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It’s been just a few months since Lamborghini upgraded the flagship Aventador to S specs, thus introducing the facelifted model, and the Italian firm is already testing a new iteration of the supercar. With the mid-cycle facelift and the high-performance SuperVeloce (SV) already on the road it might seem out of place for Lambo to test a new version of the current generation model, but the prototype our paparazzi caught testing on public roads doesn’t appear to be a next-gen car. Instead, it looks like Lamborghini is actually preparing yet another high-performance model.
There’s no official confirmation from the automaker as of this writing, but the general consensus is that Lamborghini will launch a Performante version of the Aventador soon.
Granted, it might not make much sense with the SV already around, but given that the Huracan Aventador is quicker and better at the track than any other Aventador to date, it makes a lot of sense to have a more track-prepped version of the company’s flagship supercar.
It also seems a bit awkward to have something placed above the SV, especially since the Murcielago didn’t get a more aggressive version, but it wouldn’t be a first for the range-topping model. Back in the 1990s, Lambo offered the SE30 Jota and GT as more powerful iterations of the iconic Diablo. Needless to say, the Italian carmaker wants to do it again with the Aventador, but under a different name.
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When it comes to the creation of the fastest, most expensive cars on the planet, carbon fiber is the material of choice. Also used extensively in a variety of aerospace applications, including satellites and rockets, the world of composite brings exactly the sort of characteristics needed if you plan on building something that moves. Not only does it offer a high degree of tensile strength and stiffness, but it’s also incredibly lightweight, making it perfect for something like a supercar. Lamborghini’s been using it for years, but in the race for supercar bragging rights, the Italian automaker has come up with a new spin on carbon. It’s called forged composites, and it’s highlighted in this brief 40-second video.
Originally developed as a collaborative project between Lamborghini and Callaway Golf Company, Lambo’s first application of forged composites was in the Sesto Elemento, an AWD V-10 rocket ship weighing in at less than 1,000 kg (2,202 pounds to be exact). With so little mass and 570 horsepower to motivate it, the Sesto Elemento can hit 62 mph in just 2.5 seconds.
More recently, the technology was utilized on the Huracan Performante, making it the first production model to use forged composites.
The video itself is short on details, but does give the viewer a look at forged composites in a kaleidoscope of light and shadow, all set to an epic soundtrack worthy of some of the fastest cars on the planet.
If you’re in the mood to get a little nerdy, read on for the technical bits on what forged composites are all about.
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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 2016, 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 Huracan, featuring lines derived from the range-topping Aventador. The design include 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 it seems that a Spyder version is set to follow soon.
Two 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 Huracan also spawned a Spyder model, as well as race-spec Super Trofeo and GT3 models. And, Lambo is still working on new iterations, with a higher-performance Superleggera model unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Given that the Gallardo Superleggera, the car that was replaced by the Huracan Performante also had a convertible version, it’s safe to assume that the latter will also lose its top pretty soon.
The news that Lambo may be working on a Spyder variant of the Huracan Performante is by no means surprising and the name is far from new. Although it was used to replace the Superleggera, 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 laucnhed in 2011 and remained in production until the Gallardo was phased out in 2013. Granted, it’s a bit early for a Huracan Spyder Performante given that the coupe only debuted in 2017, but the demand for special cars is so big right now that Lamborghini will most definitely bring it out in 2018.
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After ten successful years on the market, during which it became the company’s best-selling sports car ever, the Lamborghini Gallardo was replaced by the Huracan in 2014. Boasting a new design inside and out, a revised drivetrain, and better performance, the Huracan hit the sports car market with a bang, selling more than 1,500 units in 2014 and more than 4,700 in 2016. With some 8,500 examples sold as of early 2017, it sure looks as if the Huracan will surpass the Gallardo’s 14,022-unit record sales in a few years. However, Lambo knows that resting on its laurels isn’t the best thing to do so it’s hard at work to expand the Huracan family. The latest model to join the lineup goes by the name Performante and made its global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
As the name suggests, the Performante is a higher performance version of the standard Huracan and a successor to the Gallardo Superleggera. Although it was originally believed that the Huracan will also get a Superleggera badge, Lambo eventually decided to replace it with Performante. The name swap is rather surprising given that the high-performance Aventador retained the SuperVeloce name from its predecessor, but I agree that Performante is as fitting as Superleggera for a range-topping sports car.
