Lambo Huracán: all you need to know
Does the 562bhp V10 cut it as a proper Lambo? We find out...
Posted: 29 Apr 2014
But the Gallardo was a product of simpler, more innocent times. When it landed in 2003, the ‘baby Lambo' really only had to worry about the Ferrari 360, which - though a fine car by the standards of the day - had been on sale for four years already. The Huracán must carve out its territory in a supercar warzone containing not only the Ferrari 458 - which is a) two generations developed from the 360 that did battle with the Gallardo and b) quite simply one of the very finest Ferraris ever created - but McLaren's freakishly rapid, getting-better-every-year 12C. Oh, and the Audi R8, which has grown from a 911 Carrera-rivalling sports car at its inception to - in its latest 542bhp ‘V10 Plus' flavour - a genuine everyday supercar, not to mention one that borrows more than a few parts from the Lamborghini warehouse. Chuck the 560bhp, four-wheel-drive Porsche 911 Turbo S and BMW's paradigm-shifting i8 hybrid into the mix (and while you're at it, why not Mercedes-Benz's upcoming GT, and the departing SLS?), and it's clear the Huracán will have to work a whole lot harder than the Gallardo ever needed to in order to convince the world's well-heeled to part with their wonga.
Lamborghini, in a burst of surprisingly un-Lambo-esque restraint, hasn't tried to reinvent the big-selling, V10 wheel (though, honestly, so mad have been the creations pouring from Sant'Agata recently, it genuinely wouldn't have been a surprise to see Lambo replace the Gallardo with a three-wheeled bat-pod powered by zirconium and caustic put-downs). There's no McLaren-style turbocharging here, no fiddling with hybrid modules or energy recovery systems. The Huracán remains a supercar in the most traditional sense, a wedge-shaped lump of exotica with a big, naturally aspirated engine of many cylinders at its heart.