Short-Drive: 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4
One Small Lamborghini, One Large Storm.
By: Anthony Fongaro | February 2016
Lamborghini likes to take their time when they replace their cars. Up to 2014, their baby supercar was the Gallardo which debuted a full 10 years earlier! Trying to keep up with the times, Lamborghini eventually had to replace the Gallardo. What came about is the vehicle I had for my Short-Drive. The entire name for this car is the Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4. Want to know what all of those numbers and letters mean? Keep reading to find out.
Before we get to what LP610-4 means, let us start with the supercar styling. The main competition, the Ferrari 458 Italia/488GTB, uses a combination of curves and aerodynamics to make others envious. What Lamborghini seemed to do was chisel the Huracán out of a block of aluminum and carbon fibre. Although the design is more of an evolution of the Gallardo, the Huracán is still a handsome car. You will turn heads every time you park.
Opening up the conventional doors reveals a jet-inspired interior. Notice the switches, the biggest switch being for the giant Engine Start/Stop button. If you didn’t know this car was Italian, all you have to do is look at the fuel and oil pressure gauges which are in Lamborghini’s native tongue. Surprisingly for a supercar, the seats are quite comfortable.
To operate the Huracán, there are buttons on the steering wheel for the turn indicators, windshield wipers, and other functions. Sound familiar? Yes, the Huracán’s steering wheel has basically the same functions as every current Ferrari. On the bottom of the steering wheel is a switch that controls the car’s throttle, suspension, and traction control.
Back to all the letters and numbers after the name. Since you are curious, “LP” is how the engine is positioned, 610 is the metric power the 5.2-litre V10 engine produces (which is 602 hp), the dash is a dash and the 4 is for AWD. Despite the fancy numbers and big engine, the Huracán is surprisingly docile. All of this goes through a quick shifting seven-speed automated manual. Zero becomes 60 mph in an astounding 2.5 seconds but you wouldn’t know it driving around town. My top speed was around 52 mph yet the Huracán didn’t complain about the low speeds.
At one point, the car was stuck in traffic waiting for a train and other than every car gawking at the $240,000 car, it felt like being in any other car. Speaking of train tracks, there is an essential switch that raises the car up so it doesn’t scrape when going over said train tracks.
As a supercar, the Huracán is extremely easy to drive. You can feel the road as you turn and the car hunkers down once getting to the speed limit. If you were to drive this daily, the V10 seems to be more muted than the V8 in the Ferrari 458 Italia. Stomp on the loud pedal and the V10 gives a deep bellow and a swift kick in the back.
Drawbacks? Just a few. The navigation system is quite small and difficult to operate. As with current Ferraris, future owners have to re-work their muscle memory when they want to operate the turn indicators and other functions.
Lamborghini had 10 years to update the Gallardo and they did a great job with the Huracán. It has a more modern interior and transmission which makes driving it in the suburbs as easy as driving a Volkswagen GTI.
Disclaimer:Midwest Motorsin Lake Zurich, IL was gracious enough to let me do a Short Drive of a 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4.
Midwest Motors is located at 540 Cortland Drive, Lake Zurich, IL 60047.
Images courtesy of Midwest Motors.