Review: Lamborghini Huracan (2014)
Based on the brilliant R8 with a thunderous 5.2-litre V10. Surprisingly easy to drive, with slick seven-speed auto gearbox. Huge improvement over the Gallardo.
Feels a lot like the Audi R8. Steering lacks fluidity at high speeds. Still no match for the Ferrari 458.
Lamborghini Huracan (2014): At A Glance
- New prices start from £157,525
The Huracan is a powerful step forward for Lamborghini and a big improvement over the hugely successful but flawed Gallardo. The Huracan is driven by a revised version of the Gallardo's thunderous V10, but surpasses its predecessor on handling, thanks to a carbon fibre and aluminium chassis, new four-wheel drive system and a seven-speed duel clutch gearbox.
As a result, the Huracan is brutally quick in a straight line and in the corners, with the 5.2-litre V10 engine peaking at 610PS with 560Nm of torque. As a result, the 0-62mph sprint takes just 3.2 seconds and top speed is a 202mph.
However, the Huracan is not as unique as Lamborghini would like you to believe. On the contrary, the engine, chassis, four-wheel drive system and gearbox are all sourced from Audi, which means the Huracan shares quite a lot of its innovations with the R8.
Yet, despite its Germanic origins, the Huracan feels every inch a Lamborghini, harking back to the hairy chested Italian supercars of the 1970s and 1980s, with thunderous acceleration and an ear piercing howl that erupts from the moment you thumb the starter button.
The V10 is a brilliant engine and blends effortlessly with the new seven-speed automatic 'box, which delivers instantaneous gear changes. Likewise, the four-wheel drive system offers outstanding grip and handling, with the rear-biased 42/58 set up giving a more predictable ride, although the steering still feels a touch tentative when pushed to the very limits.
The quality of the cabin is better too, with a modern interior that rivals some of the best in the supercar business. All-round visibility has also been improved over the Gallardo, although the Huracan still has some considerable blind spots, which makes parallel parking a sweaty palmed experience.
Compared to the car it replaces, the Huracan is a revelation. Not only does it surpasses the Gallardo for performance, with outstanding acceleration and grip, but the Huracan also injects some much needed finesse at the lower end of the spectrum, with improved everyday usability, thanks to its new gearbox and cabin.
There’s one downside though - the Audi R8. Indeed, the Huracan shares a lot of its technology with the Audi and some enthusiasts will no doubt take issue with the uncomfortable gulf in price between the two supercars. Yet, despite this, it's difficult to take issues with the brilliance of the Huracan. It's fast, loud and beautiful, which will tick all of the Lamborghini boxes for all but the most ardent of supercar buyers. .
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Lamborghini Huracan (2014): What's It Like Inside?
Like all other aspects of the Huracan, the cabin is a big step up from the old Gallardo, with a modern dashboard, eye catching switches and a pair of comfortable seats. Head and legroom is also better, while there has been significant improvements to heat and sound protection from the huge V10 lump in the back.
The dashboard is a particular highlight, with aircraft-inspired switches and buttons. Indeed, the layout is a thing of beauty and surprisingly central for a supercar, with the console operating everything from infotainment to stability control. However, as nice as they’re to look out, they can confuse the unwary, with the passenger window switch located perilously close to the ESC off button.
On the plus side, the seats are comfortable and supportive for long trips and all-round visibility is decent with a wraparound windscreen and a large pair of wing mirrors, although the usual supercar blind spots remain at the sides.
The driver's side of the dashboard is dominated by a 12.3-inch screen, located behind the steering wheel, which shows all of the car’s critical information. The display is clear and easy to read and can be customised to minimise the rev counter and enlarge the navigation map. There’s also a small set of computerised dials above the centre console, displaying oil and water temperatures.
The two-tone interior is well-constructed and more upmarket than the Gallardo, with everything feeling like it has been attached with a sense of longevity. It can also be made to fit all tastes, with a choice of nine contrasting colours, which include bright green and luminous yellow.
Boot space is limited to just 150 litres though, which means you’ll struggle to get anything more than one or two small bags into the boot. But there are a few useful pockets in the cabin and space behind the seats for jackets.
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What's the Lamborghini Huracan (2014) like to drive?
- Engines range from 5.2 LP-580 to 5.2 LP-640 Spyder
Usually, when reviewing the handling and driveability of a supercar, the headlines are dominated with supersonic top speeds and spine tingling acceleration figures. But the Lamborghini Huracan is different. In fact, the first thing that strikes you about it is its superb refinement and usability at low speeds.
Unlike its predecessor, which staggered along at sub-30mph speeds with the grace of an angry horse, the Huracan is smooth, comfortable and - dare we say it - relaxing. The key to the improvement lies in the new seven-speed duel clutch gearbox, which is better suited to coping with stop start traffic. The throttle response and braking is better, which means you can crawl along at rush hour and not worry about lurching into the car in front.
When it comes to the business end of things, the Huracan is brilliant, with breathtaking acceleration, grip and eye watering top speeds. The chassis is all-new and uses a hybrid construction to combine carbon and aluminium elements. This means the Huracan weighs the same as a Ford Focus - albeit with a 610PS V10 in the boot.
The 5.2-litre engine needs little encouragement, with the V10 delivering a colossal 560Nm of torque. As a result, the 0-62mph dash takes 3.2 seconds and continues all the way to a top speed of 202mph. Unlike the Gallardo, which had steel brakes, the Huracan is fitted with carbon-ceramic brakes, which makes it sharper underfoot, without the danger of fading when hot.
The Huracan has three driving modes that can be chosen via a switch on the steering wheel, which alter the gearbox, four-wheel drive system and engine behaviour. The engine also grows progressively louder, depending on the set-up you choose.
The double wishbone suspension, with electric dampers absorbs most lumps and bumps in the road, although the ride is always on the firm side of things, but never uncomfortably so. Obviously, things sharpen up as you change the driving modes, but things never feel like they are edging out of control as you notch up the settings.
The four-wheel system complements the V10 engine, with perfect balance, which lets the driver chop through corners with impressive efficiency. Although we noted that the steering occasionally felt a touch tentative when pushed to the very limits, but we suspect this has more to do with the car's numerous electronic aids than behaviour of the actual chassis.
|5.2 LP-580||23–24 mpg||3.4–3.6 s||278–332 g/km|
|5.2 LP-610||23 mpg||3.4 s||285 g/km|
|5.2 LP-640||15–21 mpg||2.9–3.1 s||314–320 g/km|
|5.2 LP-640 Spyder||14 mpg||3.1 s||314 g/km|
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