Lamborghini doesn’t get enough credit for its recent cars. That’s nowhere more evident than with the Huracan Performante, which is without fail not only the best Lambo ever made, but also the best car in its class. By far.
With every car that goes through our garage in Brisbane, there is an audio recording yours truly makes while driving that helps me remember all the bits that were loved and disliked about a particular car, so that when it comes to writing it up at a later date, it feels fresh and accurate. With the Performante, the rather short recording was just a lot of F-words.
Honestly, if Lambo had decided to call this the ‘Huracan Holy F#$k Performante’, it would have been right on the money. Right at this very moment, you can walk into a Lamborghini dealer and order a car that defies all that we’ve come to know as possible from a road-legal supercar. It has not only smashed the bar when it comes to dynamic competency, it has raised it so high that it will be interesting to see if Ferrari can match it with its ‘Speciale’ version of the 488 expected in the next 12 months.
The basics of the powertrain are pretty much the same as the standard car, but with an extra 22kW from the 5.2-litre V10 (which is built by Audi) that has been around in one shape or form since the Gallardo. That technically makes the Performante an LP640-4, but officially it’s just Performante.
The updated exhaust system creates an audible experience more akin to a GT3 race car than a Huracan. It's deafeningly loud in all the right ways. You cannot extract this sort of aural pleasure from any hybrid or turbocharged engine. Thank Lambo for sticking with this naturally aspirated V10 engine for that little bit longer.