I’ll be honest, I didn’t pay to much attention to the Huracan when it appeared at Geneva in March, but seeing it in the flesh at Car Fest North changed everything, this car is literally epic. An adequate replacement for the now retired Gallardo? Without question, but how does it compare when pitted against other members of the supercar elite, in particular the Ferrari 458 and McLaren 650S?
Most people don’t realise just how small time Lamborghini is, they manufacture just a few thousand cars a year, compared to Ferraris’ seven thousand plus, but the introduction of the Huracan will undoubtedly increase that figure. Despite a price tag of £186,740, the Lamborghini Huracan is expected to become the best selling model ever to be graced with the Italian manufacturer’s badge. A title currently held by the Gallardo, which sold to the tune of 14,022 units in little more than a decade of production.
The Huracan draws its thundering pace from a Galardo’s re-engineered 5.2 litre V10 and armed with 602 petrol powered horses and 560nm of torque, it’s like a tarmac gripping carbon fibre clad rocket. The car hits 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds, the Ferrari 458 takes 3.4 just to reach 60, though the McLaren 650S comes out on top, breaking 60 in just 2 seconds flat. The Huracan reaches speeds in excess of 200 mph, slightly lower than the 458 and 650S, but it’s still very quick indeed. Meanwhile, responsive handling and a mind-blowing physique complete the package.
Okay, so aesthetically it’s not as outlandish as the Aventador, which almost looks intent on jumping up of the road and transforming into a fully functioning robo-car, like in the film Transformers, but this is the entry-level model after all. Nethertheless it is one of the finest examples of Italian auto-design to date, allbeit a little more modest.
The car boasts a sweeping full width front grill, menacing elongated headlights and overall resembles a wedge shape, kind of. Round the back there are two sets of twin chrome exhaust pipes, which poke out of its rear bumper and chuck out the instantly recognisable and overly theatrical raw of the Lamborghini engine. There’s also a pair of boomerang shaped light units, which rest just above the full width rear grill, adding further to its aesthetic appeal.
Open the driver side door and your met by a quality far superior to anything you’re likely to find in a Ferrari or McLaren, thanks in part to the Italian manufacturer’s ties with Audi. The sheer attention to detail that Lamborghini have played out in the Huracam means even the ignition switch gets a flick up cover. Meanwhile the headlight and indicator controls are cleverly crafted into the steering wheel, there’s also a highly customisable 12.3 inch TFT display, you can configure it to show speed, revs, sat-nav and audio.
Frontal visibility is fantastic, but to the rear it’s none existent without the optional transparent panel, though if you have the bank balance to buy a Huracan in the first place, a couple thousand more shouldn’t be an issue.
Talking of costs, every Huracan comes with start stop as standard, this helps reduce emissions and results in improved economy to the tune of 10 per cent. As you can imagine it’s still far from cheap to run, official fuel consumption data suggests you can expect to achieve just 22.6 miles to the gallon, but i’d suggest it’s an acceptable compromise given the Huracans mind blowing performance. The 458 achieves slightly less and the 650S slightly more, that’s 21.2 and 24.2 respectively. Meanwhile the Huracan has CO2 emissions of just 290g/km, smashing the Ferrari’s 307, but falling short of the McLaren’s 275.
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- Space & Practicality
- Standard Equipment
- Running Costs
Overall the Huracan is one of the best looking cars in its class, it was born a head turner, it also offers some of the biggest thrills thanks to that 5.2-litre V10, which kicks out 602 petrol powered horses and tops out just past the 200 mph mark. Priced at £186,740, it's set to become Lamborghini's best selling car ever and it's easy to see why.