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Archive for the ‘Lamborghini Huracan’ Category

PostHeaderIcon There’s a Reason Why The 2019 Lamborghini Huracan EVO is Missing The “LP610-4” Name

If Lamborghini didn’t stray from its traditional naming strategy, the Lamborghini Huracan Evo would technically carry the name Huracan Evo LP610-4. But, Lamborghini decided to drop the Huracan Evo’s alphanumeric name, in part because the automaker wanted to make it easier for its consumers to understand the model’s identity. Purists may cringe at the thought of not seeing the LP610-4 designation on the Huracan Evo, but from Lamborghini’s perspective, it’s easier to sell the Huracan Evo without the alphanumeric designation that a lot of consumers find confusing. Lamborghini refused to say if it’s going to stick with this new naming strategy, but while it is easier to market the Huracan Evo without the LP610-4 in the name, it’s still going to take some getting used to, especially from those who have developed an affinity for Lamborghini’s alphanumeric names.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Lamborghini Huracan EVO

The Lamborghini Huracan EVO may represent the Huracan’s mid-cycle refresh, but it really makes the gap between entry-level and performante a little bit smaller. It has the more aggressive look in the front and rear, and it’s even quicker than ever before. Outside of being a little more aerodynamic, the Huracan now delivers 631 horsepower and 443 pound-feet from its 5.2-liter V-10 – enough for a 3.9-seconds sprint to 62 mph a 9.0-second sprint to 124 mph, and the same top speed of 202 mph. Either way, we’re a little bonkers over the EVO, so we’ve decided to make it our wallpaper of the day.

PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Launches The Configurator For The 2019 Huracan Evo

First the teasers, then the reveal, and now this – Lamborghini is making sure our New Year celebrations do not end. The new Huracan, now known as the Huracan Evo, did not just receive cosmetic upgrades; it came with more power and better mechanicals as well. However, if somehow the Huracan Evo did not float your boat, the company made sure you don’t leave disappointed. Lamborghini has put a new configurator on its website, and the choices have left us drooling.

PostHeaderIcon 6 Must-Know Facts About the 2019 Lamborghini Huracan EVO

The new Lamborghini Huracan Evo is properly angry. Just look at it. Lambo managed to widen it visually with those cool front aero blades and a razor-sharp splitter. This is a subtle change compared to what we have seen before. A good change at that. On the other side, we can see centrally mounted exhausts and aero parts arrangements that are really similar to what we have seen on Lambo race cars.

Although the Lamborghini Huracan Evo is basically a facelifted Huracan, the changes Lambo did to it compared to the first Huracan are rather comprehensive. I compiled a list of important facts about the new Lamborghini Huracan Evo that you need to know about.

PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Throws Down its Highest Trump Card with the 2019 Huracan EVO

After four successful years on the market, the Lamborghini Huracan was upgraded for the 2019 model year. It’s now called the Huracan EVO and sports a revised exterior design, new technology, and a more powerful engine.

PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Huracan Spyder Gets A Facelift

Have you ever heard of supercars getting mid-life facelifts? The Lamborghini Huracan is an exception. The car has been spied twice with heavy camouflage, clearly indicating that the Huracan is being refreshed for the market. The last update seen on the Huracan range was at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year, when Lamborghini introduced the Spyder Performante, but now it looks like theHuracan Spyder is due for some changes inside and out. Get ready to witness the Huracan’s rebirth!

PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO

Lamborghini has revealed the most aggressive version of its smallest offering, the $430,000 Huracan GT3 Evo racer, which as its name suggests, is an evolution of the original Huracan GT3. It improves the first GT3 in several ways and is available for purchase both as a standalone model or as an upgrade for any existing Huracan GT3.

Winning not only the GT Asia Series Championship in 2016, as well as the Rolex 24 at Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring, the Huracan GT3, has proven highly successful, and the Evo is further refined and enhanced to bring out its qualities. The main point of focus was enhancing the car’s aerodynamics with the help of the Dallara Engineering.

PostHeaderIcon Watch a Lamborghini Huracan Performante Race a MIG-29K Fighter Jet

We’ve seen plenty of supercar battles on airstrips before, but this one’s a bit different from the rest. Posted to Twitter by user @Chopsyturvey, it’s an abbreviated 44-second clip that shows a head-to-head acceleration battle between a Lamborghini Huracan Performante and a MIG-29K fighter jet, combining horsepower and firepower into a single brief video.

