Motor Trend reviews the Lamborghini Huracan Performante

Since its debut, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante has been stealing the hearts of enthusiasts. Even before it was officially launched, the Huracan Performante broke the production car lap record at the Nurburgring. So it was off to a good start before it even officially started. Since it’s been tested by journalists and enthusiasts alike, there seems to be nothing but praise going around. That praise doesn’t end with Motor Trend, either.

In their latest review, MT tests the new Lamborghini Huracan Performante on both the road and the track, as well as their famous figure-eight test. On the track, specifically Willow Springs International Raceway’s “Big Track”, the new Huracan performed better than anyone expected, beating out every other road car to previously test there except for the brand-new McLaren 720S, which beat the Lambo by eight tenths of a second. Still, the Huracan beat the million-dollar Porsche 918 Spyder.

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What’s impressive is that MT’s in-house pro racing driver, Randy Pobst, seemed to really like the Huracan Performante. “The engine’s powerful, but it’s not crazy because it’s naturally aspirated, and we’re not dealing with a huge amount of torque,” said Pobst. “I think it just revs. It pulls well all the way to the redline. It has a very linear power curve. It is not peaky, and that makes the car a lot easier to drive, frankly. I have no fear that I’m going to break the tires loose and spin them. I would even like to a little bit, and I did get a little drift once or twice, and it was just a sweetheart thing. It is a terrific handling car. It’s easy to go fast with it.”

But we already knew that it was tremendously fast and incredibly capable on track. What’s even more impressive is that it’s better when it gets on the road. Most supercars today are so fast that their limits are unattainable on public roads, unless you fancy a date with the wrong side of a cliff. Its magnetic dampers are tuned well for the road, allowing it to be supple enough to daily drive while also being fearsome on the track. It’s an impressive feat of duality that Lamborghini has been able to achieve.

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The best part about the Huracan Performante, though, is its ability to feel special and make you feel special driving it. Supercars are supposed to be flamboyant and thrilling and the Huracan Performante is that. But it does so in a way that isn’t obnoxious or impossible to live with. Which makes it even more special, as it can be enjoyed often. The Lamborghini Huracan Performante has been impressing journalists and enthusiasts since its inception and it’s showing no signs of stopping.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.