When it comes to looking for drama, panache, and emotion in a car, who else would the Gentleman Journalist turn to than the Italians? Those lovers of life, liberty, and pursuit of Sprezzatura!
Ahh, the Lamborghini Huracan—Webster’s Dictionary definition of statement car—really turns heads in jaded Los Angeles, but makes you feel like someone you are not. Taller, more famous, perhaps a Pop Star out for a night on the town.
But first, a history lesson, which can act as an allegory for making it in L.A. The story begans when a wealthy tractor manufacturer named Ferruccio Lamborghini found himself dissatisfied with the other fine Italian motorcars of his time (cough cough…Ferrari). As the legend goes, after a bit of a head butting with Enzo Ferrari himself, Ferruccio Lamborghini decides to set off to create the ultimate luxury sports car and show his rivals in Maranello how to build a proper road car.
In late 1963, Ferruccio set up shop less than an hour away in Sant’Agata Bolognese, named his company after his family name, and gave rise to a raging bull to compete against the infamous prancing horse. Ferruccio, like most up and coming stalwarts, decides to compete against those who slighted him and, what better car to show off that you’ve made it in L.A., than an Orange Huracan.
Turning the clock 52 years ahead and we get the latest “entry level” Lamborghini, the successor to the famed Gallardo. Fierce and angular, the Huracan invokes the ancient, monumental strength and gravity that embodies the Lamborghini name. The Arancio Borealis 4-layer orange has a cosmic depth—not unlike an orange glow of a late summer’s evening. The chassis consists of a carbon fiber and aluminum hybrid adorned with a similarly composed exterior.
The interior is artfully crafted with dark graphite leather and a nice orange stitching to match the exterior. Even the controls attack your inner adolescence with the aircraft inspired switching and bright red ignition guard, not to mention the three-position “Drive Select Mode” adjuster at the bottom of the steering wheel. The whole atmosphere sets the mood for the unadulterated Lamborghini experience. That said, I think the word Huracan is Italian for “Blind Spot” as you can’t see a damn thing out if the car, which I guess is the point. To be looked at, rather than to to look.
The Huracan is like a rolling Panopticon. To match its stage presence, the Huracan unleashes the full force of nature through a 5.2 liter normally aspirated V10 engine. While both Ferrari and McLaren have made the shift to turbo charging, thank the Mayan god of wind, fire, and rain for giving this bull the high revving heart it deserves, as truly there is no replacement for displacement.
With over 600 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque traveling through a 7-speed dual clutch transmission to all four wheels, acceleration and grip are nothing short of bonkers. When you start waving the red cape, the combination of power, grip, lightness, and rigidity bounds forward at an incomprehensible pace. To put that into perspective, 0-62 mph happens in 3.2 seconds, and if you keep your right foot planted for a full 10 seconds, you’ll be up over 125 mph. Holy Moly!
Contrary to the brands past history with models like the Countach, which were best experienced through a 12-year-old boy’s imagination, as opposed to actually getting behind the wheel, the drivability of the cars have come a long way. Despite the Hurcan’s ability to absolutely pin you against the seatback and side bolsters, when adopting a, how shall I put it, more mature driving style, the Huracan demonstrates its ability to be a rather good road car for around town. In fact, my wife didn’t yell at me to slow down at normal road speeds, the Hurcan was that quiet (you can thank the bosses at Audi, who own Lamborghini, for that).
Obviously it isn’t a GT car by any means, we are talking about a two seaterm mid-engined super car with a monstrous V-10 pushing it forward, but in the spirit of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s initial mission, the Huracan is more than a number shattering race car for the road.
None of this comes cheap, as the model I drove was bumping up on 300K, but you can’t put a price on vengeance, now can you?
•Aluminum/Carbon Hybrid frame
•Aluminum and carbon body panels
•Electromechanical power steering
•Brakes- 6-piston up front, 4 at rear
•5.2L 90 degree V-10
-449 KW- Over 600hp @8250 rpm
-412 lbft @ 6500
•AWD w/ electrohydraulic multi-plate clutch
•7 Speed LDF Dual clutch transmission
-shift characteristic variable with Drive Select Mode
•Top Speed: over 202 mph
•0-62mph: 3.2 sec
•0-124 mph: 9.9 sec
-It’s a lambo