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PostHeaderIcon Watch a Lamborghini Huracan Performante Race a MIG-29K Fighter Jet

We’ve seen plenty of supercar battles on airstrips before, but this one’s a bit different from the rest. Posted to Twitter by user @Chopsyturvey, it’s an abbreviated 44-second clip that shows a head-to-head acceleration battle between a Lamborghini Huracan Performante and a MIG-29K fighter jet, combining horsepower and firepower into a single brief video.

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PostHeaderIcon Watch a Lamborghini Huracan Performante Race a MIG-29K Fighter Jet

We’ve seen plenty of supercar battles on airstrips before, but this one’s a bit different from the rest. Posted to Twitter by user @Chopsyturvey, it’s an abbreviated 44-second clip that shows a head-to-head acceleration battle between a Lamborghini Huracan Performante and a MIG-29K fighter jet, combining horsepower and firepower into a single brief video.

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PostHeaderIcon ARES Project Panther

Although it’s just a few years old, ARES Design is already creating a bit of a name for itself. Founded back in 2014 by Dany Bahar, former CEO at Lotus, the firm started out as a customization shop for high-end automobiles. Now, however, ARES Design is looking to break into the world of boutique supercar production, and Project Panther is its first effort to step up to the big leagues.

Continue reading to learn more about the ARES Project Panther.

PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Huracan Performante by Novitec

Only a few days ago, McLaren revealed that mad 600LT. Just then I wondered what it would be like to see a “baby” McLaren LT go against a “baby” Lamborghini Performante on the other side of the track. But then, Novitec (FYI – a German tuning company) and its Torado division revealed the Huracan Performante Novitec. It is like a Performante version of the Performante Lamborghini. Maybe an overkill, but Novitec did it so well, I don’t even care. I need to see the 600LT race against this now.

PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Dodge Challenger Demon vs Lamborghini Huracan

The Dodge Demon and Lamborghini Huracan are two very potent machines from two very different backgrounds. The Demon is U.S. home grown and built on the wet dreams of modern muscle fanboys. The Huracan, on the other hand, is a fine, Italian-bred machine the feeds on just about anything that’s not exotic without fear. On paper, the Demon should spank the hell out of the Huracan without question – it’s deliver more than 250 ponies more than the Huracan when running on premium fuel. It’s also a purpose-built drag car with the qualifications to hit the road. The Huracan on the other hand is a little more mild and built more for showing off downtown than it is spanking over-tuned rice burners on the track.

Be that as it may, Drag Times decided to line these two bad boys up. So how does one of Italy’s finest compete with some American muscle? Well, there are some mixed results and while the Demon does spank the hell out of the Huracan at one point, it all boils down to reaction time and quality of launch – something that allowed the Huracan to win twice. The other thing to keep in mind is that, while the Demon has a published quarter-mile time of 9.65 seconds, its real straight-line performance is dependent on track and weather conditions, among other things.

Either way, this video is pretty damn awesome, so go ahead and click play, then check out the links at the bottom of the article if you want to see some awesome pictures and learn more about either of these amazing cars.

PostHeaderIcon Prepare to Spend Big if You Want to Own Pope Francis’ One-Off Lamborghini Huracan

Back in November 2017, Lamborghini decided to gift Pope Francis with his own one-off Lamborghini Huracan. The Pontiff graciously declined the gift, opting instead to donate it in the name of charity. Fast forward months later and the aforementioned one-off Huracan is now set to be auctioned off without a reserve price by RM Sotheby’s in Monaco on May 12.

PostHeaderIcon Saint Patrick’s Day Special – Check Out These Mean And Green Performance Machines

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, TopSpeeders! We hope all you out there are enjoying the holiday, but in the off-chance you forgot to wear green, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

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Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus


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Looks like Iron Man ditched the red and gold in favor of something a little more viridescent! Making the go in this special edition drop top Four Ring sports car is a Lambo-sourced V-10 power plant pumping out 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, all of which hits the ground through a standard AWD system. A sprint to 60 mph takes just 3.3 seconds, while top speed is pegged at 204 mph.

