Jeremy Clarkson, best known for co-presenting BBC TV show Top Gear, has announced the Lamborghini Huracán Performante as his 2018 car of the year. The Sunday Times and The Sun newspapers presented their inaugural motoring awards where he presented the award to Lamborghini’s Board Director for Research and Development, Maurizio Reggiani, at an awards event in News Corp’s London headquarters.
Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson, who regularly writes motoring features for The Sunday Times, as well as hosting Amazon’s The Grand Tour, said, ‘This is about the car that appealed more than anything. You get into it and you don’t know what it is that’s tingling the back of your head, but you think ‘this thing’s good’. There’s something about it: it’s not the speed, it’s not the looks. There’s only really been one car in the last twelve months where I’ve had that feeling, and that’s the Lamborghini Huracán Performante.’
Made to rework the concept of super sports cars, the Huracán Performante took the notion of performance to levels never seen before, while also conveying a new idea of beauty. Featuring Lamborghini’s patented active aerodynamics system and aero vectoring, the Lamborghini Huracán Performante and the open-top Spyder version represent a convergence of technologies to produce not only the best circuit times but the most dynamic and enjoyable road driving: the coupé’s V10 naturally-aspirated engine accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 325 km/h.
Other notable winners picked up at the event were Jaguar I-Pace, Aston Martin DBS, Aston Martin Vantage and Honda Civic Type R. They won the green car, best-designed car, sports car and hot hatch of the year respectively. The likes of Family Car of the Year and Commuter Car of the Year were awarded to the Volvo V60 and Volkswagen Golf GTE respectively. The Sun’s car of the year was the new Fiesta ST. The Sunday Times car of the year was the Jaguar I-Pace. We were up for a surprising award- The new Land Rover Discovery with the dog-friendly car of the year.