Overall, the Huracan Performance is a big step forward compared to the Gallardo Superleggera, but it’s also a significant departure from the standard Huracan in terms of aerodynamics and performance. Find out more about it in my review below.
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When Trump was elected president of the U.S., I had a bit of a shock when I woke up to the news the next morning. And, Lamborghini setting a new production car record on the ’Ring is of similar magnitude. Because the upcoming Huracan Performante not only lapped the “Green Hell” quicker than the Porsche 918 Spyder, a high-profile supercar, it did so no fewer than five seconds faster.
Specifically, the Huracan Performance needed only 6:52.01 minutes to go around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, smashing the 918 Spyder’s 6:57-minute from 2013. Although the record was announced on March 1, 2017, the run actually took place on October 5, 2016 with Lamborghini test driver Marco Mapelli.
“This was an incredible and emotional moment,” says company CEO Stefano Domenicali. “Together with Maurizio Reggiani we agreed during the car’s development that with the technical and performance prowess of the Huracán Performante, not only was a sub seven-minute lap at the Nordschleife possible, but the lap record too. We wanted to achieve the Nurburgring victory in advance of the Performante’s launch, which was a challenge in terms of weather and availability of the Nordschleife. Not only did we take the lap record, we took it by some seconds!”
Making Lambo’s run that more spectacular is the fact that the Huracan Performance was quicker than the Radical SR8, which lapped the ’Ring in 6:56.08 minutes. Although the SR8 isn’t exactly a production model, its lap is often listed together with production models, as is the Radical SR8LM’s incredible benchmark of 6:48 minutes. The Huracan Performance is the first Lamborghini to outrun a Radical since 2005!
Since the Huracan Performante won’t be unveiled until the Geneva Motor Show next week, we don’t know much about what makes it so quick. However, Lambo did say that the record was established through innovative aerodynamics, lightweight engineering, a revised engine, and a dedicated setup for track performance. Stay tuned for updates from Geneva.
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Since its unveiling at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the Lamborghini Huracán has already spawned three new versions — the Spyder, Super Trofeo, and GT3 — with two more iterations underway. I’m talking about the lightweight, high-performance version of both the coupe and spyder, which will be unveiled in 2017. It’s not yet known which will arrive first, but logic dictates that the coupe should break cover earlier. This will happen at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March according to Lamborghini’s latest teaser video.
The 43-second clip shows a beefed-up Huracán on the Nürburgring track. The supercar is equipped with active aerodynamics front and rear, and also has a large wing atop the decklid, which makes it safe to assume that it’s not a regular Huracán. Lambo showcases its mobile front spoiler and rear wing, which can provide either maximum downforce for better stability or minimum drag for enhanced acceleration. The firm also announces March 1 as the date we will find out more, but doesn’t say anything else about the car. Not even a name is mention, so we don’t know what badge this new Huracán will sport.
If the previous Gallardo is any indication, the coupe should be called the Huracán Superleggera, while the Spyder should be christened the Performance. However, some sources claim that the latter is more likely to be used for the coupe. But whatever the name, it’s pretty obvious that the upcoming iteration of the Huracán will be incredibly fast and loud. We will find out more in March so stay tuned for updates.
Lambo introduced us to its Huracan hurricane in 2014 as a replacement for the seemingly endlessly popular Lamborghini Gallardo. With the Gallardo’s successful past looming large, the Huracan had some mighty big shoes to fill, tasked with becoming the Italian automaker’s best-selling model in the lineup. So far, the Huracan has done well in that regard, thanks in no small part to a surprising number of special edition models and limited runs. Now, joining the list is this new special edition from Italdesign, an engineering and design company based out of Moncalieri that decided the Raging Bull just wasn’t angry enough from the factory. As such, Italdesign gave the Huracan this wild-looking all-composite exterior treatment, transforming the Lambo into something that looks like it was plucked from an arcade racing game frequented by Ritalin-toting ADD cases. Only five will be produced, with production slated to stop by the end of the year.