Read our full review on the 2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus.

2015 Lamborghini Huracan GT3


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There’s just something so right about a lime green Lambo, don’t ya think? The wild aero, the shark nose, the speed slab stance – it all begs for something as head-turning as this hue we see here. The car in question is a race-ready iteration of the Huracan, sporting upgraded body panels that make more downforce and keep it all running nice and cool. It’s all-business, and bad as hell to boot.

Read our full review on the 2015 Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

2018 McLaren 570GT In XP Green By MSO


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The here color might be a bit toned down compared to the above two sports cars, but the performance at play with this custom McLaren is nothing less than impressive. Mounted in the middle is a 3.8-liter V-8, which gets two turbos to help it produce upwards of 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the exterior color is a nod to the McLaren F1 XP GT Longtail from the late ‘90s. Guess it’s not so toned down after all.

Read our full review on the 2018 McLaren 570GT In XP Green By MSO.

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS


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Just released last month, the latest 911 GT3 RS is a beast of a machine. Aimed squarely at the track crowd, this Stuttgart superstar gets all the right stuff to kill the local lap record. Carbon bits and a stripped-down demeanor shave the weight, while as much as 520 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque slingshot it to 60 mph in just 3 seconds flat.

Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder

The Lamborghini Huracan made its public debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It replaced the Gallardo, the company’s best-selling model as of 2018, in the lineup and became Lambo’s entry-level supercar. Slightly longer and wider than its predecessor, the Huracan employs a different styling language compared to the Gallardo, featuring lines derived from the range-topping Aventador. The design includes sharper cues, more pronounced side skirts, and a more aggressive stance overall. Under the hood, the 5.2-liter V-10 was updated for more horsepower and improved fuel economy. In 2017, Lamborghini launched the higher performance Performante model, and a Spyder version broke cover at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

Three years have passed since the Huracan was unleashed on public roads and the supercar is already highly popular, selling more than 8,000 units since its introduction. The Performante Spyder arrives to close the circle of the Huracan family, which now includes two coupes, two convertibles, and two race-spec models. The Performante name returns after long hiatus, as it was originally introduced on the Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, essentially a convertible version of the Gallardo Superleggera. The high-performance drop-top was launched in 2011 and remained in production until the Gallardo was phased out in 2013. As you might have already guessed, the Performance Spyder adds infinite headroom to the Performante’s record-setting performance. And it’s almost as quick!

Continue reading to learn more about the Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder.

Exterior

  • New ALA aerodynamic system
  • Aggressive front bumper
  • Larger vents
  • Carbon-fiber components
  • Big wing
  • Race-inspired diffuser
  • New, lightweight soft-top
  • Redesigned engine hood

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“The Spyder benefits from all the cool, race-inspired features that enhance aerodynamics and give it a menacing look”

Just like the standard Spyder is in relation to the regular coupe, the Performante Spyder is identical to its beefed-up, hard-top sibling below the waist. This means that it benefits from all the cool, race-inspired features that enhance aerodynamics and give it a menacing look. The main highlight here is the new aero system called Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA). Designed specifically for the Performante, it’s completely integrated into the vehicle in terms of design, weight, and performance, so it doesn’t affect any of these characteristics in a negative way.

Specifically, ALA adds an electric motor into the front spoiler, which is built in a carbon-forged frame with active flaps on the top exterior surface. It also adds new air ducts to the rear wing, with the engine hood designed around these new features. ALA also comes with a new system that works the car’s electronics in order to activate the aero features in less than a second.


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“Using a lightweight construction and electrohydraulic function, the soft-top maintains the coupe’s distinctive lines”

When the ALA is turned off, the active flaps are closed and the car benefits from high downforce for high-speed cornering and full-brake conditions. When the flaps are opened up by the electric motor in the bumper, air pressure on the front spoiler decreases to drastically reduce drag and optimize the body for maximum acceleration and top speed. Something similar happens around back. When the rear flaps are closed, the wing acts like a fixed element, improving stability for cornering at the track. In this setup, it generates 750-percent more vertical downforce than the standard Huracan coupe. When the flaps are closed, airflow is directed through the ridges and underneath the wing, which reduces drag to increase acceleration and top speed. In addition, airflow is split right and left, improving the supercar’s stability.

