Joel Helmes reviews the Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4.
The 2015 Lamborghini Huracan is just arriving in Australian dealerships and I was fortunate enough to get a drive at a special press launch at Sydney Motor Sport Park today.
Replacing the hugely successful Gallardo in the Lamborghini line-up, the new Huracan is the more ‘affordable’ Lamborghini in the Australian line-up at the moment – it will set you back from only $428,000!
For that money you get a brilliant new design, perhaps even the photos don’t do the new Huracan justice. Up close it really is attractive, equally subtle and slightly out-there as well, it’s a near work of art.
The rear, in particular, is just gorgeous.
Sitting over the back wheels is a naturally-aspirated 5.2 litre V10 engine that gives you 449kW/560Nm, a top-speed of 325km/h and a zero-to-100km/h time of just 3.2 seconds.
The Lamborghini Huracan is also all-wheel drive.
Out on the track, well I did push the Lamborghini pretty hard, but that is where you get to really discover its strength – the chassis and the AWD.
Sure, it’s fast. But, for the vast majority of Lamborghini owners who aren’t pro racing car drivers, it’s also controllable and about as predictable as a supercar can ever be.
I ran the vehicle in both Sport and Corsa modes and there is quite a difference.
Corsa mode relaxes the traction control settings and this means when belting through a corner there is just a delightful amount of oversteer, it’s an amazing amount of fun!
But, most importantly, it never feels like it’s going to do something out-of–the-blue and for those of us who aren’t highly-skilled race drivers that is a great feeling.
The chassis is just so well-balanced and with AWD and huge Pirelli tyres on the 20″ alloys the grip is just something to behold.
Same goes for the engine, there’s no turbo-charger or super-charger, just a big free-revving V10 that brings the power on as gradually or manically as you choose.
The sound the V10 makes is just gorgeous, and just noisy enough to make the cars significant presence felt (check out the sound in this video…)
Inside the cabin, well its function over form I guess. The seats are firm and race-car like, but you could certainly do a couple of hours in them without any trouble.
The switch lay-out is a little busy and same goes for the huge digital driver display.
In saying that though my time behind the wheel of the new Lamborghini Huracan was fairly limited and after a couple of days in its presence I think you’d get a pretty easy understanding of where everything is and what everything does.
The huge digital driver screen, despite being a little busy, is a real cabin highlight too.
Summing it up; the new 2015 Lamborghini Huracan is a supercar that offers as much fun as most people could ever want. It’s wild, but predictable and looks like it would be a pretty ‘easy to live with’ Lamborghini.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4
Engine: 5.2 litre V10 producing 449kW and 560Nm
Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch auto
Safety: Not tested
Warranty: Three years
Price: From $428,000