Coinciding with the release of the limited-run Huracan, Italdesign, which has worked closely with Lambo in the past, is also introducing the Italdesign Automobili Speciali brand, so it’s likely we’ll see similar treatments sometime in the near future.
Italdesign says its upgraded Huracan is “intended for collectors and visionary enthusiasts, [and] it combines racing car features and performance alongside type-approval for use on normal roads.”
Sure thing, Italdesign. Because after all, who wouldn’t wanna drive a race-ready Lambo down to the shops for a quart of milk?
This customized Lambo will make its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show alongside an exclusive Excalibur Spider timepiece from watchmaker Roger Dubuis, signaling a collaborative partnership between the two companies. No price has been announced for the car, but rest assured it’s firmly in the “if you have to ask” category. As reference, the “normal” Lamborghini Huracan retails for about $230,000, give or take.
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While the collective population of the auto industry is transfixed at the imminent arrival of the Lamborghini Huracán Spyder Performante, the aftermarket tuning scene continues to move along, busy as ever in its attempt to create the next great tuning program. One tuner in particular probably doesn’t even have the Huracán Spyder Performante on its list since it just concluded developing a program for the standard Huracán Spyder. Yep, take a look at this new tuning kit from O.CT Tuning for the roofless Huracán that puts the supercar’s output up to an incredible 794 horsepower and 597 pound-feet of torque.
Even by aftermarket standards, those numbers are beyond reproach for a car like the Lamborghini Huracán Spyder. It doesn’t have that much in the way of exterior and interior upgrades, but with numbers like that, I think O.CT Tuning can be excused for focusing its attention on the Huracán Spyder’s all-natural 5.2-liter V-10 engine.
Remember, this is the same tuner that gave us the O.CT800 Supercharged program for the Lamborghini Huracán this time last year. That one may have had some decals with it, but the focus of that kit was also on the Lambo’s V-10 engine, and the results are right around what this kit can accomplish itself.
There might be other programs for the Lamborghini Huracán Spyder that offer more in terms of quantity, but when it comes to adding more power to that V-10, there is only a handful that can compete with O.CT Tuning.
We’ll keep the upcoming Lamborghini Huracán Spyder Performance in our thoughts until it makes its hyped debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The aftermarket tuning scene is filled with tuners that can make cars faster and more powerful, yet O.CT stands out.
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Just because a car that’s limited to just 12 units – three coupes and nine roadsters – and costs $4.5 million each, doesn’t mean it’s impervious to technical malfunctions. The ultra-limited Lamborghini Veneno found that out the hard way after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) included the ridiculously powerful and obscenely expensive supercar among a list of Lambos that are at risk of catching fire.
According to a report, Lamborghini submitted to the NHTSA, issues in the fuel tank’s EVAP could cause liquid fuel to get into the EVAP system in certain circumstances. This includes filling the fuel tank to the brim and “particular handling situations.” We can only assume those handling situations include instances when a car’s fuel is getting splashed inside. Hard accelerations, perhaps? Super tight cornering? Sudden brakes? In any event, if the fuel does end up into the EVAP system, there’s a good chance flammable vapor can escape, which in turn could ignite and cause a fire.
In addition to the exclusive Veneno, the recall also affects 2012 to 2017 model years of the Lamborghini Aventador and all of its variants, of which the Veneno. All in all, a report from Bloomberg indicates that a total of 1,453 Lamborghinis are affected in the U.S. and around 4,500 units all over the world.
Like with most recalls (this one is without question is a high-profile one), owners of affected cars should expect to be notified by Lamborghini, which in turn will schedule an appointment to have the EVAP system fixed with all the repairs coming at no cost to the car owners. So if you have an affected Lamborghini Aventador or one of the 12 Venenos that are also affected, exercising caution when driving your cars would be a great idea. Better yet, why don’t you keep it under the sheets, at least until Lamborghini fixes the issues.
