If you’re a car lover, then you’ve probably looked at a Lamborghini and admired it for one reason or another. If you’ve never had the chance to drive one, you’re probably thinking “are they as awesome as they appear to be”? Maybe, maybe not. I love to admire beautiful things – whether that’s people, places, things – including cars – I’m at a place in my life where I’m not easily impressed by all that is flashy. Again – that includes people, places, and things. I can admire the beauty of something and not necessarily need to have it or experience it. This wasn’t always the case, though.
What do you think of when you hear the word, Lamborghini? Do you think of a man of a certain age, who wears too much cologne and likely has a gold chain around his neck? That certainly is a stereotype, but not necessarily accurate. If you forget about that for a minute, then you might begin to see that these cars are actually something incredible. Not just beautiful, but incredible. Now that’s not to say that they don’t have their flaws. Everything has flaws. And if it doesn’t, well then, it’s not real.
All that said, the 2019 Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder looks like a Lamborghini should, but it also has all the angles that you’d expect from this company. Not only that, but it has the mid-engine power to back up the kind of crazy design. Behind the seats is a 640 horsepower 5.2 liter V10 that’ll go from zero to 62 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds. That’s from a naturally aspirated engine. No turbos, superchargers or hybrid electric motor help.
You expect a supercar to stick to the road, but this Lamborghini uses an all-new active aerodynamics system called ALA (Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva) and it’s very clever. Instead of adding a mechanically adjustable wing to the back — which adds weight thanks to motors, levers, and wiring, — the Italian automaker created wind channels on both sides of the car. Air enters behind the cockpit, flows through the wing and exits via ports on the underside of the element.
Besides the incredibly powerful engine itself, and the intense cornering style, Lamborghini also created its own carbon fiber for the Performante version. It’s a forged carbon fiber that’s actually molded instead of the typical layered technique. The result is the ability to create complex shapes. It’s used in the wing, portions of the cab, the firewall and the front spoiler. This composite gives the Performante a 35-kilogram (77-pound) weight reduction over the regular Huracán Spyder.
The reduction of weight is incredible, but the carbon fiber elements make it look like there is dust on it, because it’s peppered with grey splotches throughout. It almost makes it look like someone didn’t do an adequate job of cleaning them. Overall, it’s a great car. But of course there are some pros and cons to the car itself:
- Corners like it’s on rails
- CarPlay support in the dash cluster that’s actually cool
- Outstanding lightweight material and aerodynamic technology
- It costs over $300K
- Not made for tall people
- Carbon fiber looks like it’s dirty