The Lamborghini Huracan is a flamboyantly styled supercar with performance that matches its looks

The Lamborghini Huracan might lack the visual theatre of some of the previous models to come out of Sant'Agata – it’s no Countach – but it has the potential to turn heads like any self-respecting supercar.

That it shares much in common with the Audi R8 hardly seems to matter, especially when the beating heart of a 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine is sat behind the seats. It feels every inch a Lamborghini, even if it’s only the final assembly that takes place at Lamborghini’s factory.

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Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 Coupe

The Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 had a pretty tough job on its hands when it launched in 2014, as the successor to the marque’s most popular car ever, the Gallardo.

The Huracan’s predecessor sold over 14,000 copies over its 10-year lifespan, so as you’d expect the VW Group-owned supercar maker did little to change the basic formula of its replacement. Which means the Huracan is an affordable – well, relatively speaking! – two-passenger mid-engined supercar, with a meaty V10 nestled behind the seats, and a four-wheel drive chassis designed to provide as much reassurance and grip on the road as you have a right to expect when unleashing 600bhp+ onto unsuspecting tarmac. In case you’re wondering, the LP 610 in the Huracan’s name refers to its metric horsepower rating, while the -4 denotes the four-wheel drive system.

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If the standard coupe is not enough of a thrill, Lamborghini offers the Huracan for sale in a variety of alternative configurations including the Huracan Spyder roadster model, and slightly less powerful but more driver-focused two-wheel drive variants of both the Spyder and Coupe – badged Huracan LP 580-2. There’s also the range-topping Huracan Performante which has active aerodynamics and more hard-core chassis set-up to support its uprated 631bhp output and increased performance.

All the Huracan engines are normally-aspirated variations on Audi’s 5.2-litre V10, and the model was launched with a brand new aluminium and carbon-fibre chassis. With performance to match its wild looks, even the ‘slowest’ Huracan 0-60mph time is barely over three and a half seconds, while the minimum Huracan top speed of 198mph ensures the entry-level Lamborghini will rarely be embarrassed in a game of Top Trumps.

The Huracan is fast and loud, but the 4WD model isn't as good in corners as the 2WD model
Anyone considering a Huracan is unlikely to be concerned about fuel and tax bills
Striking styling, beautiful build quality and an array of gadgets make the Huracan a pleasure to play with
Even though it looks extreme, the Huracan is a surprisingly usable and accessible choice for a supercar
If you don't want an Audi R8, the Huracan matches it for safety and reliability

New Lamborghini Huracan rear

The Lamborghini shares much more than its engine with the Audi R8, as most of the chassis and powertrain engineering is carried over too. It means the R8 must be counted as one of the key Huracan rivals, even though it’s cheaper and there’s no two-wheel drive option. (The R8 is also offered with V8 power, which isn’t a Lamborghini option.) The other rivals for the Huracan are either mid-engined supercars like the McLaren 570S, Honda NSX and Ferrari 488 GTB, or four-wheel drive coupes like the Porsche 911 Turbo, Jaguar F-Type SVR or Nissan GT-R Nismo.

Huracan buyers might also be tempted by luxury front-engined GT cars like the Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Mercedes-AMG GT S, Maserati GranTurismo and Ferrari California.

Last updated: 
16 Mar, 2018