The ALA system and the aero improvements also turn the Performante into a more aggressive looking car. The front bumper has larger vents and a dual splitter, while the side intakes are slightly tilted toward the nose. Carbon-fiber side skirts, black mirror caps and new, lightweight wheels are the more significant modifications that Lambo made around the sides. The rear fascia is just as menacing as the coupe version, as it features the same motorsport-inspired wing. The grille just above the bumper sports the larger vents for better cooling, while the dual exhaust pipe layout of the Performante model replaced the usual quad-exhaust arrangement of the regular Huracan. The massive diffuser with big fins rounds out the race-spec package.


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“The roof opens in just 17 seconds and up to a speed of 30 mph”

Moving over to what sets the Spyder apart from the coupe, the hard-top was replaced by a soft-top that’s available in a variety of colors. Using a lightweight construction and electrohydraulic function, the soft-top maintains the coupe’s distinctive lines and doesn’t diminish the car’s rigidity. The roof opens in just 17 seconds up to a speed of 30 mph, while the rear window can be electrically opened separately to be used as a windshield. When the roof is down, two movable fins rise out of the casing to help reduce turbulence in the cabin. When the soft-top is in place, the Spyder is just as aerodynamic as the coupe model.

Interior

  • Cabin based on coupe model
  • “Forged composite” alloy trim
  • Black Alcantara
  • Colored stitching and graphics
  • Sports seats
  • Revised digital display
  • Three driving modes
  • Telemetry system
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Unlimited headroom

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“To save weight, Lambo replaced many components with its very own "forged composite" alloy”

The interior carries over from the Performante coupe, which means that it has the same configuration as the standard model, but with different materials. The focus here was to save some more weight, so Lambo replaced many components with its very own “forged composite” alloy. This material looks like a combination of carbon-fiber and burled wood and can be seen on the A/C vents, gearshift paddles, door handles, and center console. The composite looks unique and adds a exclusive look to the interior, suitable for a rare model like this.

Nearly everything else is wrapped in black Alcantara, a common feature for race-inspired supercar. However, you can add a splash of color by choosing from the many hues available for the stitching on the steering wheel, dashboard, and floor mats, as well as the optional “Y” graphics on the seats. These details are red on the presentation model, but you can also have them in green, as seen in the coupe, or in yellow. Go for the Ad Personam options and you’ll probably be able to customize the cabin even more.


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“The Performante also comes with Apple CarPlay connectivity and the Lamborghini telemetry system”

As far as tech goes, the Spyder once again borrows everything from the Performante coupe. The digital displays have been revised for this model and it’s now configurable with three driving modes. There’s Strada for casual driving, Sport for when you need a bit more grunt, and Corsa for those fun weekends at the race track. The package also includes a display dedicated to the ALA system, which provides detailed information on downforce and drag. It also shows how the system works with aero vectoring data. The Performante also comes with Apple CarPlay connectivity and the Lamborghini telemetry system, which allows the driver to record, replay, and study performance at the track.

Of course, unlike the coupe, the Spyder gives you access to unlimited headroom so you can enjoy those warm days and the wild roar of the V-10 engine.

Drivetrain

  • 5.2-liter V-10 engine
  • 631 horsepower
  • 443 pound-feet of torque
  • Dual-clutch transmission
  • Permanent AWD system
  • 0 to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds
  • Top speed of 202 mph
  • Stiffer suspension
  • Revised chassis
  • Carbon-ceramic brakes

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“Performance has improved compared to the standard Spyder, but this model is a tad slower than the Performante coupe”

As expected, the Spyder model uses the same 5.2-liter V-10 engine as the coupe version. Output is obviously identical at 631 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque (29 horses and 18 pound-feet more than the standard drop-top) and travels to all four wheels through a dual-clutch transmission.

Performance has improved compared to the standard Spyder, but this model is a tad slower than the Performante coupe. Lambo managed to create a drop-top that’s almost as light as the coupe, which weighs 88 pounds less than the regular model, but given the different aerodynamics of the Spyder, it’s a tenth-second slower from 0 to 62 mph. Specifically, the Performante Spyder hits the benchmark in 3.1 seconds, which is impressive to say the least. Top speed, on the other hand, is identical to the coupe’s at 202 mph.


