It is not easy for us to get an idea of how difficult it is for a brand like Lamborghini to take over from such a popular and successful sports car as the Gallardo. We will try to present the context in which the Hurricane arrives with figures. The Lamborghini Gallardo has covered, with more than 14,000 units manufactured, practically half of all Lamborghini produced in the brand’s fifty-year history.
The market has changed, rivals are much more competitive, technology is everything and maintaining profit margins and a price commensurate with its performance will be crucial for the Huracán to repeat and exceed the successes of its predecessor. It is what is expected of him and he arrives with a very high bar.
That is why Lamborghini has ensured the development of something more than a pretty face with a very powerful engine, those from Sant’Agata have put all their meat on the grill so that their rivals don’t get their ears wet, to be at least as fast as they, but above all for provide its customers with the ultimate sports car, the most versatile. El Huracán aims to be a car that you can use daily to move around your social events, go down to the supermarket and walk through the marina and the one that you want to take with you on the weekend, either for an improvised trip with your partner or to strike two sets of tires at € 500 per kilo on your favorite circuit.
This is the Huracán and this is how we are going to explain the ins and outs of its technology.
There are things that do not change, and probably should not change. And except for the most veteran, very few today will understand a Lamborghini with any other engine than a ten or a twelve cylinder. The Hurricane repeats the recipe of its predecessor, a V10 of 5.2 liters and 610 CVTo begin with, because surely in a few years it will release even more powerful versions.
Although in essence it is the same block as the one used in the Gallardo, the Huracán has improved its records with the new Iniezione Diretta Stratificata, something that sounds very exotic in Italian and is nothing more than the stratification in direct injection which will allow us – among other things – to save fuel by more efficient planning of the mixture in the combustion chamber, combining the concept of direct injection (starting and high revolutions) and indirect (low and medium regime). We will tell you only once and then we will forget about it, because who cares what a Lamborghini consumes? But the Lamborghini Huracán certifies 12.5 liters / 100 kilometers and 290 g / km of COtwo, which is not bad for a supercar with more than 600 hp.
Let’s continue with other Italian words. Lamborghini Doppia Frizione is the name chosen for the new double clutch transmission and seven relations of Sant’Agata, LDF for friends. The effectiveness of this transmission with hydraulic drive and multi-disc clutch will allow the Huracán to caress the 325 km / h and strike 0 to 100 km / h in 3.2 seconds, although if we continue to accelerate we will have reached 200 km / h from standing still in less than ten seconds.
Don’t forget that like its predecessor and most of the Lamborghini we’ve known since the Diablo VT, the Huracán will feature all-wheel drive as standard. Lamborghini wields it as one of its advantages when it comes to offering maximum traction, either after passing the apex of a curve or on a thrown exit.
We will tell you another secret. The Hurricane makes a constant distribution on both axes, although in normal conditions the distribution in the rear axle is greater, in a ratio of 70% compared to 30% of the front axle. In practice, we will let a central hydraulic clutch and the electronics that control it – an important advance over the Gallardo’s viscous coupling – take care of automatically adjusting the traction distribution to get us out of trouble or to win on the circuits, in the tenth , to our rear-wheel drive rivals.
We don’t have to tell you that if you provoke it, this Hurricane will unleash its winds by crossing sideways at every curve.
You will be with me, for sure, that an all-wheel drive system as effective as the one in this Huracán is an insurance policy for using your supercar every day, whether it be sunny or it rains – in which case, don’t just worry about power, but also because of the rollers that your car fits. But a ten-cylinder vee engine and an all-wheel drive system mean increased weight and the kilograms in a supercar are a drag on performance.
Lamborghini could not afford to repeat the Aventador concept, a very expensive carbon fiber monocoque to produce, something very difficult – if not impossible – to offer in a sports car of as much volume as expected from the Huracán. Hence they opted for a rather interesting idea, take up the concept of Audi’s Aluminum Space Frame and spice it up by replacing certain parts with carbon fiber, which are complex to produce but not as complex as a full monohull.