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Not that a run of the mill Lamborghini Countach isn’t special enough, but if you are spending big bucks to get one you might as well get one with an X factor. This 1983 Countach LP500S has just that. It is the proud holder of 12 British Outright Speed records and it can now be yours as it’s heading to Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Classic Car Sale this month.
Estimated between £325,000 to £350,000, the record holder 1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S chassis number ‘12550’ has been recently repaired and restored, which is a good thing, because all those speed record attempts might not have been very gentle on it. The fixes include remedying minor mechanical ailments, new door glass and windscreen, tyres and battery, and last year it even got a full respray.
Speaking of the speed records, which is what makes this Lamborghini Countach that much more special than an ordinary one, they were set back in ’83 by racing driver Barry Robinson and his co-driver, Alex Postan, who took the car up to 180 mph at Millbrook test track. Included with the car is the history file included detailed invoices of works completed along with the MoT certificate, magazine articles, manuals and service records and information about the RAC Speed Records.
“To be offering a speed record Lamborghini at our Race Retro Sale is an absolute privilege, and it has not one but 12 British speed records,” comments Guy Lee-Milne, general manager and classic car specialist, Silverstone Auction. “This Countach has the performance, racing driver provenance and of course the icon, dramatic looks.”
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Rumored for many years, the upcoming Lamborghini Urus, the company’s first-ever SUV, was finally spotted in production form on public roads. Although camouflaged almost entirely, the test vehicle reveals essential details about what Lambo promises to be the world’s fastest and most dynamic SUV.
With Porsche having introduced an SUV in 2003, it was only a matter of time before the other premium sports car and supercar manufacturers joined in the fun. After years of rumors, whispers, and planning, Lamborghini is the next to cross over into the high-performance soccer mom world, a.k.a. the SUV realm, with the oddly named Urus. The name first surfaced in 2008, when Lamborghini trademarked it before the introduction of the Estoque. In 2012, the Urus concept was showcased at the Beijing Auto Show and it didn’t take long before Lamborghini confirmed that a production version is set to follow.
Though the name sounds odd, it is very appropriate for the model. The Urus, also called the Aurochs, is an ancient ancestor of the modern day cow, which went extinct in 1627. These things were massive, ranging from 61 to 71 inches tall at the shoulders and weighing in at 1,500 pounds – phew, that’s a lot of quarter pounders. This makes the urus one of the largest bulls ever recorded, which is appropriate, considering the Lamborghini Urus is almost certainly going to end up being the largest to boast the raging bull emblem.
Now that we have turned off Animal Planet, we can continue with the Lamborghini Urus and not the extinct cow relative. There is some debate as to whether Lamborghini can actually support an SUV, especially after the LM002, the original Lambo SUV, fizzled out in 1993 with only 328 models ever produced.
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On top of all the massive expectations people already have for the Lamborghini Urus, there’s a lot more to the vehicle than just being the second ever SUV to come from the Italian automaker and the first Lamborghini to use a turbocharged engine. There’s a new report from Car Advice that indicates that the Urus will also be the first Lamborghini to adopt a plug-in hybrid powertrain. No less than the company’s research and development boss, Maurizio Reggiani, dropped the news about the automaker’s plans for its SUV, explaining that a “PHEV system is currently ideal for packaging in an SUV platform.”
Reggiani didn’t dive into the specifics of how Lamborghini plans to accommodate a PHEV system into the Urus but it goes without saying that the current climate of the auto industry has had a lot to do with this shift in ideology. There once was a point in time when the Italian automaker held strong on its belief to keep using naturally-aspirated V-12 engines and let everybody else trip over themselves with the rampant use of turbochargers and hybrids. But now that most automakers are beginning to venture into their own new territories with alternative engines, Lamborghini needs to join the party or risk getting left behind.
