2015 Lamborghini Huracan Preview

2017
The Car Connection
2017
The Car Connection

The Car Connection Expert Review

The 2015 Lamborghini Huracan is the best Lamborghini we've ever driven, and a tremendous supercar.

Dramatic, unique, and always head-turning, Automobili Lamborghini’s supercars have captured the hearts of car-lovers for a half-century. Today’s Lamborghinis bear little resemblance to the originals, but the spirit remains. Nowhere is that more evident than in the newest Lamborghini, the 2015 Huracán LP 610-4.

Built to take the place of the Gallardo in Lamborghini’s modern two-car lineup, the Huracán sits below the Aventador in price, but not necessarily in performance or style. Sleek, smooth, and aerospace-inspired exterior lines pair with angular, aggressive vents and scoops to yield a look that’s at once futuristic and reminiscent of the legendary Countach’s wedge shape.

Inside, the cockpit looks more that of a fighter jet than a passenger car, with guarded switches and toggles laid out in a decidedly driver-centric system. The instrument panel is a single large LCD screen, displaying everything from navigation data to engine speed, temperature, and more, enhancing the modern, jet-like look. The dash is otherwise a simple affair, adorned with the Lamborghini logo.

Mounted just behind the two occupants sits the 5.2-liter V-10 engine, rated at 601 horsepower. Though it shares its core design with the engine found in the Gallardo, the vast majority of engine parts have been revised and redesigned to improve both power and free-revving characteristics, making the Huracán’s engine very responsive. Power is sent to all four wheels through a new electronically controlled center differential, a notable upgrade over the viscous center coupling of the Gallardo. The new differential allows power to be preemptively distributed around the car, with up to 50 percent of power flowing through the front wheels, though the static distribution is a 30:70 front-rear split.

Steering is electric, and while feel isn’t as good as you’ll find on some other high-end supercars, it’s accurate, and the available dynamic steering ratio provides quick, sporty input. On track, the Huracán is mostly balanced, exhibiting some power-on understeer, but largely doing precisely what the driver requests. Part of the magic of the Huracán’s dynamic behavior is a new set of magneto-rheological dampers that allow for dynamic adjustments, but an equal part of that magic is the Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale.

Using three accelerometers and three gyroscopes where most carmakers use only one gyroscope, the LPI system allows quicker, more precise readings of vehicle roll, yaw, and traction to improve the computer’s handling of the car’s trajectory. Three modes allow the driver to select from the very safe but conservative Strada, the more playful but still reserved Sport, or the track-worthy Corsa—which still provides a safety net should the car get truly out of shape.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Huracán isn’t its performance or its dramatic styling, but the way it blends those elements with daily driver comfort. The cabin, though low to the ground, is fairly spacious, with ample room for two occupants well over six feet tall. The seats are well bolstered and supportive, and visibility is excellent—as long as you’re looking forward or to the sides. Rearward visibility is nearly nil thanks to the louvered engine compartment cover. One other inconvenient aspect that can prove difficult in city maneuvering is the Huracán’s width: excluding the mirrors, the car is 75.75 inches wide. Cargo space is minimal in the Huracán, with a front trunk area holding little more than a daypack and a purse.

Despite some small impracticalities, the 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 is easily the best Lamborghini we’ve driven to date, suitable for both days at the track and weekends on the open road. If you’re in the market for a design-driven supercar, the Huracán should be the first stop on your list.

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