Jeremy Clarkson isn’t back on our screens just yet, but in between filming and hosting the third season of The Grand Tour, he found some time to name the 2018 Huracan Performante as the Best Car of the Year for The Sunday Times and The Sun newspapers.
The Lamborghini Performante isn’t merely a special-edition with a commemorative paint scheme — when you spend the $274,390 to get one, you’re getting the latest and greatest Lamborghini’s engineers can come up with. The 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 can be counted on for 630 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, enough to get the Lamborghini from zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. It helps the engineers were able to shave 90-lbs off the car’s weight through the liberal use of forged carbon fiber to get it down to 3,493lbs.
Admittedly, the power bump and weight drop aren’t exactly the most breathtaking differences from the standard Huracan’s specs. If you’re still looking for the Performante’s party piece, it’s because technically, you can’t see it at all. Under the rear wing, under the floor of the car and at the very front of the car are vents and ducts which make up the Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva, the company’s active aerodynamic system.
Depending on how fast you’re moving around a corner, which direction you’re turning or how much throttle or brake is being applied, the Huracan Performante’s brain opens and shuts those vents to best optimize the airflow around the car, increasing grip. It’s not a ground-breaking concept, but on a car already as stellar as the Huracan, you get a winning combination. There was a lot of stiff competition for picking ‘The Best Car of 2018,’ but there’s no denying Clarkson is on to something with the Performante — it’s an amazingly complete package.