The result is also appreciated in the structural rigidity, much higher than that of the Gallardo. Which means, among other things, that we can subject it to much higher lateral forces, push it to limits unattainable for its predecessor.
We can tell you that the hurricane’s structure weighs no more than 200 kilograms, that the weight distribution is 42:58 and that its empty weight is 1,422 kilograms. We are talking about figures similar to those of a Ferrari 458 Italia, rear-wheel drive, with two fewer cylinders and only 570 hp. In fact, the Huracán offers a weight to power ratio of 2.33 kilograms / hp, more favorable than the 2.42 kilograms / CV of the 458 Italia.
Surely the last thing you expect from a Lamborghini is a steering feel that does not convey to you what happens under those rollers that it carries for wheels. But maybe we should give this Huracán a chance, which will debut an electromechanical rack and pinion system with a fairly sporty 16.2: 1 ratio. There’s still more. Optionally we can reserve it with Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) a variable gear ratio system that allows us to vary the ratio between 9: 1 and 17: 1, that is, it is perfect for entering the garage or maneuvering between carts in the supermarket and highly precise in a trackday.
I really like the detail of the huge paddles that you ride behind the wheel. It is so sad to admit it as it happened, but my first contact with a Lamborghini on the track – Gallardo to be exact – was somewhat frustrating, my struggle to find the little cams of the Gallardo to get to the corner with the job done and once again find them to get out of the turn fully and start engaging gears at a hellish pace, since very few sports cars go up laps as fast as a V10 from Lamborghini. That was my first time …
- Motor 5,204 cm3 atmospheric
- Power 610 CV @ 8,250 rpm
- Maximum torque 560 Nm @ 6,500 rpm
- Weight / power ratio 2.33 kg / CV
- Top speed 325 km / h
- 0 to 100 km / h 3.2 seconds
As standard, the Lamborghini Huracán will have 20 ”wheels and carbon-ceramic brake discs.. The standard tire is a Pirelli P Zero, a range developed specifically for the Huracán, measuring 245/30 at the front and 305/30 at the rear.
It is clear that Lamborghini wanted to make a brutal sports car, but very practical on a day-to-day basis. Another sample we have in the fact that optionally we can also configure it with a adaptive damping system, using a magneto-rheological device, a technology typical of luxury sedans that recently has also become the essence of new generation sports cars.
All these systems will be governed by he ANIME by Lamborghini, which in addition to meaning the soul – in Italian – is the acronym for Adaptive Network Intelligent Management. The Lamborghini will have a kind of manettino on the steering wheel – like that of its Ferrari neighbors – that will allow it to play with Strada, Sport and Corsa modes, adapting the throttle valves, the exhaust flaps, the gearbox. LDF, stability control, suspensions and steering, to the type of driving that we are going to practice.
The Lamborghini Huracán also has its geek point, it would be missing more. The entertainment equipment and the dashboard have been merged into a 12.3 ”screen that you will see behind the wheel, with the latest technology in graphics and processing. It will seem silly to you – it seems very curious to me – but Lamborghini thought that since the needle of the tachometer is going to move so fast when we accelerate at full speed, they would need a graphics system that supports 60 frames per second – at the height of the latest game consoles generation like the Playstation 4 – so that the movement of the needle is homogeneous. Everything is thought …
At Lamborghini they are still stubborn that their sports cars are authentic fighter planes prepared to fly over the road. The latest gadget released by the Hurricane is the Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale, which in addition to sounding very good in Italian, consists of three accelerometers and three gyroscopes distributed by the car to calculate the movements of the vehicle in real time and lateral, horizontal and vertical acceleration, rolling, pitching and skidding, so that the control unit determines in tenths of a second how the different electronic systems should act, especially the central differential and the stability control.
Although the Lamborghini Huracán already comes with all the essential equipment as standard, Lamborghini still leaves room to add some extras that may not be bad for you. Optional equipment in addition to variable steering LDS and adaptive suspensions, it will also include a parking assistant with rear camera, seats comfort with more settings and heating, 3D navigation, a transparent engine cover with a carbon fiber-lined compartment, special wheels and a permanent tire pressure monitoring system.