Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 ~ 2014-Present
The 2003-2013 Lamborghini Gallardo was Lamborghini’s “baby” model and was the biggest commercial success ever achieved by the extravagant Italian car manufacturer with 14,022 Gallardos sold. So replacing Lamborghini’s golden goose wasn’t taken lightly by Audi/VW (Parent Co.) and is why they followed the same formula with the 2014 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 introduced that year at the Geneva Motor Show, but originally presented in late December 2013.
As often Lamborghini chose their models’ names after courageous Spanish fighting bulls and the fighting bull Huracan had shown his bravery in a Spanish arena in 1879. Unlike the Gallardo though, the chassis is a hybrid unit composed mostly of aluminium and carbon fiber for the central tunnel and rear bulkhead. This not only reduces labor and cost, but it allows the Huracan’s chassis to be 10% lighter and 50% stiffer than the one found on the Gallardo. The suspensions are also completely new and receive pushrod Magneto-rheologic dampers front and rear to give the Huracan a more tailored ride.
The design was done in house (Centro Stile Lamborghini) by head of design Filippo Perini and is safe to say that it is a resonating stylistic success with ease. The Huracan doesn’t just have a menacing aura, as many Lamborghinis have, but in the Huracan’s case it is a very flowing and organic design that is very harmonious and even elegant in its own way… oh my those headlights! The Huracan has more curves than the Gallardo’s straight lines, but the Huracan also has straight lines, trapezoids and hexagons. Starting from the very compact front-end the now usual Supercar massive dual air-intakes adorn a major splitter also seen in between the two air-intakes. The front hood and fenders design is so compact that it almost has a scrunch quality to it (in a good way). Continuing towards the back the wide doorsills are scooped to channel air into another intake by the rear wheel arches. In parallel the shoulder lines also swoop down at the door level and back up towards the almost floating rear pillar where a pair of air-intakes on each side hide under the rear pillars and by the rear quarter windows. The Huracan’s fastback rear-end receives a three slatted louvered lid reminiscent of the design found on the Miuras or a glass engine lid cover to marvel at the V10 which is shaped like an upside down bull’s head. The tail lights are shaped as a boomerang and have the now “Y” shaped LEDs found on the MkII and MkIII Gallardo and Aventador with underneath them a hexagonal meshed screen for cooling purposes. The rear bumper is reminiscent of the Diablo’s unit by having a top platform element that protrudes from the rear body panel and houses the usual and beautiful Italian quad-pipes fitted just above the rear diffuser. Finally to bring that dress together the standard 20” dual-five spokes alloy wheels fit the Huracan perfectly and are equipped with 305s at the back and 245s at the front.
Open the non-scissor door and slip inside a perfect fit and finish interior. Right away the four protuberant hexagonal vent elements on the dashboard are classic Lamborghini at best and reflect the Miura’s spirit. What does not reflect the Miura’s spirit though is the 12.3 inch TFT instrument screen which displays all information needed in different modes including the navigation. The center console houses a plethora of toggle switches and Audiesque inspired buttons including three digital gauges. By the tunnel console, the Push Start button is protected by a gimmicky red cap which matches the new driving mode button on the steering wheel named ANIMA. As Ferrari and its Manettino switch, the ANIMA button allows you to change driving mode from Strada, Sport and Corsa (Street/Sport/Race). These settings affect directly the dampers, throttle response, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), the all wheel drive system, transmission, engine note and the steering response if the optional Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) is ordered. The LDS offers you a variable steering ratio depending on your speed and driving settings, but all the adjustable elements are independent and can be adjusted separately of the driving mode for a full customization of your driving needs and is part of the “Intuitive Technology” that Lamborghini is promoting on the Huracan.
As for the 90˚ dry-sump, mid-rear V10 engine, it is the same mid-rear longitudinally (LP) placed monster as found on the Gallardo but retuned to give the Huracan 610 ps / 602 hp at 8250 rpm. As the Gallardo MkII/III, the quad-cam 40 valves V10 has direct fuel injection/IDS (Iniezione Diretta Stratificata) but also indirect injection combined for the first time on a Lamborghini. Bye, bye single clutch E-gear and hello to an all wheel drive 7-speed dual clutch transmission (LDF), which is taken straight from the Audi R8 but received new software for the Huracan. Happily though this dual-clutch 7-speed E-gear is much smoother than the Gallardo’s unit, but sadly it is also the only transmission available on the Huracan. In normal mode this E-gear transmits 30% to the front axle and 70% to the back but it also can transfer up to 50% on the front axle as well as 100% to the rear wheels.
Performance is generous for a sports car with Stop & Start… anyway, this new bull and its 1422 kg / 3135 lb of dry weight gives the Huracan a power to weight ratio of just 2.33 kg / 5.14 lb per horse power. The 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time comes in a blistering 3.2 sec, while 9.9 seconds is needed to reach 124 mph (200 km/h), top speed… only 202 mph (325 km/h;). To stop this raging bull, the Huracan is fitted with carbon ceramic brakes as standard with 6 pistons at the front and 4 at the back giving the Huracan a great pedal feel for a carbon ceramic system.
Everything on the Huracan has been made to enhance practicality and everyday usability from the ergonomics, ease of use and ride comfort, but to make this bull less intimidating Lamborghini has allowed for too much understeer compromising a little too much the “Sport” aspect of a Sports Car even if the Huracan has a wider front track than the rear by almost 2 inches… nothing that Lamborghini can’t fix in the Huracan’s long coming career.
|Model/Year||Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4
|Designer||Centro Stile Lamborghini
|Engine Type||All alloy V10 @ 90˚
DOHC. 40V, Dry Sump
|Capacity||5204 cc / 317 cu in|
|Fuel Feed||IDS (Iniezione Diretta Stratificata).|
|Power||610 ps / 602 hp @ 8250 rpm|
|Torque||413 lb-ft / 560 nm @ 6200 rpm|
7 speed Dual-Clutch (LDF) - AWD
|Top Speed||202 mph - 325 km/h|
|0-62 mph - 0-100 km/h
0-124 mph 0-200 km/h
|Chassis|| Hybrid ( -10% weight / + 50 % stiffer than Gallardo )
Alloy chassis with Carbon Fiber
rear bulkhead and tunnel console.
|Weelbase||2620 mm / 103.1 in|
|Front Suspension|| Pushrod Magneto-rheologic Dampers
2 Wishbones, Coil Springs, Anti-roll Bar
|Rear Suspension|| Pushrod Magneto-rheologic Dampers
2 Wishbones, Coil Springs, Anti-roll Bar
|Brakes||Carbon Ceramic all around
6 Pistons Ft / 4 Pistons Re
|Front Tires||245/30 R20|
|Rear Tires||305/30 R20|
|Steering||Optional - Lamborghini Dynamic Steering|
|Weight||3135 lb / 1422 kg (Dry)|
|Country of Origin||Italy|