And so to the $64,000 question: has Lamborghini finally brought the balanced, communicative, exciting handling out of the Huracán that it has so far declined to supply in both rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive forms and that it so needs to depose the car’s competitors?
It certainly started in the right place with both of the test cars that we drove: fitting the adaptive Magneride suspension to both but leaving off the frustrating LDS active steering that makes the front wheels feel so remote and unpredictable.
And on the road, the initial signs are promising. There’s greater weight and natural feel to the Performante’s steering than in any other Huracán we’ve tested before and, as it doesn’t take long to realise, a more agile-feeling blend of outright lateral grip, enhanced directional response and cornering balance than in the Performante’s range-mates.
The car’s ride is predictably firm, as it would need to be on any car proven capable of a faster lap of the Nordschleife than any proper production machine before it.
And yet it doesn’t feel nagging, unyielding or savage on the road; not, at least, if you choose Lamborghini’s Strada driving mode.