C a r S p o t # 5
The Gallardo's successor is a universally celebrated evolution of the brand's entry level supercar. In keeping with tradition, the moniker 'Huracan' is the name of an 18th century Spanish fighting Bull renowned for it's courage. Suitably, this V10 animal with it's compact & aggressive stance looks every bit the automotive manifestation of it's namesake. As revered vanguards of auto engineering advancements Lamborghini have outfitted the Huracan with their proprietary 'LDS' (Lamborghini Dynamic Steering) system, and their Adaptive Network Intelligent Management (ANIMA). The former provides aided steering in the form of 'comfort' or 'Track' Modes. The latter is a sweeping management system that tailors the car's performance attributes for the task at hand. This management system (ANIMA) effects the engine, transmission, all wheel drive system, magnetorheological suspension, the aforementioned LDS, plus the car's electronic stability control. Select street, sport or race mode to experience how configurations across these areas affect the car's behaviour. All this wizardry is made possible by an impressive self-thinking Control Area Network or 'CAN-bus' (for short) called the Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale (LPI). This self thinking brain collects readings from accelerators & gyroscopes across the vehicle and interprets their data to ensure the car handles correctly. Throw into the mix a high definition virtual cockpit with N-Vidia tegra-3 powered 3d graphics & a range of modern multimedia amenities & you have a car fit for a wizard. Marvel's Dr Strange no less. If Italian Industrialist Ferruccio Lamborghini where alive today. he'd surely be pleased with the meticulous hand-built design process that produces his modern legacy. He was after all a stickler for quality & efficiency.
For those new to Lamborghini, the LP abbreviation found across all models stands for 'Longitudinale Posteriore' a reference to the middle positioning of the car's engine. Typically the figure after the LP represents the metric horsepower or PS level i.e. 610 PS (Note 1PS = roughly 1BHP). Whilst this model, the LP 610-4 was the 1st iteration of the Huracan, there have been a swathe of interesting & not commercially available variants. The 2014 'Polizia' version of the Huracan doesn't just sport an alternative paint job. The innards are riddled with features you could say all police vehicles should have theoretically. A defibrillator for cardiac emergencies, a refrigerator for timely organ transportation, a gun-holster for obvious reasons, & paletta for stopping deserving motorists, plus a range of other enforcement gadgets. Then there's the Pope's Huracan LP 580-2 made specifically for Pope Francis who signed the bonnet of the car before it was auctioned at Sotheby's in 2017. Theres also the LP 610-4 Avio, which respectfully commemorates Italian fighter jets with interior decals, a centre console plaque indicating the limited number of Avios made, 250 to be exact.
Besides it's blistering performance there is of course the breathtaking space that is the interior cockpit. Lamborghini interiors are known for their extravagance & bedroom poster appeal. In this case the Huracan's original interior prior to the EVO facelift with its large touch surface center console is possibly my favorite across most modern cars. Touch surfaces are great but they loose the aesthetic appeal of material, buttons, trim parts & shapes. Between the red nuke looking launch/Start button, the forged carbon accents across the vents & center console, or the futuristic colour & stitching of the seats with generous spreads of fresh alcantara across the dashboard. You're lost for words & treated to a visual theater everywhere you look & touch.
The 2017 Performante took the Huracan to new levels with sweeping performance improvements. This new iteration also resulted in an interior uplift that sees stunning use of forged carbon composite. Below illustrates just how this elegant material provides an otherworldly visual improvement to an already refined cockpit.
Production - 2014 to Present
Manufactured - Sant'Agata Bolognese
Designed by Filippo Perini
0 - 60 in 2.5secs
Top Speed 212mph
Engine - 5.2L Naturally Aspirated V10
Drive - All Wheel Drive
The Making of the Huracan