2015 Lamborghini Huracan: First drive review
Lamborghini looks to its next 50 years with the launch of this high-tech exotic sports car.
There's something about seeing a Lamborghini on the road — it elicits a different response than any other supercar. It was almost 30 years ago that reporter Morley Safer on the CBS news show "60 Minutes" explained how seeing the Lamborghini of that time — the Countach — anywhere in the world was an event. Following in its predecessor's footsteps (rather, tire tracks), the newest Lamborghini should have the same effect.
But the all-new Huracan has even bigger shoes to fill. It replaces the Gallardo, which was the best-selling Lamborghini of all time. And while the Huracan has the exotic looks expected of any new Lambo and can hold its own on a track — as we discovered at the Ascari racetrack in Ronda, Spain — like its predecessors it is designed as a road car.
The Huracan is comfortable and easy to drive, but that doesn't mean the Italian automaker has gone soft. This extreme-looking sports car will hit 60 mph in just over three seconds and can exceed 200 mph, yet it easily motors through town to the grocery store — there's even a bit of trunk space for a few packages. As Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann told us, this is "the car that is going to make a difference for Lamborghini."
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The Huracan is a 2-seat sports car with the engine located behind the driver. As with its predecessors, the name comes from the world of bullfighting: Huracan was a bull of the Spanish Conte de la Patilla breed that fought in the late 19th century — in case you wanted to know.
When deliveries begin later this summer, the Huracan will be available exclusively as the LP 610-4. The "LP" designation refers to the layout of the engine; in this case, the V10 is mounted longitudinally ("longitudinale posteriore"). The number 610 refers to horsepower, while the "-4" indicates the Huracan is driven by all four wheels.
Pricing starts at $237,250, but with all the available options most models will be closer to $300,000 before they leave the showroom.
Winkelmann wasn't ready to talk about future iterations of the Huracan; however, based on the timeline the Gallardo followed, it's a safe guess that we'll see a convertible sometime in the next two years.
Under the hood
The Huracan may get most of its attention because of its sleek, angled styling, but the heart of this supercar is its 5.2-liter normally aspirated (Lamborghini doesn't use turbos) V10 engine producing 610 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque at 6500 rpm.
For Lamborghini, manual transmissions are now a thing of the past — the only transmission available for the Huracan is a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The transmission shifts via paddles mounted on the steering column; there is no clutch pedal. If left alone, the transmission will shift automatically, but for the best performance you'll want to use the paddle shifters.
All that power is put to the pavement via a new electronic all-wheel-drive system. Under normal conditions, 30 percent of the grunt is sent to the front wheels; however, when needed, power can be split evenly front to back. No more than 50 percent of the car's power will ever go to the front wheels.
With the quick-shifting gearbox and excellent traction of the new all-wheel-drive system, the Huracan can hit 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds; 124 mph arrives in under 10 seconds.
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Very Nice! The Gallardo and Murcielago spawned a Bullock (baby Bull) and named it Huracan. You can see the best of the distinctive styling’s from both parents in the Huracan. Maybe even a little Aventador. Giallo Midas for me please!