The Lamborghini Huracan Performante has received praise from the moment it was unveiled 18 months ago and has just walked away with a particularly prestigious crown; Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car.
Every year, the U.S. publication gathers together the industry’s best driver-focused vehicles to determine which is the best. To be awarded the top prize, the hardcore Huracan had to fight off stiff competition from some formidable competitors.
The most direct rivals which the Huracan Performante was put up against were the McLaren 720S and Porsche 911 GT2 RS. While both of those cars deliver more power than the Lamborghini, it was the awe-inspiring driving dynamics of the Italian bull that proved more important.
Other vehicles tested during Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car competition were the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Honda Civic Type R, BMW M5, Audi TT RS, Ford Mustang GT, Kia Stinger GT, and the new Aston Martin Vantage.
Looking at the spec sheet, the Performante may not seem all that different than a regular Huracan. After all, it only has an extra 29 hp. However, there is much more to this vehicle than its powertrain. For starters, it incorporates an advanced aerodynamics system which Lamborghini dubs ALA. Additionally, it has an improved stability control system, a revised ANIMA drive-mode system, mechanically self-locking rear differential, and an advanced Haldex all-wheel drive system. These parts don’t just make for an incredibly-fast supercar but also one that offers exceptional driving thrills.
Can the next Lamborghini Huracan variant be even better than the Performante? We’ll have to wait and see.