That said, don’t expect Lamborghini to go trigger-happy with hybrids just yet. A PHEV makes sense for the Lamborghini Urus by virtue of the SUV being packaged as the most “mainstream” of the automaker’s three-model lineup. That’s not the case with the Huracán and Aventador, because in the words of Reggiani, “the technology right now doesn’t allow us to set up a super sports car with PHEV the way we would like to.” Even Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali echoed those comments, saying that a hybrid system on its sports cars need to be introduced “at the right time” and not for the sake of introducing them because they’re in vogue.
But like everything else that’s been talked about regarding the Lamborghini Urus, the SUV is going to be a historic model for Lamborghini in more ways than one. It’s Lambo’s first sporty SUV, the first Lambo to use a turbocharged engine, and apparently, the first Lambo to go hybrid.
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Don’t look now, but another premium automaker that once took pride in the exclusivity of its vehicles is looking to add another model to its family. While it’s not yet been confirmed, a report from Motoring Australia quoted Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali hinting the possibility of adding an “entry level” model in the fold to round its lineup to four models.
Domenicali didn’t give a concrete answer though as he couched his “yes” behind “possibly,” suggesting that the decision will depend on how successful the Lamborghini Urus is once it makes its long-awaited debut in 2018. As if the Urus didn’t need any more pressure on its plate, the likelihood of Lamborghini expanding to add a fourth model into the family will hinge on how the SUV fares in the market.
In the event Lamborghini does go the route of adding an entry-level model to sit below the Huracán, don’t expect Lamborghini to go all-out in building that car from the ground-up. A modular platform that can be used throughout the lineup is a good bet for this model as it dramatically reduces the costs that are tied into developing a performance car from scratch. Domenicali even alluded to that strategy, telling Motoring that a modular platform is the right approach because the alternative of building every component new “is not viable in terms of [a] business case.”
Then again, even if Lamborghini does green light a fourth model to give cars like the McLaren 540C some competition, don’t expect it to happen anytime soon. For now, the Italian automaker’s primary focus is on its existing lineup, specifically the Urus. The SUV is shaping up to be one of the most important releases that Lamborghini will make in recent memory so all hands in Sant’Agata will be on deck to make sure that the model ends up being successful.
Only after that is an entry-level model going to be legitimately concerned so from a timetable perspective, serious discussions of a such a model could start into the 2020s.
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The Lamborghini Huracán Spyder is a very special car that deserves the utmost care and affection. There are a variety of different ways to do that and one tuner in particular is making a very compelling case for going the aftermarket route to give the Huracán Spyder some love. The company calls it itself Vision on Speed, or as it’s more popularly known, VOS Performance. A lot of you might be familiar with VOS Performance’s work, having previously done kits for cars like the Ferrari 488 GTB and the Lamborghini Huracán. Now it’s the Huracán Spyder’s turn in the tuning spotlight and VOS Performance is accommodating that in kind with a program that includes power enhancements to the tune of 630 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque.
The output increase is pretty subtle but it’s also just a small part of the overall tuning program. For instance, VOS Performance also added a comprehensive aerodynamic body kit with pieces made largely from carbon fiber. Interior modifications are also included in the tuning menu with plenty of bespoke elements inside the Huracán Spyder’s cabin. Don’t sleep on the set of wheels and the suspension upgrades too.
Overall, VOS Performance’s program for the Huracán Spyder is impressively comprehensive. Sure, there are other kits available for the Huracán that offer more power gains than the one VOS is providing. But as far as body of work is concerned, VOS Performance accounted well for itself with a program that’s going to spell a world of difference for the Lamborghini Huracán Spyder.
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The fact that we’re living in the digital age makes it increasingly more difficult for automakers to keep their upcoming vehicles a secret. Most next-generation cars are either spotted testing on the street in camo, found hiding on back roads, or simply end up being leaked just a few weeks before their official debut. Some, however, remain a well-kept secret. This may not be case of Lambo’s brand-new supercar though.
