Lamborghini Huracan Coupe review
Lamborghini Huracan shows how far the supercar has come.
I suspect that very few booming babies own a poster of Gary Glitter on their bedroom wall while still in their formative musical years. But if you’re a motorhead – the lowercase “m” – chances are there are some duco options out there between the Blondie pin-ups. Wheel you won’t be ashamed to admit to admiration now.
If you save enough money, you can totally invest in a Blondie album (note to Y readers: music often comes on dinner plate-sized plastic). Even go to a show.
But unless your surname is Rinehart, you’re bound to admire the Ford GTHO Phase III from afar, in the unlikely event you’ve seen one.
Even the inevitable, and attainable like moon dust, are the European supercars of the era, the exotic cars of Ferrari and Lamborghini.
A car that embodies their cherished futurism like no other: the Lamborghini Countach.
Super car is now something else
The Countach has a powerful V12 engine behind the cabin but it looks like it runs on antimatter. An Airship Business in Tardis’ parking lot. It has left an indelible mark on the minds of many young people.
Now, a few boys – and a handful of girls – who admire this imaginary piece from under the chenille bedspread are lining up for Lamborghini’s newest car: the Huracan. One agent confided that he couldn’t resist asking the buyer, and with a few exceptions, they had an answer: yes, there was a Countach poster above my bed.
Lamborghini has come a long way since the 1970s and the Huracan is a very modern car. Modern in a way Countach never had. At its peak, Countach boasts a 5.2-liter V12 engine developing 335kW and 500Nm – impressive even by today’s standards. If you mean today’s standards for a moderately fast Audi.
But the supercar is now something else.
The Huracan’s key stats suggest it could have a streak of danger
The Huracan has a 5.2-liter V10 engine that pumps out 449kW and 560Nm. Although larger (in all but the width), it’s heavier than a Countach and if it’s in a drag race just leave it in the lighted position. The fastest Countach can reach 100km / h in 4.9 seconds. A Huracan can do it in 3.2 seconds. In the case of a Countach done at 295 km / h, the Huracan can pass 325 km / h.
More than that, I’ve never met anyone who’s ever been through an old Lambo and said, “It’s a reckless speed drive. Steering is like a dream.”
I’ve never ridden a car before but, if I do, it shakes.
The Huracan’s key statistics suggest it could have a dangerous sequence. Some say it’s faster than the brand’s flagship V12-engine supercar, the Aventador, though that’s something Lamborghini denies.
I can’t say but it was definitely among the fastest I drove. The legal speed is the same as the walking speed. Ask for more – just whisper to the throttle – and it delivers with ease, endlessly. Gear changes are beautiful screeches and it rings politely when overrun.
Increase the volume and it shows the full range of the engine. There are over 8000 spins to explore.
The most remarkable thing is how it handles. It settles into a cornering attitude with the slightest spur, then the curves are simply evaporated in its intuitive handlebar and handlebar.
Tires protested long before they gave up. Most of the time, there’s as much road noise as you’d expect while hissing, rattling and quirky mechanical noises – regular companions in supercars from the previous generation – barely have. It’s civilized. Even the visibility is pretty good. And no one sits in a supercar to watch the scenery.
From the outside, it’s gorgeous. He raised his thumb and smiled, in his voice. However, something was still missing. Clearly there were no scissor doors – a specialty of Countach. To get that, you have to buy in bulk: the Aventador, Lamborghini’s $ 761,500 V12 engine flagship. But missing is shock value. Countach surprises from all angles, no matter how often you stare at it.
With a matte black paint finish worth $ 20k, the test Huracan had a sinister aspect. I love it. But unlike Countach, it doesn’t startle you by its boldness. Devil it is not.
Instead there is a flawless exterior quality, a perfect image of the car like a drama. The same goes for the cabin, which has gorgeous leather, and the expansive Alcantara invites you in.