Evo Singapore November-December 2017

Evo Singapore November-December 2017

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On sale now!

 

FREE
MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS BOOKLET WITH THIS ISSUE!

 

BRIEFING

New on YouTube: Driven to Eat

Evo Singapore’s Sheldon Trollope and Simon Hulber combine their passion for cars and food to bring you their latest project, Driven to Eat. Check out their pilot episode here.
 

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Penrite Oil sponsors 70th SCC International Rugby Sevens

Penrite Oil is Australia’s largest independent oil company that produces quality lubricants for cars. This November, they are also supporting the Singapore Cricket Club International Rugby Sevens from Nov 3 to 5 at the Padang. Get your tickets here.
 

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Everything you wanted to know about PHEVs but were afraid to ask

BMW has just unveiled its full range of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs). We clue you in on the pros and cons of a PHEV vs a standard hybrid.
 

NEW METAL

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BMW M5

Four-wheel drive and 600hp are just the beginning for the latest generation BMW M5. Find out all you need to know about the year’s most anticipated sports saloon.

 

DRIVEN

  • Lexus LC Hybrid

  • MINI One 5 Door

  • Mercedes-Benz GLA 180

  • Nissan Qashqai 2.0-litre Premium

  • Caterham 7 420R
     

FEATURES

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BMW Safari of a Lifetime

Taking a BMW X5 xDrive30d through the wilds of Namibia, Africa is a road trip of bucket list proportions.
 

Mercedes-Benz Borneo Adventure

The world’s oldest rainforest serves as the dramatic backdrop for the Mercedes-Benz GLC to earn its off-road cred.
 

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Food drive

Portugal is one of Europe’s best kept secrets when it comes to epicurean delights. What better way to eat your way through the Iberian peninsula than with a fleet of BMWs?
 

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Group Tests

Audi RS 5 v BMW M4 Comp Pack v Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe
 

Evo Singapore September-October 2017

Evo Singapore September-October 2017

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Honda Civic Type R

One of the original hot hatch masters returns for its 5th iteration. The turbocharged Civic Type R now throws out more power than ever with a revised rear sports suspension. We find out if it still cuts the mustard as a bona fide sports hatch that sets the pulse racing.

 

BRIEFING

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Last Chance Saloons

Honda and Toyota inject a new generation of luxury into their flagship carriers. Is it enough to sway discerning buyers away from the kudos of the European competition?

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Out on the ocean waves

The Singapore ExotiCars Club (ECC) celebrates its 8th anniversary as one of the nation’s most exclusive luxury car clubs with its first ever party to be held away from dry land

 

DRIVEN

  • Elemental Rp1

  • Mercedes-AMG E43 4Matic Saloon

  • Volkswagen Arteon R-line 2.0-TSI 4Motion

  • Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo

  • Porsche Macan Turbo Performance Package

  • Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

  • Honda Civic 1.5 Turbo Hatchback



FEATURES

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Cross Fit: Mazda CX-5 vs Toyota Harrier

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New v Used: Our take on the best return for your investment on a used or new performance car, namely; 981 Porsche Boxster vs Fiat Abarth 124 Spider, Mercdes C63 AMG Estate vs Volkswagen Golf R Estate, Nissan GT-R vs BMW M4 Competition Package and Aston Martin V12 Vantage S vs Porsche 911 Carrera GTS.

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Prancing Force: Ferrari’s most powerful ever road car is let off its leash

LAMBORGHINI HURACÁN PERFORMANTE

LAMBORGHINI HURACÁN PERFORMANTE

BULL'S EYE

If the Huracán Performante’s record-breaking Nürburgring Nordschleife lap is anything to go by, Lamborghini may at last have a proper driver’s
car. Shortly after driving the Porsche 911 GT3, evo Singapore headed to Imola, Italy to find out how the Raging Bull stacks up.

by Sheldon Trollope in Imola, Italy

PHOTOGRAPHY by Charlie McGee

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When Lamborghini announced that its Huracán Performante broke the Nürburgring Nordschleife series production car record by 5 seconds, it was met with scepticism by many considering that the car that set the previous record was none other than the Porsche 918 hybrid Spyder, the hyper car that had a total system output in excess of 900hp. More to the point, the Performante was faster than the standard Huracán by over 30 seconds around the same track.

It all sounds too good to be true, especially as we first drove the Huracán three years ago when it was launched. Around the Ascari circuit, it was found to be blistering quick off the line, but hard braking before each corner found its rear bucking and weaving requiring the driver to fight with the steering to keep it under control. Not exactly confidence inspiring.

So how could a car that starts out with iffy handling turn into a world-beater with some go-faster mods that the Performante seemed to be defined by in a nutshell?

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An overall weight reduction of 40kg would make a marginal contribution to the improvement of the car, and uprating its V10 powerplant to make 640hp and 800Nm of torque helps too. However, the biggest transformation comes from the aerodynamic improvements namely in the form of something called Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA): it is also the Italian word for wing. This patented active aerodynamic system was developed by Lamborghini for the Huracán Performante and provides an active variation of aero load for high down force or low drag.

Normally, a car with high levels of downforce has plenty of grip and stability; the faster it goes, the more stable it feels. The downside to this however, is that it creates more drag, which slows the car.

ALA, apparently offers the best of both worlds: downforce and stability when you need it and low drag when you want quick acceleration.

Unlike some other active aerodynamic systems such as the dramatic movable wings in the McLaren P1 or Bugatti Veyron, ALA works in a much more subtle way where from the outside, it appears as if there are no moving parts.

