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Outwardly, this car looks a lot like a regular Huracán. The tub is the same mix of aluminium and carbonfibre (mostly aluminium) that it has always been and behind the two-seat cabin is the naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine, which drives all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

It’s wrapped in one of the more striking supercar shapes around albeit, fundamentally, not too dissimilar to the Audi R8 underneath.

Richard Lane

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There’s no conventional gear selector lever here and no ‘D’ button so, after start-up, be sure to engage first gear with the right-hand paddle

It’s in the details, though, where you start to notice that the Performante is something special.

Parts of the body are formed from chopped, forged carbonfibre, which, produced from short parts rather than large sheets, can be quickly formed into parts that are more intricately shaped than large sheets of it.

You’ll find lots of that around the Huracán, contributing to a claimed 40kg saving over the regular car. That’s not bad going, but this car still tipped our scales at 1590kg full of fuel. As you peer around, you also notice the aerodynamic addenda.

Lamborghini makes a big thing of this, but it’s impossible to say exactly how much it contributes to the Huracán’s lap time. It’s called ALA (Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva), although ‘ala’ is also Italian for wing.

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The short of it is that there’s a low-drag mode and a high-downforce mode and the Huracán knows when and how to switch between the two.

Think of it as DRS on a Formula 1 car, in a way. The front spoiler has an electric motor attached to flaps behind it and these open in high-downforce mode to allow airflow through it. When ALA is engaged, it deflects air beneath the car instead, reducing downforce and decreasing drag.

It’s similar at the rear, where there are ducts beneath the engine cover. When closed, the rear wing acts like wings are meant to. But these flaps can be opened, channelling air through the wing itself (it’s hollow) rather than over it, again decreasing drag.

Cleverly, the Huracán can do this only on one side or the other, to give downforce on one side (typically the inside), while allowing a bit less drag on the other.

Finally, you might notice that the car has a bronze-coloured engine cover, the mark of a special Lamborghini engine.

Here, that means a new intake system, new titanium valves and a freer-flowing, lighter, exhaust system. Power is 630bhp and peak torque 442bhp.

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