Did Lamborghini just unveil the fastest production car in the world?

Lamborghini Huracan Performante

It’s hard to say exactly if this is the fastest production car in the world or not. Automobile manufacturers are notorious for making exaggerated claims. But one this is for sure: The Lamborghini Huracan Performante is one magnificent beast.

Aside from the tall rear wing, the Performante doesn’t look radically different from lesser (only relative to this car) Huracan variants. A number of parts have been replaced with lighter carbon fiber composite equivalents to reduce the overall mass by 88-pounds. At the same time the 5.2-liter V10 engine has been retuned to up output from a mere 602-horsepower to 630-hp.

In addition to the time honored techniques of reducing weight and adding power, Lamborghini has also integrated a fascinating new active aerodynamics system that dynamically adjusts the balance between down-force and drag. In the process, Lamborghini claims to have set the fastest production car lap time to date at the legendary Nurburgring track in Germany.

These changes alone would be unlikely to push the Performante to what may be the first sub seven-minute lap of the challenging 13-mile long track in the Eiffel mountains long known to race drivers as the “Green Hell.” The 6-minute 52.01-second lap time has been rumored for several weeks and there have been accusations that while the car was production intent, it may have been running on what were effectively race tires. Claims and counter-claims by various manufacturers about ‘Ring times have clouded the records for the past several years as every maker of fast cars vies to be fastest.