Global events precluded the scrutiny of telemetry, but Lamborghini’s claims usually prove trustworthy.
Therefore, there’s little reason to doubt the rear-drive Huracán will accelerate to 62mph in 3.3sec, to 124mph in a shade over nine and on past 200mph, making this the first entry-level Lamborghini to do so. The regular Huracán goes even quicker, needing 2.9sec to hit 62mph.
However, once on the move, when the tractive benefits of a driven front axle have ebbed, the ‘lesser’ variant gives away almost nothing and both cars exhibit truly stomach-turning pace. After all, only 11bhp per tonne separates them, although in this respect the McLaren 570S beats both Lamborghinis, and the McLaren 720S and F8 Tributo do better still.
However, none is anywhere near as glorious as the Huracán, whose V10 delivery is every bit as linear and pure as you can imagine, all the way to the 8500rpm redline.
Only the race-derived 4.0-litre flat six in the Porsche 911 GT3 feels so satisfying and elemental, and even that engine has recently lost some of its electrifying rasp, courtesy of new filters. The Lamborghini’s massive displacement also has an impact, with 70% of torque arriving at only 1000rpm, ensuring that despite the lack of forced induction, severe performance is only an ankle flex away. To bastardise Samuel Johnson’s famous words, if you’re tired of this engine, you’re tired of cars.