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“The Performance Spyder also benefits from the new chassis and suspension setup with stiffer everything”

With the Performante coupe being the quickest production car around the Nurburgring track, it’s only natural to ask ourselves whether the Spyder is as fast. Again, the aerodynamics and maybe the few extra pounds will prevent the drop-top from lapping the “Green Hell” in the same 6:52 minutes but look for a sub-seven-minute lap. Given that Lamborghini will attempt one, that is.

The Performance Spyder also benefits from the new chassis and suspension setup with stiffer everything, optional variable-ratio dynamic steering, and a specifically tuned permanent four-wheel-drive system. Stopping power comes from ventilated, cross-drilled, carbon-ceramic discs and six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston clamps to the rear. Finally, the Performante Spyder rides on a hybrid aluminum and carbon-fiber frame that also uses the company’s exclusive “forged composite” alloy made from chopped carbon fibers and resin.

Prices


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The fact that Lamborghinis don’t come cheap is common knowledge, and the Huracan Performante Spyder will be no exception from this rule. With the Performante coupe model priced from $274,390, the Spyder could fetch around $300,000 before options.

Competition

While the Performante coupe can be pitted against the Porsche 911 GT3, the German sports car isn’t available as a convertible, which leaves the Spyder without a proper competitor, at least until Ferrari and McLaren release something similar.

Ferrari 488 Pista Aperta


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Ferrari has yet to launch a convertible version of the brand-new 488 Pista, but the coupe provides valuable hints as to what Lambo will go against. Revised significantly front and rear, the 488 Pista looks just as extreme as the Performante and promises to deliver solid performance at the track. Design-wise, the Pista features a completely new bumper and a race-inspired nose, a more aggressive diffuser, some radical aerodynamics, and a redesigned spoiler. All this changes enable the car to deliver 20-percent more downforce than the standard 488 GTB. Under the hood, it gets an upgraded 3.9-liter V-8 that cranks out a whopping 710 horsepower. Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes 2.85 seconds, but the convertible model will probably be slower than that. But it’s likely that the Pista Aperta will be quicker than the Performante Spyder with a benchmark of around three seconds. Its top speed is likely to be superior too at more than 205 mph. Other notable updates that come with the Pista package include Side-Slip Angle Control, which incorporates systems such as E-Diff3, F1-Trac, the magnetorheological suspension (SCM) and, for the first time ever, the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer. The latter is a world-first feature that uses bespoke software to adjust the brake pressure at the calipers. Pricing will probably start from at least $370,000.

Read our full story on the 2018 Ferrari 488 Pista.

McLaren 750LT Spider


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Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the new Super Series has yet to spawn a successor for the 675LT, but rest assured, McLaren is working on it. And the coupe will most definitely be followed by a Spider version. Meanwhile, the 720S is a pretty powerful machine, putting a whopping 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque to the ground thanks to its upgraded twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine. And it’s track-capable too. Maybe not as quick as the Huracan Performante around the Nurburgring, but we won’t know for sure until McLaren takes it for a spin on the “Green Hell.” With the standard coupe designed to hit 62 mph in “less than three seconds,” it’s safe to assume that a higher-performance Spider model will be quicker than the Lambo. We think that the upcoming supercar will be called the 750LT, which means that it will get 750 PS, or 740 horsepower. This output should be enough to pus a Spider model from 0 to 62 mph in less than 2.9 seconds. It will be more expensive too, as it will cost well in excess of $330,000.

Read our speculative review on the 2019 McLaren 750LT.

Conclusion


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It’s hard not to get excited about a new Lamborghini, especially when it comes with the looks and performance of a Performance model model and the infinite headroom of a convertible. However, based on the performance figures of the newly launched Performante, the Spyder will be no match for its main rivals. So if it’s blistering fast 0-to-62 mph times you’re looking for, you’re better off with a McLaren or even a Ferrari 488. On the other hand, the Performante has a much more intricate aerodynamics kit that neither McLaren or Ferrari will be able to match anytime soon, but we’ll see how this changes when the higher performance versions of the aforementioned cars arrive. Meanwhile, the Lambo is a bit more affordable than the rest, in case some $20,000 make a difference in this segment.

