Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4
When I started this column, the first car I wrote about was the Lamborghini Miura, due to the fact that it was universally recognized by the media as the first true Supercar. Since that time I have yet to revisit a manufacturer… until now. In the time since, the Raging Bull has released several article worthy production and concept supercars including the Revention, Aventador, Sesto Elemento, Veneno or the single seat, aptly named, Egoista. However, I decided to write about the replacement for the company’s all-time saves leader and most produced car, the Gallardo. The new newest member to the Lamborghini stable has also been noted to be the best looking design since the Miura
What’s in a Name?
Founder Ferruccio Lamborghini had a passion for bullfighting and since the release of the Miura, every car since (with the exception of the Countach) has paid honor to a famous fighting bull. The Huracan (Spanish for Hurricane), was a Spanish fighting bull from 1879 that was noted for his courage, unrelenting character and invincible nature. The LP designation is an abbreviation for “Longitudinale Posteriore”; which describes the placement of the power plant; mid-engine built longitudinally to drive the rear wheels. The “610” refers to the horsepower rating and the “4” refers to the all-wheel drive system.
A Hurricane is coming!
The Huracan and corporate cousin, the Audi R8 share the carbon-fiber and aluminum spaceframe, but after that it’s all Lamborghini. The soft angular design allows the car to appear menacing, thus continuing its lineage and also refined as a testament to their German owners, Volkswagen Group.
The 5.2L (318 cubic inch) V-10 is nestled behind the passenger compartment, powers all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with such precise programmed gear shifts that it propels the 3135 pound car to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. The ¼ mile is devoured in 10.4 seconds at a blistering 135 mph en route to a top speed of 202 mph. Those numbers will best the comparable Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche 911 Turbo S. According to Car & Driver magazine; “This thing is Veyron quick.”
While Lamborghini’s have traditionally been fast in a straight line and you take your life into your own hands in a turn. The Huracan is remarkably civilized heading into and coming out of corners thanks in large to the all-wheel drive, magnetic ride control, German engineered suspension, ceramin, cross-drilled and vented disc brakes and the Pirelli P-Zero tires that work in unison to provide the Huracan a cornering grip of 1.01 g’s.
The interior is comprised of aggressive angles as seen in the air-conditioning vents to the center console, which is reminiscent of a fighter jet. However, while the immediate impression is calculated brute force, the cockpit provide creature comforts such as Bluetooth, iPod & USB jacks, as well as an infotainment center. In Lambo’s past, the seating comfort was compared to that of a church pew, whereas the Huracan is perfectly suited for everyday use.
The car will set you back a cool $257,000 but will provide you a refined rawness not seen on any car in this price range. While lacking the finesse of its Italian neighbor, the Ferrari 458 Italia, the Huracan is loud, fast, provides an angry growl under acceleration and will eat the Ferrari’s lunch all day long.