2018 LAM­BORGH­INI HU­RACÁN PER­FOR­MANTE

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Fi­nally, af­ter al­most two days, I found the Lambo keys sit­ting in the in­fa­mous All-Stars key box. My next thought was pos­si­bly the most point­less one I had all week. “I won­der where it’s parked.” Lam­borgh­i­nis kind of stand out in a crowd no mat­ter what color they are. This one’s neon “I’m over here, mo­ron!” green paint (Verde Man­tis in Ital­ian, ap­par­ently) made my point­less thought feel even more in­signif­i­cant.

The look of the new Lam­borgh­ini Hu­racán seems a lit­tle less ex­treme than pre­vi­ous de­signs, but this new Ital­ian bull still em­bod­ies an en­hanced testos­terone look Sal­vador Dali would be proud of. No­orde­loos was torn over the Per­for­mante, not­ing, “The styling is over the top, just how it should be on a Lam­borgh­ini,” but adding, “The glossy de­tails on the out­side look like a cheap coun­ter­top.” Still, the Hu­racán is ar­guably the most pro­por­tional and sleek­est mod­ern Lam­borgh­ini so far.

Pure per­for­mance is where the Per­for­mante sits. Looks be damned, does it han­dle, mate? “It’s the best car on the mountain loop by a mile,” St. An­toine said. “Ab­so­lutely ef­fort­less to drive fast.” Wasef

Pure Per­for­mance is the Per­for­mante’s Forte

praised the car: “Preter­nat­u­rally grippy and or­ganic on track. I did not want to give it up.”

You feel the in­creased grip ef­fects of the Per­for­mante’s “aero-vec­tor­ing” tech­nol­ogy over su­per­cars with less down­force, such as the McLaren 720S, though it didn’t come close to the aero-as­sas­sin grip of the Ford GT. Add that to an an­i­mal­is­tic en­gine sound and well-sorted

(not too much front bias) al­lwheel drive, and you have a real weapon, which sev­eral of our judges con­firmed can only truly be ap­pre­ci­ated on track.

There were sev­eral no­table com­ments re­gard­ing dis­con­nected steer­ing feel, choppy street ride, and an out­dated in­te­rior. On top of this, as fast as the Per­for­mante is in a straight line—and it is re­ally fast—the McLaren 720S would just blis­ter past it (and ev­ery­thing else) with ease on the Speed­ve­gas front straight. All this led to why the Per­for­mante didn’t quite make it to the All-Stars win­ner cir­cle. This year’s group of con­tenders was a very tough crowd, in­deed — Andy Pil­grim

PRICE: $274,390/$274,390 (base/as tested) EN­GINE: 5.2L DOHC 40-valve V-10/631 hp @ 8,000 rpm, 443 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm TRANS­MIS­SION: 7-speed dual-clutch au­to­matic LAY­OUT: 2-door, 2-pas­sen­ger, mid-en­gine, AWD coupe EPA MILEAGE: 14/19 mpg (city/hwy) L...

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