When ALA is off, the active flaps inside the front spoiler are closed, generating the desired high downforce for high-speed cornering and full brake conditions. When ALA switches to on, the front flaps are opened by the front electric motor, reducing air pressure on the front
spoiler and directing airflow via an inner channel and through the specially shaped underside of the car. This drastically reduces drag and optimizes conditions for maximum acceleration and top speed.

The aero-vectoring effect of ALA is nothing short of magical. The immediate impression is one of stability at high speed and subsequently under heavy braking. Unlike mechanical differentials or brake vectoring systems, the progression of the turn-in by ALA is feels more natural, it just turns in without that assisted feeling of an invisible hand that suddenly shifts the nose inwards towards the apex.

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When asked if his team had considered including active-rear wheel steering as well, Lamborghini engineering chief Maurizio Reggiano explained that it had been considered as well but eventually his team decided that it wasn’t necessary. “The active rear-wheel steering system would have only added 6.5kg to the car, but at Lamborghini, we don’t believe in adding technology for the sake of it,” said Mr Reggiano. “When we were developing the ALA system for example, there was also the possibility to independently control the left and right front flap to work in tandem with the rear, but the turn in was so sharp, it made the car too nervous for our liking. So adding rear wheel steering would serve no purpose since ALA works well enough on its own.”

This is in stark contrast to when I first drove the standard Huracán at the international launch four years ago, it was found to buck and weave under heavy braking. You really had to fight the steering wheel to keep it in a straight line and it was all too easy to overwhelm the brakes around the Ascari circuit.

This time around, the standard Huracáns were used as pace cars by Lamborghini’s driving instructors while we gave chase in the Performante. Despite their superior talent, I could tell they had to work hard in their cars. Keeping up in the Performante however, was a doddle. You still had to concentrate, but its stability and effortless acceleration allowed us to give the instructors a run for their money.

The idea of a Lamborghini as a track car used to be a romantic notion as Lamborghinis never really lived up to their billing. It wasn’t because they didn’t drive well, just not how you would think they’d handle. You always had to work hard in a Lambo but its fans would accept it as part of suffering for their art, a bit like how women are happy to endure excruciating pain in stilettoes.

This time around, the Performante is at last a Lamborghini that lives up to its billing. But is it really capable of lapping the ‘Ring in 6 minutes and 52.01 seconds? In the days after Lamborghini announced this achievement, the internet was rife with disbelief. Not only because there are lots of Porsche fan boys out there, but the Raging Bull’s erstwhile reputation for rather ropey supercars probably contributed to this widespread scepticism.

However, given how much confidence it inspires with its grip and stability, as well as the ferocity of its acceleration (by the end of the main straight of the Imola circuit, I could see figures in excess of 250km/h flash on the digital speedometer before I had to slow down, not for the first corner, but to avoid rear-ending the pace car) it certainly feels possible if this car was placed in the right hands.

Petrolheads really shouldn’t take anything away from this criticism. The Performante is one of the last of a dying breed of sports cars powered by a high-revving naturally-aspirated big displacement engine. It makes a sound that’s to be savoured. Surely it won’t be long before we’ll never be able to hear the likes of engines like these again.

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Another vestige from the past is how only a Lamborghini seems to be able to get away with a green paint job. In Verde Mantis, it brings to mind the outrageous Italian sports cars from the 1970s. While we’re at it, I wish that the louvered engine cover was available for this car to complete the homage – it is on the standard Huracán – glass engine covers are so passé.
Inside the Performante’s cockpit, it’s an orgy of Alcantara and forged composites, a form of carbon fibre that looks more like hewn granite. It’s an interesting look and this material is used extensively in the car’s structural as well as aesthetic treatments.

For someone of my 1.78m frame, the Performante’s cabin is snug and just manages to avoid feeling claustrophobic. With a clear focus for track use however, Lamborghini seems to have missed a trick by not designing a sculpted roof panel that would have bought a few precious inches that would have made wearing a helmet much more comfortable.

We had a brief opportunity to sample the Performante on public roads as well. Although the drive was short due to time limitations, the roads surrounding the Imola circuit were bumpy enough to acquit this car convincingly of its ability to offer a reasonably comfortable ride.  Incredibly, the numerous undulations, bumps and the occasional pothole, failed to catch out the low slung Performante and never once did its suspension bottom out.  

Under the management led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali, Lamborghini looks set to be at the start of a renaissance if the Huracán Performante is anything to go by. It shows a new found inclination towards real performance that takes the fight to the like of Porsche as well as the boss’ former company, Ferrari.

Lamborghini Huracán Performante
Engine V10, 5,204cc naturally-aspirated  
Power 640hp @ 8,000rpm  
Torque 600Nm @ 6,500rpm
Transmission Seven-speed twin-clutch automated. AWD  
Front and rear suspension Aluminium double wishbones, steel springs with hydraulic dampers. “MagneRide” electromagnetic damper control available as an option
Brakes Hydraulic dual-circuit brake system with vacuum brake servo unit, 6-piston aluminum calipers at the front, 4-piston aluminum calipers at the rear  
Wheels 8.5J x 20 (front), 11J x 20 (rear)   
Tyres 245/30 ZR 20 (front), 305/30 ZR 20 (rear)  
Weight 1,382kg  
Power to weight 463hp/ton
0-100km/h 2.9 seconds  
Top speed >325km/h  
Basic price $998,000 without COE