Geneva 2017 | Lamborghini Huracán Performante

It’s bright orange, it’s got a huge rear wing, and it’s a Lamborghini. Of course we were going to feature the new Huracán Performante on EngageSportMode.

2017 Lamborghini Huracán Performante

The Performante is hardly a well-kept secret, as disguised test versions have been spotted out in the wild for months. We’ve also already seen the video of Lamborghini setting a new Nürburgring Nordschleife production car lap record of 6 minutes 52.01 seconds. Yet despite not being a surprise, it’s still a deeply impressive machine, and offers up more than the typical “less weight, more power” supercar special edition formula.

2017 Lamborghini Huracán Performante


For a start, Lamborghini has made use of Forged Composite technology, which sounds a little like a cross between regular carbon fibre and glass fibre construction. In short, it has allowed Lamborghini to craft bumpers, and other complex shapes, from a lightweight, but strong, material. The result is a saving of some 40kg, with the 4WD Performante clocking up a family hatchback-rivalling 1,382kg weight on the scales.

2017 Lamborghini Huracán Performante

The 5.2-litre V10 engine has also been updated, with output now 631hp at 8,000rpm. That’s an increase of 29hp over the regular Huracán, whilst torque has also increased from 413lb-ft to 442lb-ft. Proving that the effects of Dieselgate don’t quite appear to have reached Sant’Agata, CO2 emissions have increased to 302g/km – although we doubt that will be a major concern for any customers. Likewise the official combined fuel economy of 20.6mpg. Lamborghini is also keen to stress that the manifold cover is now bronze, in a knowing nod to previous special edition models. Exhaust noises are also said to be made even more aggressive, with a revised higher position.

2017 Lamborghini Huracán Performante

So far, so standard supercar upgrades. However, where the Performante does move things on is with the use of active aerodynamics system. Which actually sounds far better in Italian: Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA). Working on both the front spoiler, and vents in the rear engine cover, the ALA system can with between low drag and high downforce, or even allow aero vectoring. The latter shapes air flowing across the rear spoiler, and pushes the inside wheel harder into the ground to increase traction when cornering at high speed. Clearly this is more than just Lamborghini bolting on the biggest set of wings and spoiler they could find.

2017 Lamborghini Huracán Performante

Suspension settings have been stiffened by 10% over the regular Huracán, with optional magnetically adjustable dampers also available. The steering has also been recalibrated for better response and feel, although we wonder just how much you can fine tune a supercar. Braking is via carbon ceramic discs, with six-pot calipers at the front and four-pots gripping the rear. Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres are fitted to the 20″ wheels as standard, with optional track-orientated Pirelli Trofeo R rubber also on offer. (more…)

New Metal – Lamborghini Hurácan LP580-2

In his first article as a full-fledged member of the ESM team, Ned Jasper gives us the lowdown on a new Lambo. Meet the Huracán LP580-2; less power, less weight, and a whole lot more fun.

2015 Lamborghini Hurácan LP580-2Lamborghini, a company famed for bonkers styling, ludicrous power outputs and more recently for making cars with all-wheel drive only. Well not anymore! This is the new Lamborghini Huracán LP580-2, and the keen Lambo nerds amongst you will soon spot the ‘-2’ refers to the number of wheels it’s putting its power through.

As well as ditching the cumbersome all-wheel-drive system, they’ve tweaked the aero, docked the power output and cut the price, all of which is an attempt to make the Huracán a more driver-focused machine.

The front end has been scored, sculptured and moulded into a more menacing shape. The rear has been altered too, with larger grilles and even more absurd quad-tip exhausts. The aim is to increase the downforce on the front end in order to compensate for the now lack of 4WD grip. In addition to that, there’s some new ‘Kari’ design wheels – 19″ on the front, 20″ on the back – which are wrapped in tailor-made Pirelli P Zero tyres developed solely for the rear wheel drive edition.

