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What do we have here? The new Lamborghini Huracán Performante. Or, what happens when you lock a Huracán in a cage, feed it raw meat and poke it with a pointy stick. You know the drill: like the Gallardo Superleggera before it, this is the harder, faster, stickier and more track-focused version of Lambo’s baby supercar designed to monster race tracks, but retain a whiff of usability on public roads. If Lambo had a GT3 badge, this would be wearing it. Yes, we have driven it already, but that was an early prototype wrapped in black and white sticky tape and we were limited to a few laps of the track. This is the finished article, and while we have the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari (Lamborghini prefer to call it Imola for some reason?) at our disposal once again, we’ll also be braving the Italian highways. Let’s talk horsepower. Good call. The engine is still a naturally-aspirated 5.2-litre V10 screamer, but with power and torque topped up by 30bhp and 30lb ft for 631bhp and 443lb ft – making this Lambo’s most powerful V10 to date. Changes include a bronze manifold (channeling other special editions, like the Diablo 30th anniversary), new titanium valves and a freer-flowing exhaust with higher-mounted pipes. Let the V10 and quicker shifting seven-speed dual-clutch ‘box do their party piece and 0-62mph takes 2.9 seconds, 0-124mph takes 8.9 seconds and despite the extra downforce, top speed is still north of 200mph.