Lambo Huracán: all you need to know
Does the 562bhp V10 cut it as a proper Lambo? We find out...
Posted: 29 Apr 2014
As is the news that, at last, Lamborghini has treated its baby to a proper flappy-paddle gearbox. The Gallardo's E-gear robotised manual was hardly the height of sophistication when it was introduced and, by the end of that car's life, resembled a Mesolithic-era fossil beside the 12C and 458's double-clutch efforts. (The Aventador, of course, retains a heavily modified version of this 'box, but can pass it off as part of its whole Yeah, I'm A £300k Lambo With Pointy Bits So Screw You shtick: the Huracán must offer a more rounded proposition. Such is the back-to-front logic in the rarefied world of supercars.)
So the Huracán employs a new seven-speed dual-clutch 'box called Lamborghini Doppia Frizione (LDF), which we'd suspect - though Lambo engineers haven't yet confirmed this - shares much with Audi's S tronic transmission that found its way into last year's facelifted R8. No bad thing: that gearbox is as smooth and snappy as any in the business, and has already proven it can handle 542bhp in the shape of the R8's own V10: fettling it to take another 60-odd horsepowers should be no issue.
But what Lambo giveth with one hand, it taketh with the other: the introduction of a decent two-pedal set-up means Lamborghini won't offer the Huracán with a manual 'box, at least at launch. A shame: the Gallardo was one of few cars to offer stick-shifting in a supercar world increasingly intolerant of those who like to use their left foot for tasks less menial than rescuing bottles of water that have slipped into the driver's footwell.