So, Lamborghini invited all the major publication houses of the world to drive the new Huracan LP 610-4 in Spain. Just to put it on record, we weren’t invited, obviously. Now, the Lamborghini Huracan is the replacement for the Gallardo and according to its makers, the Huracan is a much more civilized, easy to use-daily supercar. We have heard this before from Porsche, who’ve always claimed that the 911 is the most practical everyday supercar money can buy. Taking a leaf out of their, Lamborghini have also made a practical supercar- something one wouldn’t have expected from the brand in the past.
Since Lamborghini fell into the hands of the Germans, their cars seem to have lost a bit of spice. The Murcielago was the last of the outrageous Lamborghinis and the faster versions of the Gallardo too. The Aventador manages to retain that individuality as well. The same cannot be said about the Huracan though. Yes, it has got a double-clutch gearbox in place of the old single-clutch unit and it has a stiffer chassis. But, pit it against a standard Ferrari 458 Italia and the chinks in the Lamborghini’s armor become more prominent. From what we understand is that, the Huracan is less immediate compared to the 458. The response from the V-10 engine isn’t as brutal and it still has that characteristic all-wheel drive understeer, all of which makes it less exciting than the 458 Italia- at least in theory.
In evolutionary terms, the Ferrari 458 Italia replaced the F430 and the improvement over the old model was more than noticeable. The Huracan sort of looks like the Gallardo- except for the Aventadoree-bits. The Huracan uses a carbon fiber-aluminum hybrid chassis and now gets ceramic brakes as standard. Of course, latter versions of the Huracan (read- Superleggera, RWD version) would offer a more intense driving experience, but I am still skeptical about it. I don’t think it can match the finesse of the 458 Speciale and if Lamborghini is looking at a true Speciale rival, then they’ve got a huge task at hand for sure. Ferrari set a benchmark with the 458. In response to Maranello’s product, Mclaren upped its game with the 650S. Lamborghini seems left behind in all of this. How will the Huracan stack up against the Mclaren 650S, needs to be seen.
Then, they say it is a more manageable supercar. Well, is that why we love Lamborghinis? More still, the next-generation Audi R8 would most definitely share some of its bits n bobs with the Huracan. How would that affect the Sant’ Agata brand? To put things in a little perspective, let us compare the specifications.
Ferrari 458 Italia
- 4.5-liter V-8 Naturally aspirated
- 562 hp @ 9000 rpm
- 398 lb-ft @ 6000 rpm
- 0-100 kph in 3.4 sec
- 1380 kg dry weight
Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4
- 5.2-liter V-10 Naturally aspirated
- 610 hp @ 8250 rpm
- 412 lb-ft @ 6500 rpm
- 0-100 kph in 3.2 sec
- 1422 kg dry weight
EVO Review: Ferrari F430 Scuderia versus 458 Italia versus 458 Speciale
EVO Review: Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4
Video source: EVO Channel