Aspire Magazine Issue 2 - Page 29

If you’re on the hunt for a physical, dare-to-red-line driving experience, look no further. While Lamborghini has made the Huracán since 2014, the new Huracán Performante is the fastest-yet version of the V-10-powered land rocket. This means zero-to-60-mph in less than three seconds, a racecar-stiff chassis (and yes, the Huracán already rode firmly) and a 202-mph top speed. The kicker is the sound of the engine. Imagine your ear next to a firecracker fused with Jimi Hendrix’s most commanding guitar licks. It’s borderline obnoxious—perhaps the point. “Pay attention!” all 631 horses bellow. As if the sheer look of this Lamborghini doesn’t announce that first. When asked why it’s faster, Lamborghini engineers reveal they significantly lightened several engine components. The result? Freer movement, faster exhaust flow, and better “breathing.”  The entire car is 90 pounds lighter than the stock Huracán. This may not sound like much, but couple that with a 29 horsepower increase in engine potency, and the impact is extreme. The fixed rear wing helps the car stick to the road better, particularly at higher speeds. Both the rear wing and a new front splitter have their own air intakes, too, creating extra downforce when you OPPOSITE: The Huracán Performante goes zero to 60 in less than three seconds. FROM TOP: Expect a racecar- stiff chassis and a 202-mph top speed; the Performante features a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. brake and corner. And when you mash the gas, the intakes shut, sending air through the underside of the car and simultaneously over the rear wing, allowing this Lambo to hit 100mph in under six seconds.  With all-wheel-drive, wide and low 30-series Pirelli tires, a stiffer chassis and suspension, and a brilliant, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the Performante is easier to drive than you’d expect. The biggest struggle is that the revs climb as fast as they would on a Ducati. Learning to shift before redline takes a concerted effort, as does sensing the exact limit of the tires and how the car rotates when the rubber begins to let go. But the non-filtered primal scream of this Lamborghini is a good thing, especially in an era of fast cars that are too muted. Rather, the Performante screams with ten-shots-of-espresso adrenaline. Expect to be shocked and alert to the work of driving.  Subtle is not part of this car’s vocabulary. Unlike some of its rivals, you can’t quiet its performance aspects to make it commuter-friendly. If a car aficionado, you probably knew all that. Lesser known is how this Lamborghini balances its peacock tendencies with astounding capability. Unlike Porsche and Mercedes, which make similarly fast machines (though arguably not as sexy), Lamborghini wants to sell you a car that is both all show and go. How completely Italian. 
From $280,000. THE PERFORMANTE SCREAMS WITH TEN-SHOTS-OF-ESPRESSO ADRENALINE. EXPECT TO BE SHOCKED AND ALERT TO THE WORK OF DRIVING.  FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO L AMBORGHINI.COM ASPIRE | ISSUE TWO 27