First Drive: 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4

 

I just checked an item off my automotive bucket list.

For the longest time, I’ve told my friends and family that, if I suddenly inherited all the money in the world, the first purchase I’d make would be a Lamborghini – a bright-green one.

I love the brand’s in-your-face design, popularity amongst guys from Lil’ Wayne to Bruce Wayne, and the cars’ generally wild, obnoxious reputation in today’s pop culture. That probably says something about me, but whatever. Truthfully, there’s nothing else like a Lambo. Parked next to one, anything else looks like a relative gentleman’s car.

So, when Lamborghini invited me to drive back to Spain – to the track where we had just reviewed the McLaren 650S – I cancelled every other plan in my calendar. For the first time ever, I’d be united with my favorite brand in the world. And we’d start with its second go at the V10: the 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4.

The softer side of the razor’s edge

In Lamborghini’s two-car lineup, the Huracán (pronounced Ur-uh-cahn, rolling your ‘r’) replaces the V10 Gallardo, a car known to many as the ‘little Lambo.’

Thanks to a mid-cycle modernization and a series of special editions, the Gallardo never looked old, even 10 years into production, leading it to become the best-selling Lamborghini of all time. The Huracán, however, looks absolutely stunning.

The design formula hasn’t changed much here, and the car still draws its inspiration from the original hard-lined Countach, may she rest in peace. It’s still very low to the ground, very short up front, and very long in rear.

There’s an emphasis on where the engine belongs in a car – behind you – so it’s no surprise that the Huracán is all cabin and engine bay, and little else. And lord, is it angular.

If you can find a curve in the sheet metal (aside from the wheel wells), I’ll give you a dollar. None exist. The designers even encouraged us to play a game of ‘count the hexagons,’ because the shape has been used dozens of times all over the car. Even the gas cap cover is hexagonal.

Even so, the Huracán doesn’t appear as razor-sharp as the Aventador, and I still haven’t exactly figured out why. It’s almost as if the folks at Lamborghini polished some of the edges out of this gem.

They’re not rounded, but there’s something that looks nipped and tucked here, in a way that makes the car look a little more sleek, and a little less like you’ll cut yourself by touching it the wrong way.

Inside, the Huracán continues to make use of switchgears for many of the controls, much like a fighter jet. It also gains the flip-switch start button from the Aventador, giving a little more gravitas to the process of starting the car.

You’ll also find hexagons aplenty inside, from the air vents and steering wheel, to the HVAC controls and new 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster. That cluster is especially attractive, thanks to its sharp colors and ability to customize the display. If you want to see traditional gauges, fine. Performance stats? Sure. Navigation information? Definitely. Or, you can just toss everything up on the screen at once. Getting there can be a bit of challenge, though.

The seats are covered in Alcantara, and the dash and door panels are covered in leather, though Lamborghini will allow you to customize those surfaces if you’re willing to pay a little extra.

One thing that did catch me off guard was the extensive use of plastic inside, though. You could just as easily find the air vents and center console materials in a Chevy Camaro, which left me a little disappointed with a car that competes with carbon fiber-clad alternatives. The parts are attractive, though, so we can overlook them as the car’s single shortcoming.

Substance matches style

The Huracán is technically the only car in its class to offer a V10, if we’re not counting the Gallardo-based Audi R8, which uses a detuned version of the same engine.

In the Lamborghini, the naturally aspirated engine produces 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. And it’s coupled to an all-wheel-drive system through seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

That’ll get the Huracán from 0 to 60 in right at 3.0 seconds flat, and to 124 mph in less than 10 seconds to a top speed of 202. Those numbers place the car squarely in the game with other mid-rear engine cars like the Ferrari 458 Italia and the McLaren 650S, though the Lamborghini is the only to offer traction to all four tires.

Put simply, it’s so fast that your body won’t be able to tell the difference between it and anything else in the segment; you’ll be too busy trying to peel yourself out of the seat instead.

And, that V10 sounds incredible. It screams to its 8,500 rpm redline, and the exhaust barks, crackles, and pops between shifts, especially in Sport and Corsa modes. The Strada setting tames the entire machine for daily driving, and there’s credit due to how sedate the car becomes when you allow it. But seriously, don’t allow it. The noises the exhaust makes are a victory all on their own; people deserve to know that you’re coming down the road.

Thanks to its all-wheel-drive system, the Huracán feels grippier than anything else like it. Three weeks ago when I tackled Ascari raceway in the 650S, I was convinced that I had discovered tires that stuck to the pavement like glue. However, I now also realize that there are different kinds of glue in this world. The McLaren is Elmer’s. The Lamborghini is Gorilla.

I hit the track with one of Lambo’s professional drivers, where he led me around the track in my Huracán, while he piloted an Aventador.

“If you push me, I will go faster,” he said. And man, did I push him. I pushed him to the edge of my own driving skills, but the car wanted more.

It’s a brilliant machine, that Huracán, and it inspires a level of driving confidence that other cars can’t — I was three seconds faster around the track than I ever was in the McLaren, because the Lamborghini can simply tackle corners more aggressively.

Terrifying, but incredible.

Scotch bonnet, not vanilla

Perhaps my favorite part about driving the 2015 Huracán was the fact that anywhere I arrived, I arrived there in a Lamborghini. Men, women, and children all recognized the car, recognized the name, and assumed that I had accomplished more than a journalism degree from an SEC school.

They took photos of the Huracán, and photos of me getting out of it, just in case they had spotted some young, slightly overweight American celebrity. I’m OK with that.

There’s something remarkably special and undeniably exotic about the car, making it one machine that deserves its Skittles-flavored palette of color choices.

Any Lamborghini is destined to be the loudest, most obnoxious choice amongst it competitors, but the Huracán is also surprisingly refined and surprisingly drivable, even on bumpy city streets. Add to that its look-at-me design, drool-worthy exhaust note, and blistering performance, and you’ve got a car that valets well, drives better, and races best.

Sure, the Huracán may have a few of its own woes, but so does everything else in its quarter-million-dollar price range. The Ferrari isn’t terribly comfortable, and the McLaren feels significantly more Spartan inside. But a purchase like this isn’t focused on buying the car that does everything perfectly.

Rather, buying a supercar is about making a decision steeped in passion, a decision that reflects your personality. The 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 just happens to shout how awesome you feel, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

You better get in line quickly, though, because the queue for this bucket list purchase is already two years long.