HAIL HURACAN!

K Shivraj 
Sunday, 2 July 2017

Engineered to raise its nose by 40mm when negotiating less than ideal surfaces, the Lamborghini Huracan Coupe is a super performer and a beautiful piece of design.

Replacing the Gallardo, the Huracan is reflective of the latest technology that is finding its way into Lamborghini. Perhaps lacking the visual theatre of some of the previous models, the Countach especially, the Huracan is low slung and has a ground-hugging stance.

The cutting-edge aluminium and carbon-fibre core claimed to be 50 per cent stiffer than the Gallardo, the Huracan turns heads like any other blue-blooded supercar. The wedge-shaped appearance of the supercar is defined by a rather purposeful and aggressive looking front with two big air dams and slim horizontal head lamps.

A beautiful piece of design, the Huracan rides on nicely crafted 20-inch dia wheels, and the air scoop behind the window, and at the bottom, draw attention. The 5204cc, direct injection V10 petrol engine of the supercar is mid-mounted and  produces a whopping 602bhp at 8250rpm, and a peak torque of 560Nm at 6500rpm. Power is fed to all four wheels through a 7-speed, twin-clutch system. Achieving a 43:57 front and rear weight distribution, the supercar flaunts four exhausts at the outer edges. They emphasise the car’s width. An intricate honeycomb grille mesh picks up on a hexagonal theme that runs throughout the car. 

Aeronautical theme
The extrovert shape producing 50 per cent more downforce than the Gallardo, the Huracan does not resort to using a big rear wing or jutting chin spoiler. Sharing a good deal with the Audi R8, it calls for an amount of exercise to lower into the driver’s seat. It feels like sitting on the floor, akin to sitting in a go-kart! However, unlike the simple environment of a go-kart, the Huracan continues the aeronautical theme from the Aventador with a fighter jet-style flick-up cover for the ignition button. Then, there are the toggle switches.

The vents too seem inspired by fighter jet intakes. Most controls, including the head lamp and indicator switches, have been moved to the steering wheel. The 12.3-inch virtual cockpit has a screen replacing conventional dials, and can be configured in a variety of ways to show speed and revs, as well as sat-nav and audio information. Displaying supercar class build standards, the Huracan’s floating centre console design frees up useful cubby space behind it. 

0 to 100kph in 3.2 secs
Engineered to raise its nose by 40mm when negotiating less than ideal surfaces, the Huracan simply leaps ahead with a firm push of the throttle.

Delivering incredible acceleration, along with a deep, growling soundtrack, the supercar is exceedingly quick. An initial surge of power is accompanied by a one long, sustained, seamless pull. Claimed to clock 0 to 100kph in 3.2 secs, the Huracan achieves a top speed of 325kmph. If a faster, almost seamless, double-clutch auto transmission setup with paddles contributes to the blistering performance on an open road, the supercar, with its gearbox in auto and the suspension in its softest setting, feels quite compliant and easier to drive. 

The magnetorheological damper control system is so good that it also contributes to the Huracan’s easy-to-drive quality. The electric steering is accurate and weighs up nicely with speed. The all-wheel drive offers a vice-like grip. Pushed into corners, the supercar tends to understeer rather than have the rear step-out. The standard carbon-ceramic brakes provide immense stopping power. Priced at Rs 3.43 crore, ex-showroom Delhi, the Lamborghini Huracan has powered seats and nose lift function adds a practical edge and enhances the car’s ability to be driven every day, but the highlight is clearly the looks and the exceptionally strong performance.

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