“Think [Porsche] RS version of their smallest sports car” Chris Harris says of the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. He isn’t wrong. The Performante is the most hardcore, most technologically impressive variant of the Lamborghini Huracan. Its 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 gets a power bump to 640 hp, it gets a bit lighter and it gets a suite of really clever aerodynamics, dubbed ALA (Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva). But is it actually any good to drive?
Harris isn’t actually a huge fan of the standard Huracan. To be honest, not a lot of enthusiasts are huge fans of the standard Huracan, as it’s a bit too soft and understeers too much. However, the Performante is a seriously upgraded car, one that broke the production car lap record at the Nurburgring. That shows in how Harris is able to absolutely flog it on the track.
Lamborghini seems to have done a good job quelling that understeer, as Harris is able to slide it about and what seems like silly speeds. Although, I’m not sure there is a car on the planet Harris can’t slide about. He does say it understeers a bit but that i can be easily neutralized with the throttle. It’s likely the fancy aerodynamics that help keep the Performance more planted and feel sharper. “This is by far the best Lambo I’ve driven in a long, long time” said Harris.
But the real star of the Huracan Performante, despite all of its lightweight material, fancy aerodynamics and chassis upgrades, is its engine. That 640 hp V10 is a screamer and sounds incredible. It’s the sort of visceral, naturally-aspirate noise that’s absent from modern supercars. With everything going turbocharged, the free-breathing V10 is wonderfully refreshing. And it seems very, very fast. Harris claims the engine is “magnificent”. We agree, Chris. It’s also the same engine in the Audi R8 V10, obviously, but only makes 610 hp.
Check out this new video from Top Gear and watch the Huracan Performante doing things only Harris would dare do with it.