The winds of change have blown through the Lamborghini lineup recently, as out went the Gallardo, and in came the Huracan. Now, our early go around with it, in Spain, gave us limited track time. So, when Lamborghini said they’d let us spend a little more time with it here stateside we jumped at the chance.
It’s always a real event to drive an Italian supercar like this 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4, and our time spent here at Roebling Road Raceway near Savannah was no different.
It can also be a little nerve-wracking getting up to speed in 6-figures worth of mechanical mayhem. But if there’s one exotic that quickly puts your mind at ease, it’s this one. As no matter how fast you’re going, the Huracan remains super easy to drive, and chances of epic-failing a corner are minimal.
That means you start pushing to 100% fairly quickly, and even as the speeds increase, the competence that this car demonstrates has you feeling ever more comfortable and confident. It makes for a very rewarding experience; less cautiousness, more thrill-seeking.
Thanks to a chassis comprised of aluminum and carbon-fiber, weight comes in under 3,500-lbs. and it feels incredibly nimble and well-balanced.
But what the Huracan really deals in is grip. Whether it’s mostly because of that chassis, the all-wheel-drive, or the magneto-rheological damper control system, there are monumental amounts of it being dealt at all speeds in all types of corners.
Turn-ins are “on a dime” precise with just a hint of that Lambo all-wheel-drive understeer we’ve come to expect.
Transmission is a 7-speed dual-clutch that does an in incredible job of providing lightning quick shifts, particularly when in Corsa mode. Though the gearing didn’t always agree with the track’s faster corners, as at times we had to decide whether to trigger a shift mid-corner or ride the rev limiter until straightened out.
The brakes took a few laps to really start feeling great, and when they did, they worked flawlessly; bringing us down from over 170 miles-per-hour at the end of the front straight without them or us breaking a sweat.
Straight line ecstasy is just as pleasurable, as Launch Control does a super solid job of managing traction off the line, helping to propel the car to 60 in a scant 3.1-seconds.
The engine revs with extreme hurry as you’re at the 8,500 RPM redline in no time at all, at which time the transmission upshifts almost instantaneously. Just hold on tight and enjoy a scorching 10.9–second trip to the end the ¼ at a blistering 131 miles-per-hour.
Now if you don’t like the sound of this wind at full song, there is definitely something wrong with you. The naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10 does indeed sound glorious as it delivers 610–horsepower and 413 lb-ft. of torque to all 4 wheels from its mid-mounted position.
The Huracan’s flattened wedge shape may not adorn as many teenage boy’s bedroom walls as the iconic Countach did in its day, even if kids still even do that. But it is extremely purposeful, creating enough downforce that no deployable spoiler or wing is necessary.
So while the design still falls in line with Lamborghinis of old, it’s fully modern application will serve the car just fine over what is likely to be a very long lifecycle. And if nothing else, it takes the steeply-raked windshield to a new level.
20-inch wheels wear 245/30 treads up front, with 305/30s in the rear; and behind, lie carbon-ceramic brakes which are standard, but the painted calipers will cost you additional coin.
Inside, the feeling is more fighter jet cockpit than sports car, particularly when it comes to flipping up a cover to engage the start button.
Clean lines and a hexagonal theme run throughout the interior, with no need for a central infotainment screen as everything is displayed on the 12-inch TFT gauge panel. Inputs are made either on the steering wheel or with an Audi-style multi-controller located on the upsweeping center console.
Much ado has been made about the Huracan’s docile, friendly nature and high levels of comfort when it comes to driving on the street. And really, you can’t oversell it. It truly is a very enjoyable car to spend time in. The ride is certainly not Camry-smooth, nor should it be, yet seat comfort is great and the confines luxurious.
For the record, Government Fuel Economy Ratings are 14-City, 20-Highway, and 16-Combined.
Being an Italian exotic, you don’t have to be a Stephen Hawking to predict a high price tag; and sure enough, it will cost you as least $242,445 for a Huracan to blow into your garage.
So, in the modern Republic of Supercars, the 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 fits right in. Indeed, there are other supercars that deliver epic amounts of on track performance along with enough comforts to make daily driving a possibility. So why buy this one? Well, because it’s a Lamborghini, and it does all of those things in ways that no rival can. Unashamedly Italian, distinctly awesome, and totally Lamborghini.
Engine: 5.2 liter V10
Torque: 413 lb-ft.
0-60 mph: 3.1 seconds
1/4 mile: 10.9 seconds @ 131 mph
EPA: 14 mpg city/ 20 mpg highway