WE JUST LIVED A MOTORING ENTHUSIAST’S DREAM – WE BROUGHT A LAMBORGHINI HURACAN HOME, PARKED IT IN OUR GARAGE AND DROVE IT FOR A FEW DAYS. THE KIDS SCREAMED WITH DELIGHT, THE NEIGHBOURS CAME IN FOR A LOOK-SEE AND EVERY TIME THE V10 ENGINE ERUPTED INTO LIFE HEADS TURNED IN OUR DIRECTION.
“You must be the only bloke in Australia who drives a Lamborghini wearing a Cronulla Sharks hoodie and track pants from the surf shop,” a mate joked. Possibly so, but Lamborghini offered TMR the car, not a voucher to buy from Lamborghini Melbourne’s merchandise range (which included an un-assembled Aventador model for $1500!).
These days then must be what it’s like to own a Supercar... hey, we could get used to this!
Vehicle Style: Sports Coupe
Price: $390,000 (plus on-road charges)
Engine/trans: 5.2-litre 10cyl petrol | 7sp automatic
Fuel Economy Claimed: 11.9l/100kms | Tested: 14.2l/100kms
‘Our’ Lamborghini was the Huracan LP 580-2 - that’s ‘580’ as in horsepower (or 427kW) and ‘2’ as in two-wheel-drive (the rears of course). This is the more ‘pure’ version of the AWD Huracan LP 610-4 - still with the killer looks and Herculean mid-mounted naturally-aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine.
As the name suggests, the AWD Huracan with 610hp (449kW) has a smidge more power but it’s also 32kgs heavier. The rear-drive Lamborghini LP 580-2 runs steel brakes (carbon-ceramic for the LP 610-4), unique 19-inch ‘Kari’ alloy wheels, a revised rear bumper and larger front air-intakes (for more front downforce, we’re told).
And when it comes to dollars, ‘our’ Lamborghini LP 580-2 carried a recommended retail price of $390,000 whereas you’ll need $428,000 for the AWD version.
Mind you, ‘our’ car had a few extras which lifted the sticker to $447,090 (plus on-road charges). A couple of the big-ticket items included a transparent bonnet with a ‘carbon forged’ engine bay ($10,100), the ‘Arancio Borealis’ metallic orange paint ($6,500), front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera ($5,700) and $5,100 for the ‘Bicolor sportive with leather' (orange inserts) interior.
- Standard features: Leather seats, leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel,
- Infotainment: Harman audio with DAB+ radio, CD/DVD, USB and SD card inputs, 20GB hard disc music storage and satellite navigation
Squint your eyes and you might detect a hint or two of Audi inside the Lamborghini Huracan - the buttons for the infotainment system for example (Harman supplies other Volkswagen Group brands) - but nevertheless this is one of the best sports-luxury fitouts you’ll find.
On one hand it’s race-car purposeful (note the array of switches atop the centre stack) but at the same time, the waft of leather is substantial - our car fitted with the optional ‘Sportivo’ bi-colour look seats ($5,100) and more smooth leather for the rooflining and A-pillars ($2,000).
And we hope you like the two floor mats with leather piping, contrast stitching and Huracan logos - a $1,000 option (that’s $500 each!).
The dashboard is a work of art and the driver sits behind a binnacle with a customizable 12.3-inch digital TFT screen - like Audi you can opt for large satellite navigation map or downsize it and still have bar graphs for engine temperature and fuel tank level. A large tachometer with an 8,500rpm redline is always displayed and the speedometer is digital.
The electrically-adjustable and heated seats look sublime, naturally you sit low and it’s a snug fit - we’d say a perfect driving position in fact .
Also works of art are the paddle-shift gear levers either side of the gorgeous flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel (height and reach adjustment of course).
Erm... luggage space... next question.
Oh, there is a flat cubicle on the centre console which just about fits a mobile phone and door pockets which can hold, say, sunglass cases and up-front, where the bonnet would be in a front-engine car, is a bin which might actually be smaller than the similar one in the Ferrari 488 (be thinking about shoebox size). And that’s it…not that we’re complaining.
ON THE ROAD
- Engine: 5.2-litre V10 (427kW @ 8000rpm 540Nm @ 6500rpm)
- Transmission: 7-sp dual-clutch automatic with sequential manual via paddle-shifters
- Suspension: Double wishbone front and rear
- Brakes: Ventilated discs front and rear
Lamborghini being Lamborghini, developing the Huracan LP 580-2 wasn’t just a matter of ditching the front differential and driveshafts from the LP 610-4. In fact there’s been substantial work done in the interests of ride/handling and driving dynamics.