2015 Lamborghini Hurácan LP580-2Now, I know it may seem a little traitorous for Lamborghini to be cutting the power down from 602 bhp to JUST 571. But there’s good reason for it, when you consider there’s the best part of 600 bhp putting its power down through an area the size of just over an A4 piece of paper it seems a lot more logical – I think you’ll agree.

The weight is down too, thanks to the omission of that pesky AWD system. The dry weight figure has been lessened by 73lbs (33kg) to 3,062lbs (1,389kg). (more…)

The new Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 – Spec and Photos

Lamborghini’s Gallardo has been with us since 2003, and seen a number of enhancements, facelifts and limited editions along the way. It’s also been the best-selling Lamborghini ever, with the 14,000 sold accounting for half of all cars produced by the Sant’Agata factory. But now, its 2014 replacement is here:

2014 Lamborghini Huracán 001

As with the Gallardo, the Huracán is named after a famous Spanish fighting bull. Huracán was apparently known for his ‘outstanding courage’ and ‘strong sense of attack’  whilst remaining ‘defiant and invincible’ during his career in the 1870s. Strong stuff, and good pedigree for a supercar name if you’ll excuse the pun. Huracán does also mean hurricane in Spanish but, naturally, Lamborghini would rather you focus on the bull, not the weather.

2014 Lamborghini Huracán 003

In terms of styling, the Huracán looks classically Lamborghini. Being unkind, one could almost call it generic or a “parts-bin” creation, so much does it look like a merger of the Gallardo and Aventador into one. After the radical styling of the Sesto Elemento concept and Veneno limited edition, we might have expected something a touch more flamboyant. But, that isn’t to say the Huracán is not brutally beautiful; it just looks more like evolution rather than the revolution Lamborghini claims. As its mass-market model, you cannot really blame Sant’Agata for erring on the side of caution.

2014 Lamborghini Huracán 004


Hot Rods @ The MetroCentre 08/08/2012

The MetroCentre is known for lots of things; being the biggest shopping centre in the UK, having a huge 3D IMAX screen in its Odeon cinema and for not actually being connected to the Tyne & Wear Metro. But as a meeting place for some of the North East’s finest American and classic cars? This was news to my ears.

Hot Rods, as it is known, has been running for a number of years despite various attempts to stop it happening. The second Wednesday of every month during the summer sees a range of American muscle, classic British and anything and everything in between descend on the retail park. Following a tip-off from a petrolhead colleague, I decided to head down and take a look what all the commotion was about.

Naturally, I left the Polo a fair distance away and walked over. Wandering through the car park leading towards Toys-R-Us and McDonald’s (those two American icons) it was obvious something car-related was going down. The revving of engine, the smell of exhaust fumes and the random performance and modified cars dotted around signalled we had hit the right place. With such an array of motoring delights on offer, it’s perhaps easiest to let the pictures do the talking.

What I liked most about the meet was that various types, genres and ages of car mixed in together without prejudice or discrimination. As a casual observer, it was inspiring to see muscle car, Mini Cooper, Mazda MX-5 and others lined up together. It seemed more a celebration of enthusiasts, rather than a clique built around one marque or model. If you happen to be in the area next time it’s on, I would wholeheartedly recommend stopping by.

I Could Afford That/Classified Dreaming – #1

Today brings a double-barrel of EngageSportMode goodness at either end of the automotive economic spectrum. So whether you’re scrimping by on £30k worth of benefits from your seven children, or if you’re Fred Goodwin, there’s something for everyone. Anyway, without further a topical money slur, let us proceed.

I Could Afford That!

The clue for this is very much in the title. Unless you are a former banker, having thousands and thousands to fritter away on cars doesn’t come easily. Instead for many the  budget end of the market is where the action is really at. So what offerings does the ever faithful Pistonheads bring forth on this occasion?

2000 Volkswagen Polo GTi – £1,695

“Flash (red) A-AHHHHH, saviour of the universe”

Confession time. I used to own a 6N2 Polo GTi, in red, so I do tend to have a real soft spot for them. It’s one of the first listing sections I always check to see if my old car has appeared for sale. (more…)