The Lamborghini Huracan – Look Elegant, Go Fantastically And Stop Beautifully (Part 1)

8/5/2014 9:49:51 PM

The Huracán LP610-4 comes with a host of new tech and the promise of being easier to drive than its predecessor, the Gallardo. But does that mean some of the old, wild Lamborghini magic has been lost?

At no point in the next few minutes will you feel sorry for me. Even so, I’d like to give you an insight into the Lamborghini Huracán launch. It starts at 7.45am with a coach trip from Marbella up to the Ascari Race Resort, followed by a press conference and a series of four-lap track sessions in four car groups behind an Aventador until 1pm.The cars used on track will then be prepped for the road drive (new tyres, fuel, a spit-and-polish), which is scheduled to begin at 2pm and finish around 4pm back at the hotel in Marbella.

The Huracán is the successor to the Lamborghini Gallardo

The Huracán is the successor to the Lamborghini Gallardo

Lamborghini has laid on several photographers and there is already a big archive of images to choose from. However, this is a Very Important Car, so we want our own photographs and our own video. Photographer Dean Smith and film-maker Sam Riley have therefore flown out separately, and after blowing up one hire car will wait impatiently in the slowest Opel Zafira in the western world for 2pm to roll around. Our mission? Three options for the cover, eight pages in the magazine and a video. In two hours. To say it will be an intense afternoon is something of an understatement, and although we will get back to Marbella heroically late (just before 10pm, since you ask), the point is that coming to a meaningful conclusion about any car when you’re in a constant state of panic and frenzied activity is very tricky indeed. Especially when it is a car as complex as the Huracán.

The interior designers have created a luxurious, spacious cabin that dresses advanced acoustic and electronic technologies

The interior designers have created a luxurious, spacious cabin that dresses advanced acoustic and electronic technologies

It’s worth reiterating just how important the Huracán is to Lamborghini, too. Not just important, vital. It replaces the Gallardo, which was launched in 2003 and found 14,022 buyers. Consider that only around 30,000 Lamborghinis have ever been produced and you start to understand just what the Huracán represents. To heap yet more pressure on the new car, the model it replaces is still a mighty machine. At the other end of the Gallardo scale, my last and lasting memory of the old stager is of a basic LP550-2 with a manual gearbox. It was simply breathtaking. Big boots and all that.

Shielded switchgear adds to the sense of occasion

Shielded switchgear adds to the sense of occasion

Emerging from the coach, blinking into the sunshine to find a V-formation of bright white Huracáns is a pretty good way to start the day. However, it’s hard not to think that maybe the designers have capitulated in the face of the enormous task they were handed. The Huracán is a fine-looking car, certainly, but it’s not a revolution and neither is it possessed of the same fierce brutality that seemed to sweat from every blunt line of the Gallardo. In the press conference the message is one of useability and accessibility, of a car that is easy to drive and flatters the inexperienced… Say what? I’m not suggesting that a Lamborghini should be an evil-handling monster, but it needs edge and attitude. I hope it’s under there somewhere.


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