According to Jalopnik, a recent Forza Horizon 3 update might have accidentally released an unencrypted version of the game, which included a list of all the cars currently available to players. However, the list also features a Lamborghini that’s not known to exist as of January 2017. Alongside the iconic Countach, Diablo, and Miura, as well as newer models such as the Huracan and Aventator, there’s a Lamborghini Bellissima, nameplate that the Italian brand hasn’t used on any sports car. What’s more, the list also includes the year each model is from, and the Bellissima is listed as a 2017 car.
Is it a new Lambo that will be unveiled sometime this year? It sure seems so, but there’s absolutely no information about it. There’s the possibility that it’s also a Lambo we already know but listed under a different name in the game, but this doesn’t explain the 2017 model year at the end of the file name. The name, which is Italian for “gorgeous,” doesn’t provide too many hints either, but it could also be a special-edition or maybe a unique car based on an existing Lambo rather than a brand-new supercar.
I guess all we can do at this point is wait for more information to surface…
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The Lamborghini Aventador was unveiled in early 2011 and replaced the Murcielago as the company’s range-topping supercar. Its styling is inspired by the limited-edition Reventon and the Estoque concept car, while motivation is provided by Lamborghini’s second V-12 engine design in 50 years. Like its predecessor, the Aventador spawned Roadster and higher-performance SuperVeloce versions, with the latter gaining a drop-top variant of its own. The supercar was also used as a base for the Aventador J concept and the Veneno, a limited-edition model that stands out for its outlandish design and ludicrous price tag. In late 2016, Lambo unleashed a mid-cycle update for the Aventador, also adding an “S” badge to its name.
Spotted testing on public roads since early 2016, the Aventador S prototype didn’t have much to say about the changes Lambo had in store and it was believed that the update will be about minor nips and tucks. However, the Italian brand had completely different plans for the coupe, giving it a complete makeover in the aerodynamics and chassis department. It’s also significantly more powerful, moving very closer to the beefed-up SuperVeloce thanks to a 30-horsepower bump.
“This is the next generation Aventador as well as the expression of new technological and performance milestones in super sports car development,” said Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and CEO Stefano Domenicali. “The Aventador S is visionary design, cutting-edge technology and driving dynamics in pure harmony, and elevates the concept of super sports cars to a new level.”
The Lambo Aventador S will reach its first customers in Spring 2017 as a 2018-model-year vehicle.
Updated 01/25/2017: Lamborghini dropped a series of new images, plus a new video taken during the cars global debut at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia (Spain).
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Any time Lamborghini releases a new model, there are two special versions that are all but guaranteed to follow: a roadster and a lightweight Superleggera. With the Huracan Spyder having been unveiled in 2015, it is just a matter of time before the Italians launch the lighter Superleggera variant.
Likely to follow in the footsteps of the Gallardo Superleggera, the Huracan Superleggera will bring a lower curb weight and a nice power boost, giving Lambo’s entry-level supercar better straight-line speed and more agility. There is still no timeline for the Huracan Superleggera, but the number of test cars that keep showing up on public roads suggest that an official launch is due very soon, most likely by the end of 2016.
Details are still scant as of this writing, but putting together the pieces of the puzzle and getting a good idea of what this model will bring to the table is simple. Find out more in my speculative review below.
Update 12/16/2016: The Lamborghini Huracan LP640-4 Superleggera has been spotted yet again, this time playing in the snow. Compared to the other spy shots we’ve seen, the Superleggera hasn’t changed much, but the official taillights have been uncovered and are, in fact, LED units. This is the second time we’ve caught the Superleggera playing in the snow this year, but this is the first time that it is in near production form with official fascias, a functional spoiler, and all of the other aerodynamic bits in place. This could be the last time we see it testing before it’s official debut.
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We’re about three weeks away until the calendar flips over to another year. And with 2017 just around the corner, it’s not at all surprising to see automakers begin their preparations ahead of the year’s first major auto event, the North American International Auto Show. We know very little at this point on what to expect in Detroit, but one automaker has just given us a taste of one thing that we can look forward to as we count down the days to the event.
