new Fenyr SuperSport is the latest model to be launched by the company, a limited edition with a production run of only 110 cars including 10 Fenyr SuperSport Launch Editions.

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The street art Aventador S protected by blockchain tech

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19 year old artist uses a Lamborghini as his blank canvas.

Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey front right view
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey. Credit: Lamborghini

First artist to collaborate with Lamborghini

Lamborghini just unveiled an Aventador S at Monterey Car Week, California, that was used as a blank canvas by Skyler Grey, a 19 year old American artist. Skyler Grey has been called the “Fresh Prince of Street Art” and named in the 2017 Forbes “30 under 30” list of the most influential artists worldwide. He is now also the first artist to officially collaborate with Lamborghini.

Skyler Grey first artist to officially collaborate with Lamborghini
Skyler Grey first artist to officially collaborate with Lamborghini. Credit: @skylergreystreetart

Skyler used the main techniques of street art – airbrushes, spray guns, rollers and stencils to personalize the car body in his typical pop style in orange and yellow and painted the cars body in the newly opened Lamborghini Paint Shop. He also painted stylized bulls running along the side of the Aventador S, depicted emerging from the air intakes in a race and from the iconic Campbell’s soup can, as a reference to Warhol’s “32 Campbell’s Soup Cans”. The Nero Ade (black) leather interior has contrasting orange stitching and is personalized on the rear panel with an embroidered image of a cartoon bull stitched by Lamborghini’s upholstery specialists.

Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey right side
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey right side. Credit: Lamborghini
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey left side
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey left side. Credit: Lamborghini

Certified via blockchain

According to Lamborghini “The Aventador S by Skyler Grey has already been purchased by an art collector and will be the first Lamborghini to be certified via innovative blockchain technology. The car is part of the pilot project “Lamborghini Sicura”, launched in collaboration with Salesforce and aimed at protecting the car as a work of art. It involves a process of authenticity certification, which makes use of blockchain technology to guarantee data security and incorruptibility. The purpose of the protection system is to prevent counterfeiting, to trace and certify all the information related to the model and at the same time foster an increase in value for all the stakeholders.”

Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey detail
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey detail. Credit: Lamborghini
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey-paintbrush
Lamborghini Aventador S Street Art technique by Skyler Grey. Credit: Lamborghini
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey detail 2
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey detail. Credit: Lamborghini

On display 15-18 August 2019

The Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey is on display from August 15-18, 2019 at The Lamborghini Lounge Monterey, a Lamborghini ocean-view villa in an exclusive position situated at the famous 18th hole of the Pebble Beach Golf Course in Monterey.

Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey front
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey front. Credit: Lamborghini

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