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Days of Thunder: Lamborghini Huracán Performante

By Alexandra Cheney

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.

When the Lamborghini Huracán Performante thundered around the Northern Loop of the famed Nürburgring in six minutes and 52 seconds, the 640-horsepower, 5.2-liter V10- aspirated-engine supercar bulldozed the previous record held by the million-dollar 918 Porsche Spyder by five seconds. Among the sun-drenched hills of southern Germany, the seven-speed, dual-clutch-transmission Performante shone the brilliance of the Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA), a technological step forward, albeit one outside the hybridization of supercars box. A proprietary system, ALA inhales air through front of the car and internally routes it through a series of wing flaps and vents. Rather than having an active wing—like, for example, the Bugatti Chiron—the Performante’s fixed wing allows air to flow within it rather than around it.

Add the forged composite technology (versus traditional woven carbon-fiber), which contributes to 88lbs weight reduction, and it’s easy to understand how this car can achieve a top speed of more than 201mph. Available in 10 stock exterior colors, or whatever color you choose through the Ad Personam bespoke program, the Huracán Performante comes with a minimally adjustable, track-oriented seat as standard, but buyers can request a plusher,more adjustable option.

Employing an alternative type of new technology, this semi-disguised racecar enhances the sensual pleasures—the noise, the tire grip, the aesthetics—of driving a car that lists its 0-124mph time (8.9 seconds).

From $275,000, lamborghini.com