Is the Huracan Performante the best Lamborghini so far?
This is what happens when you put a Lamborghini Huracan on a diet and give it more power and more aero. It becomes, maybe, the best Lambo so far.
The Huracan is Lamborghini's smallest car, but that doesn't mean that it is short on performance. It is equipped with a 610 PS V10 that makes the car reach a top speed of 320 km/h and go from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.4 seconds. Yes, this is the smallest and most affordable Lamborghini you can get with prices starting at just over 240'000$. However, for Lamborghini, this is not enough.
You see, the Huracan LP610-4 is just the "base" model. Since 2017, you can get the Huracan Performante! That's quite a sexy name for a sexy car. Think of this car as the GT3 RS or the Pista from Lamborghini. A highly track-focused car that held the Nurburgring's production car lap-time record for many weeks and that's an eternity in the automotive world.
So, what can the Performante give you for your money? First things first, you now 640 PS from the engine, obviously less weight, some chassis modifications for optimal grip, a quicker gearbox, some super sticky tyres and your typical active aerodynamics. It only comes as a four-wheel drive, which is not a bad thing if you plan on staying on the road. The Perf' is capable of reaching a top speed of 351 km/h and go from 0 to 100 km/h in only 2.9 seconds.
The Huracan shares many parts with the Audi R8, and you can feel this when you get inside. Just like the latest R8, the only screen you get is the one right in front of the driver. But, nothing on the center console, which makes it a bit disturbing. However, I think it's a positive thing since you harldy get distracted while driving. It also gives the interior a slicker look. By the way, this interior is just magnificent! There is forged carbon fiber everywhere and it makes the R8's interior look dull. On the downside, it'd be hard to stay more than 15 minutes in the car because of the seats. That's a bit of an exaggeration but it's true that they're quite stiff. Here you have your perfect environment to destroy lap times. And that's the thing with the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, it is a really fun car to drive. Lamborghini has never really been well-known for building wild and exciting track cars, but the Performante is a game-changer!
Can we state the Huracan Performante as a proper driver's car? The answer is yes! While the big sister Aventador feels too heavy and too stylish to thrash around a racetrack, the Performante is more nimble, precise and playful. I haven't tried the car on a circuit but these were the feelings I got while I was experimenting it. The car is about $100'000 more than a "base" Huracan, and the right question would be, is it worth it? First thing to know is that the Performante is not a limited edition. Therefore, we should not expect prices to go up too much. The same thing happened with its predecessor, the Gallardo Superleggera. So, the car is not what you'd call an investment. Prices will lower. But driving the Performante is such an event that if you can afford to spend that kind of money on a car, you should go for it. Yes, the Huracan Performante is the best modern Lamborghini so far.
Lamborghini Huracan Performante
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Perego Cars, situated in Switzerland, for giving me the opportunity to review and shoot this car that is currently on sale. Website: www.peregocars.com/en Facebook: www.facebook.com/peregocars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/peregocars/