In the world of hardcore-special supercars, Ferrari is typically king. Its track-focused specials are the most popular among all others, including both Lamborghini and Porsche. The Ferrari 458 Speciale is considered to be one of the finest driving instruments ever made. Can the Lamborghini Huracan Performante reach that same level?
According to this new video review from Henry Catchpole and DriveTribe, yes it can.
Based on the standard Lamborghini Huracan, the Performante really turns things up to eleven. Under the hood, the Huracan’s 602 hp was bumped up to 640 hp, weight was reduced and, most importantly aerodynamics were significantly improved. The first thing you notice is the massive fixed wing at the back but that’s only the top of the aerodynamic iceberg.
At the front, there’s an adaptive lower splitter that uses active flaps to direct airflow through the body based on what the car is doing. Under normal conditions, the flaps are up, allowing for front end downforce and increasing grip. It can also load up the front end downforce on one side or the other, when entering a corner. This helps the front end bite hard through corners and proving a ton of grip and confidence. The air can also travel up through the body and out of two vents at the back of the car, just ahead of the rear wing. This smooths out the airflow over the car, allowing it to go faster in a straight line.
All of that is controlled by a system that Lamborghini calls ALA, or Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (which translates to Active Lamborghini Aerodynamics). This system controls which direction the air goes through and around the body of the car and can be controlled from inside the car.
The suspension has also been thoroughly revised, being 10 percent stiffer vertically, with 15 percent stiffer roll-reduction. All of that combines to make the Huracan Performante an absolute track monster and one of the best driving Lamborghinis of all time.
After taking it out on both the road and track, Catchpole claims that, despite its all-wheel drive making it a bit less dramatic than its rear-wheel drive competitors, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante is right up there with the best in the world.