Naturally the traction and stability controls were re-done (encouragingly we’re told to allow more throttle control in the ‘Sport’ and ‘Corsa’ modes), the optional active dampers have been re-tuned and the front springs and anti-roll bar are both around 10 percent softer than those on the AWD LP 610-4.
The answer to the question everyone asks about the Lamborghini Huracan (after “how much”) is 3.4 seconds... that’s the zero to 100km/h time naturally. For this sort of action you’ll need to select ‘Corsa’ on the drive mode switch (mounted on the steering wheel like F1 cars) - the other settings are ‘Strada’ (the default and most relaxed) and ‘Sport’.
Sitting idling, when you go from ‘Strada’ to ‘Sport’, there is an audible step-up in engine speed, but go to ‘Corsa’ and there is a ‘mini-explosion’ from the exhaust pipes to confirm you’re in the raciest mode on offer. We can assure you, even sitting in neutral, the exhaust sound from the Huracan is scrumptious.
So good, you can forget the 5.2-litre V10’s miniscule drop in power and torque compared to the AWD Huracan LP 610-4 (23kW/20Nm).
TMR's Tim O’Brien had flung a left-hand-drive Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 around the Phillip Island race circuit as part of the global media tour, but this time our test was purely on-road... you don’t get more ‘real-world’ than trundling down to the local milk bar in ‘your’ Lamborghini.
And the answer is, in ‘Strada’ and using the seven-speeder as a full-on automatic, the Huracan LP 580-2 gets a pass-mark as an everyday driver. While surprisingly smooth over road imperfections, we did find the restricted rear three quarter visibility a little challenging in peak-hour traffic.
But of course that’s not really what Lamborghinis are all about.
Swap to ‘Sport’, or ‘Corsa’, hit the ‘M’ button for manual gear changes and the LP 580-2 delivers the ‘Supercar’ trump card with gusto - the V10 screams into the upper end of its power band, gear-shifts are blink-of-the-eye stuff and acceleration is beyond astonishing.
Typically Italian ‘Supercar’, it’s all very loud and dramatic with massive bangs and pops and burbles from the exhaust system (yes even with a naturally-aspirated engine).
Steering response is predictably, brilliantly sharp - noticeably firmer in ‘Corsa’ mode - and don’t worry about rear-end grip as the 305/35 Z19 Pirelli P Zero tyres (specifically developed for this car) have plenty in reserve for most drivers.
Pressing-on hard through the twisty stuff, the LP 580-2 was typically Lamborghini-brutal when you nailed the throttle mid-corner - just how real drivers (those who eschew torque vectoring or electronic LSDs) like their Supercars to be. It’s this edginess which stamps Lamborghinis as totally different beasts to those from Ferrari and McLaren.
ANCAP Rating: Not tested by ANCAP
Safety Features: Dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, traction and stability control
WARRANTY AND SERVICING
Warranty: Three years/unlimited kilometres
Servicing: Service interval - 12 months
RIVALS TO CONSIDER
We reviewed the Ferrari 488 GTB only a few weeks ago, and it too was jaw-droppingly awesome. You’ll need $469,888 and plenty of patience for a 488 – the waiting list for delivery is long. Ferrari’s F1 history is part of the ownership mystique.
And while we haven’t ‘officially’ driven any of the McLaren range, we did take a spin around the block in a 650S owned by a mate. Technically brilliant, obviously, but McLaren perhaps lacks the ‘supermodel’ looks of the Lamborghini Huracan.
TMR VERDICT | OVERALL
Imagine you work in the product planning department at Lamborghini - every day as you drive through the streets of Sant’Agata Bolognese your mind must be racing about what exotic combinations of performance technology and luxury materials will be included in the next supercar you’re developing.
It must be like that because - and we’ve given this a lot of thought - there is not one thing we could suggest to make the Huracan better or more appealing.
No autonomous that or hybrid/electric thingies here... this is a pure unblemished high-performance supercar with a screaming V10 engine just centimeters behind your bonce and capable of delivering driving pleasure which in our experience is only matched by Lamborghini’s mates - erm, make that bitter rivals really - down the road in Maranello... yep that would be Ferrari.
And in our possibly romantic, old-school way of thinking, comparing Huracans, the LP 580-2 is just that little bit more ‘pure’ Lamborghini because it is rear-wheel-drive (after-all, Ferrari doesn’t make an AWD 488).
Sure opportunities to revel in the Lamborghini Huracan’s miraculous performance and precision cornering are rare, but every day when you open the garage doors and cast your eyes over this stupendously gorgeous, cutting-edge supercar... well our future dreams will be a smidge more realistic now because we did just that for a couple of days.
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