Breath­tak­ing track makeover brings it close to great­ness

Autocar - - ROAD TEST -

Just days af­ter the Porsche 911 GT2 RS beat the Hu­racán Per­for­mante’s Nür­bur­gring lap time, we’re hand­ing it a dif­fer­ent prize: a T-shirt, if only one would fit, with ‘Au­to­car’ writ large on the front, the out­line of a cir­cuit recog­nis­able to al­most no­body on the sleeve and a huge tar­get on the back. This £200,000 ‘ju­nior’ su­per­car has proven it­self quicker around our bench­mark han­dling track than mil­lion-pound hy­brid hy­per­cars, ‘loonatic’ track spe­cials and even the Bugatti Vey­ron.

It is surely no longer pos­si­ble to think of the Hu­racán as an also-ran ex­otic; a stonk­ing pow­er­train wrapped in a pretty box but an oddly dis­ap­point­ing drive. The Per­for­mante never dis­ap­points. It has strong suits and eye-pop­pingly strong suits – and in the few ar­eas where it comes up short, it mostly does so in un­der­stand­able, even em­brace­able fash­ion.

The Per­for­mante re­mains nar­rowly shy of the out­right per­for­mance level and han­dling del­i­cacy needed to top the su­per­car niche and that’s why it misses out on a five-star score. But the whiff of un­tapped po­ten­tial about this Lam­borgh­ini is now a dim mem­ory.

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