I’ve seen and driven some serious cars in my time as an automotive enthusiast but very few have given me the buzz that this car did when the silk covers were peeled away to reveal one of the most beautifully designed cars ever. In the pictures, I was never super impressed with the Performante’s looks because to me, it appeared to be a normal Huracan with a wing on the back. It is so much more than that though. The Messenger Motoring team attended the Cape Town launch of the latest version to the Huracan clan.
Not only is this car beautiful but the ‘prestazione’ (which is Italian for performance) of it is even more astonishing. This car was able to lap the legendary Nürburgring in 6:52.01 which set a new global benchmark for supercar manufacturers to overcome. The Performante uses a 5.2-litre V10 which produces 640bhp which is quite impressive but I think the way this car uses its power is the more staggering thing. It does 0-60 in 2.9 seconds! That is seriously quick and breaches the 200mph mark with fair ease. The chassis on the raging bull is a blissful blend of aluminum and carbon fiber which can be seen across the car, mainly on the rear wing and diffuser. The car comes standard with carbon-ceramic brakes which is a nice feature as most cars these days have that as an optional extra, and an expensive one at that!
Seeing this car in the flesh makes you really appreciate the attention to detail that Lamborghini have put into this mighty machine. The exposed carbon fiber, the sharp edges on the body and the sound leave you feeling almost in disbelief at how good this car is. It has that special Italian feel to it mixed with futuristic design and technology under the skin. There are patches of Audi to be found around the Performante’s interior, namely the seat switches, some buttons on the doors and the pedals which look like they came straight from the R8. This is to be expected though since Audi does own the fabled Italian brand.
This was the second showing of the Performante in South Africa, the first being in Johannesburg a couple of weeks back. Two cars were displayed on the evening, one in yellow and the other in red. If I was to choose one I would probably take the yellow as it had a magnificent pearlescent finish which really rounded the car off nicely. The starting point for this car is around the R6million mark. For you foreigners, that’s around £300,000 which is a lot of money admittedly but I mean, what a car! We can’t wait to get behind the wheel of one of these beats and put it to the test.