Lambo Huracán: all you need to know
Does the 562bhp V10 cut it as a proper Lambo? We find out...
Posted: 29 Apr 2014
That heart, specifically, is a familiar 5.2-litre V10: an evolution of the direct-injection unit from the outgoing Gallardo, which, in final LP570 guise, made 562bhp. The Huracán, however, muscles its way into the 600bhp club, making a maximum 602bhp at a dizzying 8,250rpm, along with 413lb ft of torque. That nestles the little Lambo neatly between the 458 (562bhp) and 12C (616bhp), and, perhaps as importantly, puts clear air between the Huracán and that pesky R8 Plus.
Of course it's four-wheel drive (hence the 4 in LP610-4: the LP refers to the longitudinal arrangement of the V10, the 610 to the Huracán's output in metric horsepower). Like the Gallardo, we'd expect the Huracán to use Lambo's viscous coupling system that pushes 70 per cent of torque to the rear wheels in normal driving, but can shove almost full power to whichever axle is most in need when things get slippery. Which means the Huracán won't be an inert understeerer - the Gallardo, remember, even allowed you to get a little tail-happy in icy conditions with electric aids switched off - but should prevent you making an impromptu Anish Kapoor sculpture of the roadside Armco if you run out of talent. Which, much as we may marvel at the subtle adjustability of the rear-drive 458, is probably good news for those of us lacking in Stig-grade skills.