Here’s what happens when a Lamborghini Aventador SV takes on a Huracan Performante in drag and rolling races.
This is an interesting matchup. Typically, we think of the flagship Aventador as the fastest Lamborghini on the market, and the SuperVeloce is certainly fast. However, progress between the older Aventador and the younger Huracan has not been the same, and even though the Aventador’s engine is bigger, size isn’t everything.
Let’s compare numbers. The Aventador has a 6.5-L naturally aspirated V12 engine with 740 hp and 509 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 2.8 seconds thanks to all-wheel-drive, and a single-clutch transmission keeps weight down to just 3,700 lbs dry.
Now the Huracan Performante. A 5.2-L V10 puts down 631 hp and 443 lb-ft through a 7-speed dual-clutch. The dual-clutch will provide faster gear swaps, but adds a bit of weight so zero to sixty takes 2.8 seconds. However, total weight is just over 3,000 lbs, giving the Huracan a 700 lb weight advantage over the Huracan.
That’s a lot of weight savings--perhaps enough to make up for the 110-horsepower difference.
Another thing to note is that the Aventador SV first arrived in 2015, while the Huracan Performante appeared in 2017. Two years is a long time when you’re on the cutting edge of performance like Lamborghini, and there are definitely more technical doo-dads in the Huracan than the Aventador as a result.
So how do these two vehicles compare? In our first drag race, the Aventador and Huracan start off the line neck and neck, but then the Huracan begins to pull away half-way down the track. It manages to beat the Aventador by a few tenths of a second and a few car lengths, proving that power isn’t everything. Sometimes, weight and a faster-swapping clutch are what really matters.
Check out Carwow’s video above to see how these two vehicles compare in rolling races and a brake test. We’ll just say that if this were a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, things might have turned out a little different.