This teaser video, provided to us by Lamborghini, is promising big things. Sure, it didn’t explicitly say that the teaser leads up to Detroit, but we can assume as much given the timetable we have at this point in the calendar. Apparently, the Italian automaker has some big plans on the horizon, and these plans are likely tied up to what could be the next iteration of its range-topping V-12 engine.
Is it going to be a new supercar concept featuring the new V-12 engine? Is it going to be just the engine and nothing else? Is it going to be the long-awaited mid-cycle facelift of the Lamborghini Aventador, of which we’ve seen spy shots of the car in various settings in recent months? Heck, is it a mystery car with a repositioned V-12 engine?
That’s a lot of questions to ask, but very few answers to come by. What’s clear at this point though is that a new and possibly more modern version of a V-12 engine is going to be involved since that’s pretty much all the teaser video alluded to.
Take your pick on the possible scenarios that Lamborghini’s teasing us with, but given that kind of treatment on the teaser video, we can at least expect to see something big coming out of Sant’Agata Bolognese.
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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 2016, 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 Huracan, featuring lines derived from the range-topping Aventador. The design include sharper cues, more pronounced side skirts, and a more aggressive stance overall. The cabin has been redesigned to a modern appearance with a flat dashboard and a six-sided instrument cluster that houses a massive, 12.3-inch TFT screen. Much like its predecessor, it comes with the finest materials for the upholstery and aluminum and carbon-fiber trim. Under the hood, the 5.2-liter V-10 was updated for more horsepower and improved fuel economy.
Two years have passed since the Huracan was unleashed on public roads and the supercar is already highly popular, selling more than 3,000 units since its introduction. The Huracan also spawned a Spyder model, as well as race-spec Super Trofeo and GT3 models. And, Lambo is still working on new iterations, with a higher-performance Superleggera being readied for production as we speak. Also, a recently applied trademark for the Huracan Performante name suggests that a lighter, more powerful version of the Spyder is also in the works, and it’s this specific model we’ll be discussing in the speculative review below.
The news that Lambo may be working on a Performante variant of the Huracan Spyder is by no means surprising and the name is far from new. It was first used on the Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, essentially a convertible version of the Gallardo Superleggera. The high-performance drop-top was introduced in 2011 and remained in production until the Gallardo was phased out in 2013. Granted, it’s a bit early for a Huracan Spyder Performante given that the Gallardo version arrived eight years after the supercar’s debut, but the demand for special cars is so big right now that Lamborghini will most definitely bring it out sooner. I expect it to break cover by the end of 2018.
Updated 11/28/2016: Based on the recent speculations, we created a rendering for the upcoming Spyder Performante. Let us know in the “comments” section below what do you think about it.
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Launched in 2014 as a replacement for the Gallardo, Lamborghini’s best-selling nameplate as of 2016, the Huracan has proven quite popular with supercar fans in its first two years on the market. Its fresh, aggressive design, modern interior with race-inspired cues, and upgraded V-12 engine made it one of the most appealing sub-$300,000 supercars on the market and a solid competitor for similar products from Ferrari and McLaren. Much like the Gallardo, the Huracan spawned a convertible Spyder model, a Super Trofeo race car, as well as a rear-wheel-drive, LP 580-2 version, which is available in both coupe and convertible body styles.
The LP 580-2 Spyder is the latest iteration of the supercar to hit the market in late 2016 and not only enlarges the Huracan family, but also completes the core product range. It also provides old-school enthusiasts with a rear-wheel-drive alternative to the bulk of AWD supercars that are being produced today. What’s more, due to the lower output, the LP 580-2 is the most affordable Huracan Spyder you can buy and an entry-level model for Lamborghini’s stable of convertible sports cars.
“This is a Lamborghini for those with a passion for life and the purest driving experience on the open road. It’s also a Huracán for those entering the Lamborghini family, wanting a true Spyder experience without compromising on the performance and dynamic handling of a rear-wheel drive car,” said Lamborghini chairman and CEO Stefano Domenicali.
Discover what makes the Huracan LP 580-2 Spyder special in our review below.
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