Lamborghini Huracán Performante

What it is: The lightening-and-quickening makeover that Lambo uses to lift the appeal of its models as they approach middle age. The Superleggera name will not return, but the superlight philosophy to which it refers certainly will, meaning the ultimate Huracán will be around 90 pounds lighter, as well as sharper and faster than the regular car.

Why it matters: Despite the heroic magic of its naturally aspirated V-10 engine, the standard Huracán finds itself struggling to keep up, both metaphorically and literally, as Ferrari, Ford, and McLaren embrace turbocharging.

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Platform: The Performante will get a version of the Huracán’s structure. The car’s big trick, though, is its hollow rear wing perched on hollow struts. Air enters at the base of the struts and flows into one of two chambers within the wing, which has two slots on its underside surface to exhaust the air. Flaps at the base of the struts can open independently of each other, providing more downforce to one side of the car or the other depending on which way the car is turning.

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Powertrain: The Huracán’s glorious V-10 makes 602 horsepower in the all-wheel-drive version, and Lamborghini will likely only be able to eke out 40 more horsepower from the naturally aspirated engine. The Performante will use the same all-wheel-drive system and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission as the standard car.

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Competition:  Ferrari 488 Speciale, Ford GT, McLaren 675LT. What might go wrong:  Aero trickery might not result in a car that’s any more fun to drive.

Estimated arrival and price: Later this year. How’s $350,000 sound?

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