► New spyshots capture Huracan ‘Superleggera’
► Go-faster supercar to keep up with Ferrari 488
► Aluminium and carbonfibre build, V10 fireworks
Do these new spy photos provide our first proper look at a new Lamborghini Huracan ‘Superleggera’? Our sources suggest it is the go-faster V10 - Lambo has form with using race-style stickers to disguise its uprated performance models.
Sant’Agata unveiled the Aventador Super Veloce at the 2015 Geneva motor show and now its attention is turning to the uprated Huracan, the Gallardo-replacing junior supercar in its stable of thoroughbreds.
Lamborghini Huracan Superleggera: the spy photos
We haven’t 100% identified this Lambo prototype, but the timing of its appearance is consistent with an upgraded Huracan.
The junior supercar was first shown in late 2013 and was launched in spring 2014. And now the company faces the small problem of the all-new, turbocharged Ferrari 488 GTB and steadily improving McLaren 650S breathing down its neck. You’re nothing in the supercar arena without a glitzy new model to shout about.
While Lamborghini historically reserves the Super Veloce (SV) badge for its V12 monsters, it used badges such as Superleggera (Italian for super lightweight) and Performante (performance) for its high-performance Gallardos. That’s what we think this stealth black prototype is. And it remains to be seen if it could be a rear-wheel drive version like the Balboni, as hinted at to CAR magazine by the engineering chief…
What’s new? Looks pretty stock to me!
This car is German registered, as many roadgoing Lamborghini prototypes are. The company is owned by Volkswagen offshoot Audi, after all, and the Huracan shares much of its aluminium and carbonfibre architecture with the latest R8.
The main changes we can identify in these spyshots are at the rear - witness the addition of an extra pair of exhaust pipes nestling in a mesh-filled area above the number plate housing (like on the GT3 racer version).
However, this car is not the race car, lacking its monstrous wing, diffuser, side boards and other track paraphernalia.
Focus on less weight over more power
We would expect modest power upgrades (after all, the R8 V10 Plus has an identical 602bhp) and rather more focus on weight saving (a McLaren 650S weighs 100kg less than a Huracan, remember).
The Gallardo went on to become the most successful Lambo of all time, selling more than 14,000 copies - that’s more than half of all Lamborghinis on our roads. With a string of new derivatives coming, including the Spider, the Italians are hoping its replacement will go on to even greater things.