TEST DRIVE | Epic New Lamborghini Huracan
The Gallardo is now dead and buried but fear not, because Lamborghini have introduced a replacement for their most popular and biggest selling model.
Since Audi took over Lamborghini around 15 years ago, their reputation for churning out huge V12 monsters which need superhuman strength to steer and change gear has been banished. They now produce useable but still eccentric supercars.
The Huracan was first shown in 2014 and like most Lambos, it’s named after a famous bull, also the Mayan God of wind, fire and storm. It competes in the same sector as the Ferrari 458 and McLaren 650S. All three not quite playboy-driven, Monaco-cruising hypercars but instead focused technological milestones which should be admired.
The first thing you notice when sitting in the Huracan is the quality and robustness of the interior. It’s all very Audi-like so nothing will ever go wrong. The Audi Multimedia Interface is very simple to use and navigate, and the buttons all make sense. There’s a big new LCD display instead of traditional instruments and dials which you can customise to show anything such as the aviation-based navigation, speedo and rev counter.
Once you’ve wriggled into the lightweight seats, you feel comfortable but when cruising on a longer journey they can become uncomfortable and unsupportive – there is no thigh support which is a shame. Pricey fixed-back carbon fibre bucket seats can be spec’d and are described as “ultra supportive” but I fail to see how this can be the case. They’re also ultra expensive!
Start it up and the wonderful engine bursts into life. Start accelerating and with a lovely crescendo, the familiar sound of the 5.2-litre V10 Audi-derived engine producing 602bhp reaches its pinnacle at a deafening 9,000rpm before stepping up to the next gear with a quick satisfying jolt, while the all-wheel drive system maintains perfect traction. The exhaust crackle when lifting off the throttle makes you shiver every time. The engine also has start-stop thanks to some EU nonsense. Carbon-ceramic brakes are standard so you’ll never have concerns about stopping the Huracan either.
Unlike Porsche, McLaren, Maserati etc., Lamborghini have correctly resisted the urge to downsize the engine for this car and add turbochargers – a refreshing change from what most manufacturers are doing these days.
The suspension damping and gearbox can be adjusted to suit your mood with the switch on the steering wheel. Referred to as “ANIMA” it stands for Adaptive Network Intelligent MAnagement, and also translates as “soul” in Italian. This car also had the adaptive steering option which I would personally avoid. It adjusts the sensitivity of the steering according to your speed but just doesn’t feel natural.
0-60mph takes just 3.2 seconds and it will reach 202mph given the chance. It’s not as crazy as previous Lamborghinis but it drives beautifully, goes like stink and sounds incredible whether idling or at full chat.
Base price for the Huracan is just over £180,000 and can easily reach £200,000 when options such as special paint finishes, upgraded suspension and carbon fibre body enhancements are added.
Expect to see the Spyder version announced very soon…