Few car brands are as much fun to say as “Lamborghini.” It just rolls off the tongue, bringing with it mythical levels of cachet, knowing nods of admiration from sports car enthusiasts and wide-eyed, awestruck stares from non-enthusiast onlookers. The cars themselves are wild — starfighter-styled machines, all angles and edges, accompanied by doors that don’t open like you’d expect and noises that sound nothing like anything you’ve driven before.
Their cost and rarity mean that you don’t often see Lamborghinis of any type gracing the virtual pages of our little corner of the World Wide Web. They sell in such small volumes that unless you live in an affluent area that enjoys warm weather and smooth pavement, it’s unlikely you’ll see even one on the streets of your town in a given year. But they are out there, models like this one — the 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante.
This is the “entry-level” Lamborghini, your gateway drug into the pharmacopeia of exotic hypercars. Featuring a mid-mounted, naturally aspirated V-10 engine making 640 horsepower, it fires to life with a sound most frequently associated with racecars. The power gets to the ground via a sport-tuned seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and an all-wheel-drive system for maximum grip. The wheels are 20-inch units front and rear, 8.5 inches wide up front and 11 inches wide in the back, running super-soft Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.
The chassis is a lightweight mix of aluminum and carbon fiber, while the body is a mix of aluminum and composite material. Carbon fiber runs throughout the car, using a special forged process instead of layering that gives all of the carbon bits an unusual tortoiseshell look. The interior is straight-up sci-fi and will have you looking for missile launchers among the other knobs and switches.
Have a look through the gallery at this amazing sports car from our test drive at Roebling Road Raceway outside Savannah, Ga., and be sure to check out our video review of the new Huracan.
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