This is the best Lamborghini. That is, it’s the best one if you enjoy driving your super car everyday. The Aventador is louder, there were over 14,000 examples of the Gallardo sold, and the Miura is one of the all time greats.
It’s the Huracan, however, that is the best representation of everything Lamborghini has learned to date about making a car go fast… and do so very well.
You could put a lot of that knowledge gleaned on the shoulders of the Audi camp, but you’d be selling the Italians short a bit. The under-skin technology powering the wonderful gauge display and making sure all of the buttons actually work when pressed is zee work of zee Germans, no doubt. The noise, fury, passion, and thrill, however, are 100% made in Italy.
You might protest and say the Aventador should be the pinnacle car for the brand. It is, if you like cruising loudly in a straight line, punishing understeer, and Silicon Valley-approved doors. I’m not hating on that, as I too love muscle cars… which is what the Aventador truly is (Not counting the new Super Veloce, from what I hear).
The Huracan is a proper go-fast car though. It relishes corners, looks forward to steering input, and encourages canyon hooliganism. The all-wheel-drive system is rear biased, the steering response is immediate (almost to a fault actually), and the engine loves to be pressed deep into its rev counter.
The 610-horsepower Huracan is a vast improvement over the Gallardo, which is a car that got steadily better as its long lifespan crept forward. It’s a Lamborghini that does the greatest job of mixing top tech from its Audi siblings and blending it into the world of an Italian exotic. The switch gear looks familiar yet feels more adventurous. The seats are aggressively styled yet surprisingly comfortable. You can’t see anything out the back but… well, that’s just how it is and it’s a Lamborghini thing for sure.
What Lamborghini has created in the Huracan is a car that toes the line between daily driver and insane-o super machine. It doesn’t lose its edge by playing to the luxury and comfort side of the equation, in fact by doing so you have a vehicle that represents everything a modern super car should be.
Some may long for the days when you have to sacrifice something to gain something else. Be it comfort, reliability, or visibility, you had to do away with one of those to get the greatest driving experience on the planet. Now you only have to part with a large chunk of your cash… and that’s never going to change. At least now you’re a bit more comfortable even if your bank account is missing six figures.
[Disclaimer: Lamborghini tossed me the keys to the Huracan for a few days. They picked it up while it was parked in the first valet spot outside of Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach…]