Lambo Huracán: all you need to know
Does the 562bhp V10 cut it as a proper Lambo? We find out...
Posted: 29 Apr 2014
The cabin is Lambo's now-familiar, and entirely welcome, blend of VW Group switchgear wrapped in Italian lunacy. Perhaps most conspicuous - beyond the theatrical, pointless and utterly brilliant jet-fighter-style start button sheathed under a red cover - is the toggle at the base of the steering wheel to select from three dynamic modes. As in the Aventador, you can flick between Strada, Sport and Corsa: the latter, if Huracán's V12 big brother is anything to go by, will require a steely will and possibly heavy medication to survive for any length of time. Doing so alters gearbox response, throttle mapping, the aggressiveness of the stability control systems, torque split of the four-wheel drive and, interestingly, the noise from that V10. Which would suggest a) the presence of butterfly valves in the exhaust, which, as we all know, can be locked into ‘permanently loud' mode at the removal of a fuse and b) that the Lambo engineers have spent plenty of time making the Huracán sound good. Given the Gallardo made a noise like Satan's own Stratocaster, this news should make your ears feel warm, fuzzy and just a little bit fearful for their wellbeing. Carbon-ceramic brakes come as standard, while variable magnetorheological suspension - as found on the Corvette and R8, as well as the latest generation of Ferraris, in which dampers filled with magnetic fluid are stiffened or softened depending on the current passed though them - is offered as an option.
As for visuals... well, you don't need us to help there. Just look at it. The Huracán neatly melds the dense, blocky aesthetic of the Gallardo with the samurai-blade slices of the Aventador, but ends up in a place all of its own. It's a Lambo, no doubt: that triple-slatted rear deck owes much to the Aventador Roadster, there's ample use of Lamborghini's favourite new ‘Y' motif - check out those intakes ahead of the rear wheels and the rear lights - and the huge, high air intakes behind the side windows are borrowed from the Sesto Elemento. But the Huracán resolves Sant'Agata's angular design cues into something both striking and somehow subtle. Neat trick. Though the Huracán is a mite bigger than the Gallardo in all directions, it looks compact. It looks mean. We reckon it looks pretty special.