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    • * Slower than its competitors
    • * Heavier than the coupe

References

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Update History

Updated 11/28/2016: Based on the recent speculations, we created a rendering for the upcoming Performante Spyder. Let us know in the “comments” section below what do you think about it.

Spy Shots

April 5, 2017 – Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder caught testing on the Nurburgring


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PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Toots its Own Horn Over the Huracan Performante Setting Records on a Handful of International Circuits

The Lamborghini Huracan Performante is arguably one of the fastest cars in the world. Its combination of lightweight construction, enhanced power, and a dedicated chassis and suspension setup has allowed it to stake its claim in the record books. Lamborghini has not been bashful about celebrating the Huracan’s record-setting runs, which includes lap records in eight race tracks all over the world, all of which were set in 2017 by different magazine publications.


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“The lap record at the Vairano circuit in Italy was the first to fall when Quattroruote set a lap time of 1:09.43”

2017 was really kind to the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. The supercar made its debut in Geneva last March. Soon thereafter, word of the Huracan Performante’s incredible pace started garnering headlines, and it didn’t take long for the Italian beast to be unleashed.

Look at the table below and you’ll see that the Huracan Performante started setting all of these lap records in the latter half of the year as different publications finally got their hands on one for review purposes.

The lap record at the Vairano circuit in Italy was the first to fall when Quattroruote set a lap time of 1:09.43, beating the previous record — 1:09.54 — held by the Porsche 918 Spyder by the slimmest of margins. A month later, Auto went to the Balocco track (also in Italy) and set another lap record with the Huracan Performante, posting a lap time of 2:38.07, a full two seconds faster than the Huracan LP 610-4. Later that month, it was Auto Zeitung’s turn to have some fun with the Lambo at the Contidrom, the tire test facility of Continental Tires. Guess what it did? Yes, it took the lap record in the 3.63-km layout of the track, posting a lap time of 1:29.60 that was 1.6 seconds faster than the lap time of the Mercedes-AMG GT R.


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“A month later, Auto went to the Balocco track (also in Italy) and set another lap record with the Huracan Performante, posting a lap time of 2:38.07”

From there, the Huracan Performante’s track-trotting tour continued to Mira where Autocar managed to post a lap time of 1:05.40, once again dropping the Porsche 918 Spyder into second place. A few days later, The Grand Tour had its time with the Huracan Performante at the world-famous Eboladrome where test driver Abbie Eaton posted a lap time of 1:16.8, almost a full second quicker than the Ford GT. Towards the end of the year, the Huracan Performante also set records at Boxberg where Auto Motor und Sport set a breathtaking lap time of just 42.3 seconds. From there, Sport Auto brought the supercar to Le Mans Bugatti and Anneau du Rhin. Guess what the Huracan Performante did there? Yep, it set records with lap times of 1:42.49 and 57.5 seconds, respectively.

All of those records are incredible, and it should also be worth mentioning that for 11 months, the Huracan Performante also held the production car lap record at the Nurburgring with a lap time of 6:52.01. It’s since been taken down by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS’ lap time of 6:47.25, but it’s still an incredible achievement for a Lamborghini that produces “only” 640 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.

All that said, Lamborghini also hinted at “adding a new dimension to the Huracán Performante at the Geneva Motor Show.” Your guesses are as good as ours about what that “new dimension” means, but it’s certainly something that we’re now looking forward to seeing.

03/07/2017 Vairano (Quattroruote) 1’09”.43
03/08/2017 Balocco (Auto) 2’38”.07
29/08/2017 Contidrom (Auto Zeitung) 1’29”.6
25/09/2017 Mira (Autocar) 1’05”,03
28/09/2017 Wroughton (The Grand Tour) 1’16”.8
09/10/2017 Boxberg (Auto Motor und Sport) 42”.3
06/11/2017 Le Mans Bugatti (Sport Auto) 1’42”.49
14/11/2017 Anneau du Rhin (Sport Auto) 57”.5

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PostHeaderIcon Cheapest New Lamborghini Ever… Found on Craigslist

Lamborghinis typically cost north of $250,000, and that’s just for a base unit of the entry-level Huracan. Most of us are immediately priced out of buying one, but if you’re desperate, there is one Lamborghini that’s up for sale on Craigslist that you can afford. It has sexy styling, street-park cruising capability, and a Bluetooth wireless speaker. Best of all, it only costs $159! This is one Lamborghini we can all get on board with.


