The Lamborghini Huracán (Spanish for “hurricane”; [uɾaˈkan]) is a sports car built by Lamborghini, replacing Lamborghini’s sales leader and most produced car, the Gallardo. The Huracán made its auto show debut at the March 2014 Geneva Auto Show, and was released in the second quarter of 2014. The name of the Huracan LP 610-4 comes from the fact that this car has 610 horsepower and 4 wheel drive. The Huracán was named “The Supercar of the Year 2014” by car magazine Top Gear.
Huracán LP 610-4 Coupe (2014–present)
Changes from Gallardo included full LED illumination, a 12.3 inch full-colour TFT instrument panel, Fine Nappa leather and Alcantara interior upholstery, redesigned dashboard and central tunnel, Iniezione Diretta Stratificata (IDS, essentially an adapted version of parent Audi’s Fuel Stratified Injection) direct and indirect gasoline injections, engine Stop & Start technology, EU6 emissions regulation compliance, Lamborghini Doppia Frizione (LDF) 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with 3 modes (STRADA, SPORT and CORSA), 20 inch wheels, carbon-ceramic brake system, optional Lamborghini Dynamic Steering variable steering system and MagneRide electromagnetic damper control.
The vehicle was unveiled at the March 2014 Geneva Motor Show, and deliveries began in the second quarter of 2014. The Huracán is comparable to the McLaren 650S and the Ferrari 458 Speciale (as well as its successor, the 488 GTB).
The price of the Huracán with extra options added reaches to over US$320,000, or £200,000. The base price for the Huracán in the United States is US$241,945, and around £180,720 in the UK. Extra options that increase the price of the car include interior enhancements, special paint schemes, improved suspension, and a lifting system, as well as multiple components optionally available in carbon fiber, rather than aluminium. Taiwan models went on sale for NT$15,080,000.
In early 2015, the Huracán appeared on the motoring magazine Top Gear. It got a neutral review from Richard Hammond who said that it was too tame to be a “proper Lamborghini.” However, it got around the Top Gear test track in 1:15.8 which is faster than any other Lamborghini to go around the track to date, including the Aventador.
Huracán LP 640-4 Performante (2017-present)
A performance variant of the Huracán, called the Performante, was observed in October 2016, at the Nürburgring track. The car would later be shown in its full production form at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
The Huracán Performante appears to have an extensive change in body design. The biggest changes come from the front and rear bumpers. Carbon fibre is used for the bumpers skirts, and the new rear spoiler. The position of the exhausts have changed, just a bit above the rear diffuser. The interior has also changed with a new seat design and a new digital speedometer (similar to that of the Aventador SV’s speedometer).
The Performante’s 5.2-liter V10 will now put out 631 hp (471 kW; 640 PS) at 8000 rpm and 443 lb·ft (601 N·m) of torque at 6500 rpm. The weight has also decreased by 40 kg (88 lb), thanks to the forged aluminium and forged carbon fibre body (first used in the Sesto Elemento) and hollow parts. There are also forged carbon fibre parts used on the new rear spoiler, front splitter, and rear diffuser, and these all have active individual aerodynamic elements on them to help the car during movement. The vehicle is capable of doing 0-62 mph (0–100 km/h) in 2.9 seconds, 62-124 mph (100–200 km/h) in 6 seconds and with a top speed at limited around 202 mph (325 km/h). And theorical at 218 mph (351 km/h).
The car has been stiffened by 10% with new springs, roll bars, and radial & axial arm brushings. The magneto-rheological suspension has been reworked to give a driver a serious track experience. The Lamborghini Dynamic Steering has been re-calibrated. The Huracán now also has Lamborghini’s new ALA (Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva) system, which is said to be 80% lighter than regular sports car hydraulic systems. According to Lamborghini, ALA is also said to provide 750% more downforce than the regular Huracán. The price of the car is set at US$274,390.
In October 2016, the Performante set a lap time of 6:52.01 on the Nürburgring Nordschleife,with Marco Mapelli behind the wheel, making it the world’s fastest production car around the track. This lap was also made on Marco Mapelli’s first attempt. However, some critics have stated complaints around the car’s lap time, from the official video being sped up to make the lap believable, to the speeds displayed in the video being false or that it did not use road tires. However, Lamborghini was able to prove that the lap the Performante did was fully legitimate exactly a week after the lap around the Nordschleife when they revealed the data to car website, Road & Track. Máté Petrany of R&T had met with lead engineer of Lamborghini, Maurizio Reggiani, to ask about the lap. It was then revealed by Reggiani that the Performante’s active aerodynamic system called Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva is what gives the car the greatest improvement in lap time. It is said by Lamborghini that on ALA’smost aggressive setting, 750% more downforce is created compared to the standard LP 610-4. What is more important is the spoilers snapping into their lowest-drag setting when the Performante is aimed forward, which results in the removal of acceleration impediment that big aero causes.