2018 LAMBORGHINI HURACÁN PERFORMANTE
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There were several notable comments regarding disconnected steering feel, choppy street ride, and an outdated interior.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
2-door, 2-passenger, mid-engine, AWD coupe EPA MILEAGE:
14/19 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H:
177.4 x 75.7 x 45.8 in WHEELBASE: