Lightweight supercar sports serious aero and GT3-inspired exhaust.

A late-stage prototype of the Lamborghini Huracan Superleggera has been spotted lapping the Nurburgring. And, beneath the camouflage wrap, it looks largely finished.

The bodywork has undergone some big changes in the pursuit of downforce and cooling. The front features three large intakes bisected by spars probably designed to direct the airflow through and around the nose.

Around the back is a complex new bumper incorporating a splitter/diffuser, and a GT3-inspired exhaust sprouting from the center of the bumper, previously seen on an earlier prototype behind a fairly crude disguising panel.

It looks like there is a new engine cover, too, with extra cooling ducts. The rear-end off is topped off by that huge spoiler. It alone should produce some serious downforce.

The old Gallardo Superleggera was stripped of 100 kilogrammes (220 pounds) of mass, and it's likely the Huracan Superleggera will be lightened by a similar amount, as well, reducing its weight down to around 1300 kg (2900 lbs).

Expect a bit more power from the mid-mounted 5.2-litre V10, too. The Gallardo Superleggera made do with a modest increase of 10 horsepower over the standard car; the Huracan could gain as much as 40 hp, up to around 650 hp. Expect it to retain the standard car's seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox and four-wheel-drive.

Interestingly, the wheelarches of the car pictured here are the standard width. Late last year another Huracan variant was spied with wider 'arches with cooling ducts in the trailing edge. Is Lamborghini planning two tiers of hardcore Huracans? Former CEO Stefan Winkelmann certainly hinted there might be.

That this car appears so close production spec suggests it won't be long before it is launched.



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