If you’re after a supercar for everyday use, with luxury and quality inside and out, the Italian manufacturer’s civilised new model – the Lamborghini Huracán – won’t disappoint, says Tiff Needell
Look out, as Michael Fish never said, there really is a hurricane on the way! This one’s spelled Huracán, however, and pronounced ‘Ooh-rah-kahn’ – but schoolboys of all ages will no doubt call it the Hurricane, which, in any case, is what the name means in Spanish. New Lamborghinis are a pretty rare occurrence, so its arrival (full title, the Huracán LP 610-4) is definitely something to embrace.
Let’s see if it passes the basic Lambo tests. Stunning looks? Check. Wailing, normally aspirated V10 engine? Check. A difficult-to-pronounce name taken from a Spanish fighting bull? Check. And first impressions don’t disappoint – especially if you go for the bright green or orange varieties.
Of course, with the company now owned by Audi, we no longer expect the extreme looks of the past; the Lamborghini isn’t the wild child of the road, designed to attract the more eccentric buyer, anymore. That’s not economically viable now. Instead, today’s Lamborghini must appeal to a wider market and earn its money.
Providing 610 horsepower with four-wheel drive, and with luxury and quality wherever you look, the Huracán makes none of the pretence of being a stripped-out sports car on the inside.
Only the steering wheel’s unnecessarily chopped-off bottom – complete with nasty plasticky cover – spoils the feel. I’m not a big fan of the bright ‘PlayStation’ red, white and blue dashboard display either, and would love some classic dials to match its more mature interior.
These niggles aside, it’s still a spine-tingling moment when you flick up the jet fighter cover to the starter button and fire up the 5.2 litre V10. And while it might sound a bit disappointing on tick-over, it’s hard to resist repeatedly blipping the throttle, simply to listen to that glorious engine note.
Tug the right paddle and the first of seven gears is engaged to launch you to 62mph in just 3.2 seconds – in between the faster McLaren 650S and the Ferrari 458 that it competes against – and then on to 202mph if you so wish.
Punching through those gears is now a much more comfortable experience than ever before. The old jerky e-gear system has been replaced by Audi’s twin-clutch gearbox, allowing seamless full-throttle upchanges and rasping auto-blip downchanges to boot.
Smooth gear changes are matched by a surprisingly sleek ride too. In the base setting of ‘Strada’ (street), those electronically controlled magneto-rheological shock absorbers remove all but the nastiest road ripples. Progress through ‘Sport’ (er, sport) and onto ‘Corsa’ (race) and you’ll soon find your fillings falling out if you’re not on the smoothest of racetracks.
Electronic power steering is another new addition, but one that doesn’t really add to the experience – there’s not quite enough feel of the road beneath you – while impressive carbon ceramic brakes now come as standard. Even with the accelerator pressed hard, the limit is reached with an undramatic
touch of understeer. This is an unusually civilised Lamborghini.
But that’s exactly what Audi wants it to be and the reason the previous baby V10 Gallardo sold so well. Here’s a supercar you can use every day and not need a racing licence to be in control of. Of course, I’d rather have the wild child – but this Huracán looks set to outsell all Lamborghinis before it.
Top speed 202mph
Acceleration 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds
Engine 5.2 litre petrol generating 610hp
Gearbox Seven-speed twin-clutch automatic