In a surprise upset, a Lamborghini Huracan is actually faster than the Aventador SVJ in a quarter-mile drag race.
The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is, famously, the fastest production car to lap the Nurburgring. Lamborghini advertises it as having a 0-60 time of just 2.7 seconds with a top speed of over 217 mph. It also has insane active aerodynamic elements to help it stick to the road and corner at velocities that would send most cars careening into outer space.
But the Aventador has an Achilles heel: a single-clutch transmission.
In order to keep the Aventador’s weight down, Lamborghini engineers skimped on a clutch. The Aventador’s single-clutch transmission is certainly lighter than a dual-clutch, which helps it achieve incredible top speeds, but it also means that shifting is a little bit more… jarring, when compared to other supercars.
This also really hampers the SVJ when it comes to racing down a quarter-mile drag strip.
Brooks from DragTimes explains things using charts and graphs, but the long and short of its that the Lamborghini Huracan’s dual-clutch transmission allows it to shift faster and smoother than the Aventador, and when you’re racing from a standstill, shift speed really matters.
In our first race, we see the Aventador and the Huracan are basically neck and neck off the line, but then Huracan is able to get a slight advantage thanks to its better transmission. There’s no question that the Aventador has a greater top-end than the Huracan, but the SVJ can’t reach it’s extreme speeds before the quarter-mile finish line arrives.
In both races, the Huracan is just able to edge out the Aventador by a fraction of a second while both cars finish at approximately 130 mph. It’s a stark example of just how important a transmission can be in a quarter-mile drag race.
This also helps to explain why the McLaren 720S was able to completely demolish the Aventador SVJ in a previous matchup.
One other thing to note in favor of the Huracan is that Lamborghini might have been low-balling its performance. The standard 610-4 Huracan is advertised as taking 3-seconds to get from zero to sixty, but Brooks is able to do it in just 2.6 seconds. That’s actually faster than the Aventador.
So maybe save yourself some cash when it comes to purchasing your next Lamborghini and just stick with the Huracan. It might only have a V10, but it seems to be the faster car. At least, in a drag race.