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You can’t go wrong with a Lamborghini that costs less than a pair of Jordans, right? Well, you might have to think about that in this instance because this Lamborghini is probably not the one you were expecting. Officially, the seller refers to his product as a 2017 Lamborghini 8” Hoverboard/Drift Skateboard. It may not have anything to do with the real Lamborghini, but you have to give credit to the guy who posted this for going all-out with his product because, apparently, “not all two-wheeled, self-balancing hoverboards are created equal!”

Beyond its ability to help you travel from point A to point B, the Lambo hoverboard also comes with bright LED lights, built-in speakers, and is powered by Samsung batteries. It’s also electric, which means that you can charge it in around an hour or so. All of that, though, pales in comparison to the board’s best feature. According to the seller, this hoverboard is a mind-reader, or “almost” a mind reader! I can’t tell you the last time I went to a car dealership and specifically asked the sales agent to bring me a car that can read my mind. Oh, wait. I’ve never done that because that function doesn’t exist, at least not yet.

“The Lambo hoverboard also comes with bright LED lights, built-in speakers, and is powered by Samsung batteries.”

Granted, I will give the seller some credit for his chutzpah. It takes guts to blatantly use Lamborghini’s name without the automaker’s permission. It’s a blatant violation of trademark laws, and he’s still doing it anyway. Bravo, sir!

I should say that I don’t think this is something that the Italian automaker is going to take lightly. Lamborghini is known for being extremely protective of its name — as it should — and if word gets out that there’s a hoverboard that’s being marketed with its name all over it, Lambo’s going to spring to action to make sure nobody profits from it.

All that said, maybe now’s the time to actually buy the damn thing. It’s probably not going to last long as a product so there’s a possibility that it can turn into a collectible in the future. Or maybe not.

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PostHeaderIcon Craziest Thing This Week: The Pope Blesses a Lamborghini Huracan

Pope Francis is no stranger to receiving gifts. That comes with the territory of being the leader of the Catholic church and arguably one of the most powerful men in the world. But the famously frugal pontiff isn’t one who enjoys the lavish side of life so when he recently took possession of a one-off Lamborghini Huracan, a gift from the Italian automaker itself, the pope did what the pope usually does: he donated it away.

It’s a bitter blow for papal paparazzi who were hoping to see the pope roar around the cobbled streets of Rome, aviator sunglasses in tow. But the pope’s preference for the simple things in life isn’t anything new. This is a man who traditionally opts to get driven around in Fiats and Fords when he’s on the road so getting inside a Lamborghini is a non-starter to begin with. So instead of taking ownership of the one-off Huracan, the pope decided to receive it from Lamborghini out of courtesy, sign the hood, and give it to RM Sotheby’s, which will then auction the supercar with the proceeds going to three of the holy father’s favorite charities. Considering how much value is placed on items that carry the pope’s signature, expect this one-off Lamborghini Huracan to fetch way more than it’s usual price of $200,000.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Nothing out of the ordinary for Pope Francis


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“RM Sotheby’s will auction the supercar with the proceeds going to three of the holy father’s favorite charities”

You have to admire Pope Francis for resisting the urge to take ownership of this Lamborghini Huracan. I certainly wouldn’t do it, though I suppose that’s why he is who he is and I am who I am. Acts like this aren’t entirely new for the men who have assumed the role of the papacy. Francis himself has given away plenty of gifts in the past, including a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in 2013. Just like with the Huracan, Francis declined to receive the gift, opting instead to sign it and send it to a Bonhams auction. That bike ended up fetching a whopping $327,000 with the proceeds going to a hostel and soup kitchen for the homeless at Rome’s main train station.

And who can forget St. John Paul the Great (formerly Pope John Paul II) declining Ferrari’s gift of a 2005 Ferrari Enzo? It wasn’t just a “standard” Enzo either; it was actually the 400th and last Enzo ever built. The provenance alone propelled that particular Enzo to sell for $6.05 million at an RM Sotheby’s auction.


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“This one-off Huracan features a a predominantly white body with matching papal gold trim all throughout.”

