Lam­borgh­ini Hu­racán Per­for­mante ROAD TEST

Can this lighter, harder-hit­ting su­per­car re­ally mix it with £1m hy­per­cars?

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MODEL TESTED PER­FOR­MANTE Price £207,925 Power 630bhp Torque 442lb ft 0-60mph 2.9sec 30-70mph in fourth 4.5sec Fuel econ­omy 16.9mpg CO2 emis­sions 314g/km 70-0mph 52.6m (damp)

Six min­utes 52.1 sec­onds. Those num­bers are the rea­son why the Lam­borgh­ini Hu­racán Per­for­mante is here for our eight­page ex­am­i­na­tion. We want to un­der­stand how this nat­u­rally as­pi­rated, con­ven­tional su­per­car can ap­par­ently lap the Nür­bur­gring Nord­schleife – the home of one of the in­dus­try’s pre­ferred per­for­mance bench­marks – faster than the re­cent crop of hy­per­cars.

It has done so with­out a horse­power fig­ure be­gin­ning with a nine. It has done so with­out elec­tri­cal as­sis­tance, which would fill any torque gap left by an as­ton­ish­ingly highly tuned or tur­bocharged engine. It just has less weight, a bit more power, a bit more aero and ap­par­ently a lot more chas­sis deft­ness than the usual Hu­racán.

This wasn’t meant to hap­pen. There are other cars in the Volk­swa­gen Group that are de­signed specif­i­cally to be harder, faster, more pow­er­ful, mas­sively more ex­pen­sive and far more tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced than any Lam­borgh­ini. And yet, dur­ing this very week last year, Lam­borgh­ini test driver Marco Mapelli – clearly quite a handy driver be­cause he also recorded a sub­seven-minute lap in a Lam­borgh­ini Aven­ta­dor SV – man­han­dled the Hu­racán around.

It isn’t easy to find an op­por­tu­nity to set a Nür­bur­gring lap time be­cause the place is so busy. Mapelli took one of the 15-minute slots set aside for very fast laps at the end of an ‘in­dus­try pool’ test day and did one warm-up lap fol­lowed by a fast lap to record a time so quick that some peo­ple dis­be­lieved it.

We can do rather bet­ter than that here. We had use of our test track for two hours straight. We also have in­de­pen­dent test times set by the chief al­ter­na­tives – Mclaren’s P1 and the Porsche 918 Spy­der. So let’s see if the Hu­racán is the fastest-lapping pro­duc­tion car of the mo­ment – and, be­cause or de­spite of that, how good it re­mains as a road-go­ing su­per­car.

DE­SIGN AND EN­GI­NEER­ING

Out­wardly, this car looks a lot like a reg­u­lar Hu­racán. The tub is the same mix of alu­minium and car­bon­fi­bre (mostly alu­minium) that it has al­ways been and be­hind the two-seat cabin is the nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 5.2-litre V10 engine, which drives all four wheels through a seven-speed du­al­clutch gear­box. It’s wrapped in one of the more strik­ing su­per­car shapes around al­beit, fun­da­men­tally, not too dis­sim­i­lar to the Audi R8 un­der­neath.

It’s in the de­tails, though, where you start to no­tice that the Per­for­mante is some­thing spe­cial. Parts of the body are formed from chopped, forged car­bon­fi­bre, which, pro­duced from short parts rather than large sheets, can be quickly formed into parts that are more in­tri­cately shaped than large sheets of it. You’ll find lots of that around the Hu­racán, con­tribut­ing to a claimed 40kg sav­ing over the reg­u­lar car. That’s not bad go­ing, but this car still tipped our scales at 1590kg full of fuel.

As you peer around, you also no­tice the aero­dy­namic ad­denda.

Even a reg­u­lar Hu­racán looks (and is) fast

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