Lamborghini Huracán Performante ROAD TEST
Can this lighter, harder-hitting supercar really mix it with £1m hypercars?
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