It’s hard to estimate how much this one-off Huracan is going to sell for, but I expect it to handily exceed its retail price of $200,000. Apart from the fact that it has Francis, signature on the hood, this particular example also went through the Italian automaker’s Ad Personam division. That’s why it’s wearing a predominantly white body with matching papal gold trim all throughout. There hasn’t been any mention of it wearing any badges or decals signifying its association with Pope Francis, but if it did, those are going to drive the price up even more.

Let’s not forget either that the Huracan is powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that produces north of 600 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Yep. Underneath all that provenance is a car that can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds and hit a top speed of 211 mph. It’s still a supercar, folks, so bid accordingly.


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“The Huracan is powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that produces north of 600 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.”

Besides, the higher the figure the Huracan sells for, the better it’s going to be for the three charities that will likely split the proceeds. One of these charities helps rebuild homes and churches for Christians who were displaced out of Iraq by Islamic State terrorists while the other two focuses on providing medical aid in Africa and helping migrant women who are trafficked and forced into prostitution.

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PostHeaderIcon Halloween Special – “Costumed” Cars

I don’t think I’m alone in recognizing Halloween as one of the best holidays ever. In addition to pumpkin carving and excessive amounts of candy consumption, it’s an excuse to dress up in costume, giving us one day out of the year to become whoever (or whatever) we want. Of course, sometimes, this charade continues regardless of what the calendar says, even in the automotive world. Indeed, there are many cars out there right now masquerading as something other than what they really are. For whatever reason, these cars are draped in a costume that hides what they truly are underneath.

Carmakers do this for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s because two car companies collaborate on a project and create something together. Sometimes, one car company adopts the bones of another brand’s car and slaps on new badges. Whatever the case, we’ve assembled here a list of dressed-up cars to keep you from getting tricked, no matter how sweet the treat might be. Read on to learn more, and don’t hesitate to provide your own examples of “Costumed” cars in the comments!

And oh yeah –

Happy Halloween!

Continue reading to learn more about a few “Costumed” Cars.

Subaru BRZ And Toyota 86


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This one should be pretty obvious. Developed as a joint venture between Subaru and Toyota, the BRZ and 86 are practically identical, with just a few minor differences to tell them apart. Outside, there are several small cosmetic alterations and slightly different headlights, while inside, the trim and equipment varies a bit between the two models. The suspension tuning is also slightly different.

The rest of it, however, is the same. That includes all the important stuff, like the platform, the engine, and the transmission options. Basically, everywhere it matters, these two are the same.

Read our full review on the 2017 Subaru BRZ and the 2017 Toyota 86.

Fiat 124 Spider And Mazda MX-5


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Upon its release for the 2017 model year, the Fiat 124 Spider was hailed as the glorious return of the small Italian roadster, a topless homage to the brilliance of Fiat’s past and the possibilities of its future. However, there was just one problem – it wasn’t a Fiat. It was a Mazda.

Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, especially considering the similarities seen between the above-featured Subaru and Toyota. After all, the Fiat does get a good deal of unique gear to call its own. The suspension is new, as is the turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder under the hood. The exterior styling is totally different as well. What’s more, buyers can upgrade to the even-sportier Abarth edition if so inclined, gaining a new limited-slip differential and a throatier exhaust.

Still, the 124 uses the Mazda’s platform and several of its minor components, and even gets built in the same factory as the MX-5. All told, the bones of this Italian are Japanese.

Read our full review on the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider and the Mazda MX-5.

Lamborghini Huracan And Audi R8


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Less you think its just $30,000 sports cars that can play this costume game, we had to throw in this pair as well. Here’s the deal – Lamborghini likes to tout itself as a preeminent supercar brand rocking a long history of making incredible performance machines with few to no rivals. And that’s true. It’s just that since 1998, the Raging Bull has operated under the Volkswagen Group umbrella, which means brands like Audi can now say the same thing.

Take the Huracan and R8. Both get over 600 horsepower from a mid-mounted 5.2-liter V-10, routing power through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Both also get the same low-weight, high-rigidity chassis. But sure, the Lambo is the one to get if being noticed is a top priority… but either way, you don’t have to dig deep to see it’s basically a disguised Audi.

Read our full review on the 2017 Lamborghini Huracan and the 2017 Audi R8.

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