Lambo's lightweight Huracán has been seen cold weather testing; it's expected to arrive in March in coupé and Spyder bodystyles

The Lamborghini Huracán Performante has been spotted testing in Spyder guise, suggesting the lightweight model will be offered in both coupé and drop-top bodystyles.

While not confirmed, the name Performante has been filed with a European patent office, suggesting it'll be the title for Lamborghini's 2017 Superleggera model, seen above cold winter testing and below at the Nürburgring.

The track-focused model, which will debut at the Geneva motor show in March, has been spotted with Becker Carbon stickers, supporting information that it will have ultra-light body panels and will trade metal for carbonfibre in parts of its structure.

Becker Carbon has experience of supplying Formula 1 and Le Mans teams with parts, so its contribution should help the Superleggera significantly undercut the standard Huracán's 1422kg kerb weight.

The bodywork will focus on producing more downforce. Previous test cars for Lambo's lightweight model were spotted with the exterior of a regular Huracán - as shown in older pics in our gallery - but the latest development cars flaunt large, fixed rear wings, different intakes and a new, less-restrictive twin-exit exhaust system in a raised position, like the Huracán GT3 racer.

The car's mid-mounted 5.2-litre V10 engine is expected to have new fuel injection technology that mixes multi-point injection with stratified injection, as first used on the limited-run Huracán Avio, to produce modest gains over the standard car, which produces 601bhp and 413lb ft.

This will help the four-wheel-drive Huracán Superleggera trim down the regular car's 3.2sec 0-62mph sprint time and possibly extend its 202mph top speed as well.

Rivals such as Audi’s R8 V10 Plus are offering increasingly advanced competition for the Huracán - the R8’s 5.2-litre V10 engine produces the same power output as the standard Huracán, but the Audi has a higher top speed of 205mph.

McLaren’s 675LT, meanwhile, produces 666bhp from its 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, while the Ferrari 488 GTB gets 662bhp from its twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8.

Our Verdict

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The Huracán is the successor to the Lamborghini Gallardo

Junior supercar shows what it can do with a conventional (better) steering set-up

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21 July 2016

A car like this, probably only attainable in the dreams of many unless you have a good car finance plan worked out. Even so, the monthly payments would probably have to be in the thousands before you can even smell the exhaust of a Lamborghini much less a new release!

12 October 2016

Is there a video of the drag race between, an audi R8, 650s, huracan and the 488?

12 October 2016

Is there a video of the drag race between, an audi R8, 650s, huracan and the 488?

31 October 2016

Patents are for inventions.

I assume you are referring to a trade mark which was probably filed at OHIM, it has nothing to do with the EPO. Lovely car though!

11 January 2017

Not really good bang for the buck when instrumented tests of the RS7, CLS63S,TTRS,and new 991-2, Quadrofoglio are all 3.4 or less.

Madmac

11 January 2017

+ the new E63S is likely to be 3.0 or even less.

Madmac

11 January 2017

OOPS I stand corrected, my figures were 60 mph so these cheap cars are a lot slower than the real thing-that being the C&D instrumented test of the Huracan 0-60mph 2.5, 0-100mph 5.7, 1/4 mile in 10.4,truly outstanding.

Madmac

11 January 2017

To seeing one spinning off the road in an online video, t-boning the barrier and spinning round in a cloud of dust after the owner mistakenly believed all that power was backed up by grip, during a run of the mill overtaking manoeuvre on a highway somewhere in the world. Same goes for Corvettes and Ferraris. See YouTube for references.

11 January 2017

It still staggers me that some journalists find the Huracan bland, which has also included Autocar! Sure, it's styling was probably no surprise following on from the Aventador and the fact it was the Gallardo's replacement, but the end result is still sensational and jaw dropping. As much as I like the styling of the 650S, it's someway short of the Lambo (and the 488 too).

15 January 2017

very rich v10 sound

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