2016 Lamborghini Huracan: Review

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceItalian Job
As with every job, some days are simply better than others — and any day an exotic Italian sports car shows up at your door is definitely one of the good ones. We had the opportunity to spend a few amazing days with the newest Lamborghini: the Huracan 580-2. This sleek, red sports car turns heads wherever it goes with incredible styling and a roaring V10 powerplant. Competitors to the Huracan include the Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Audi R8 V10 Plus, Bentley Continental GT Speed, Chevrolet Corvette Z01 and Dodge Viper. Our test vehicle featured a navigation system, black brake calipers, a rearview camera with parking sensors, a lifting system, contrast stitching and Bluetooth connectivity for a total price of $221,495.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceWhat We Like
It almost goes without saying, but if you prefer to drive under the radar (figuratively AND literally) the Huracan is not the car for you. It is so low and wide with big air intakes and massive exhaust pipes at the rear that it immediately grabs attention. The fact that our test car was painted in Rosso Mars (bright red) certainly added to the rubbernecking. Many of the onlookers this car attracted didn’t even know what it was — they simply hadn’t seen anything like it before. You don’t need to tell people that the Huracan is a 200 mph supercar — one look confirms what this machine is all about.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceExtreme Performance
Built primarily from aluminum and carbon fiber, the Huracan weighs just over 3,000 pounds. With 580 horsepower coming from its 5.2-liter V10 engine, the power to weight ratio provides exhilarating performance. Lamborghini claims Huracan’s sprint to 60 mph is under 3.5 seconds, and based on our experience it is at least that fast. This quick lesson in motivation is further aided by a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox with almost instantaneous gear changes. It’s a great feeling to drive around knowing that there really isn’t any situation in which you won’t have enough power to overtake or get out of the way as quickly as you like.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFantastic Handling
We also know this isn’t a big surprise, but the Huracan does more than go fast in straight line. With big, grippy Pirelli P-Zero tires, a wide stance and a very low center of gravity, the Huracan takes corners flat and fast. There are three drive settings available: Strada, Sport and Corsa — each allowing different levels of extreme driving before the stability and traction control systems kick in. On a few occasions at full throttle the traction control light flashed, but for our drive the Huracan was never out of control. Honestly, we never used the highest-performance Corsa setting — although tempted, we’re simply too responsible to examine the limits of a 580-horsepower rear-wheel-drive vehicle — that doesn’t belong to us — on public roads.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceV10 Roar
Sure, there are some electric cars that can boast performance figures similar to the Lamborghini, but there’s no replacing that throaty exhaust note of a big V10 powerplant. Not only does it turn heads and put smiles on the faces of any enthusiast within earshot, that sound is an important part of the whole supercar experience. Hearing the V10 roar right behind your head as you pass 8000 rpm increases the heartrate almost as much as the accompanying speed. Then let off the gas and the resultant popping and burbling sounds just as good.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceEasy to Drive
Almost as impressive as its high-performance capability is this Italian exotic’s usability: Huracan is pleasant to drive in everyday situations. Motoring through a neighborhood at 30 mph or even getting stuck in stop and go traffic is not an issue for this modern-day supercar. The ride is smooth, the seats are comfortable and aside from wanting to use all that power all the time, the drive is easy.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceGood Visibility
Although an engine cover blocks most of the view directly behind the driver, Huracan has surprisingly large rearview mirrors that provide excellent visibility. The optional rearview camera makes parking easy, and even though Huracan rides very low the nose can be raised to avoid scraping it on steep inclines or driveway aprons.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceInside
Lamborghini designed the Huracan’s cabin to evoke the feeling of a fighter jet and they nailed it. The pushbutton start has a red cover that must be lifted to engage the V10 — much as you’d expect to see on a missile-launching switch in a fighter. The unique switches also have that same high-tech appearance. Seats are comfortable with firm side bolsters to hold you in place during high-speed turns. The cabin’s climate gets adjusted via a set of independent, intuitive controls; audio, navigation, phone and other features are controlled via a separate interface.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceGauge Cluster
The Huracan’s digital gauge cluster can be configured in multiple ways. A central tachometer anchors the cluster along with a gear readout, while the right side can be set to display audio information, a navigation map or a rearview camera as needed. Trip computer information can be displayed as well.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceWhat We Don’t Like
Don’t misconstrue the following points — we loved spending time in the Huracan, but there are some things that would continue to annoy us even as owners. We understand that some may think it sacrilege to put a cupholder in a Huracan — after all you should be driving, not drinking — but it would be handy to have a place to put a bottle of water or even a phone. A small storage tray behind the center console fits a smartphone; however, the first time we took an entrance ramp at speed the phone went flying.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFutzy Turn Signals
In defiance of nearly every car on the road, Lamborghini put the Huracan’s turn signal switch on the steering wheel. Slide to the left for a left signal, right for a right signal. Push the switch to turn a signal off. Sure this is very simple, but after decades of using a stalk on the steering column to activate signals it can be difficult to remember the new location of the switch. When activating the signal it was also difficult to know if the switch had been moved far enough without visually checking the indicators in the dashboard.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceHard to Drive Slowly
We’ve already said the Huracan is very easy to drive at neighborhood speeds or even in stop and go traffic, but it takes all types of mental gymnastics to keep from driving this car WAY too fast all of the time. Cruising along at 45 mph in seventh gear is fine, except that you feel guilty wasting the Huracan’s abilities — all you really want to do is hit the paddle shifter a few times, drop the Huracan into third gear and put your foot down, even if only for a few seconds. Granted, this is no fault of the car’s — when you’re in a Lambo, you simply want to drive fast.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceRating: 9.5
The Huracan is awesome in myriad ways. It has the sexy looks, fantastic exhaust note and extreme performance expected of a supercar. At the same time it’s comfortable and easy to drive. If it didn’t attract so much attention it might even make a reasonable daily driver. So if you’re in the market for a sports car with these qualities as well as a reasonable price of around $200,000 (reasonable, of course, being a relative term), the Huracan makes an excellent option to quench your thirst for speed. Continue on for more Lamborghini Huracan images.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan

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