$55,930 - that’s the total cost of the options list for this thundering orange 2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2. Sure, that’s a staggering amount of extra cash on top of the purchase price, but let’s forget that number for a moment and concentrate instead on the starting price.
You can saunter into a Lamborghini dealer and pocket the keys to the LP 580-2 Huracan for a starting price of $378,900, plus the usual on-road costs. That makes this the most affordable new Lamborghini currently on the market in the Australia. Said another way, it’s the cheapest new Lamborghini available in Australia.
Pricing is not its best feature though. The best thing about the RWD Huracan is that Lamborghini fans, car nuts, passersby and the general public could not care one iota about what it cost. To them, the Huracan is still an outrageous exhibition in rolling Italian artwork, a supercar only Lamborghini could have designed and executed – which is precisely the reason most people buy a Lamborghini in the first place.
So, if you do want a RWD Huracan, as mentioned above the starting price is $378,900 plus on-road costs. Added to that, our test example has the following eye-watering options added: Arancio Borealis paint ($6500), transparent engine bonnet with carbon forged engine bay ($10,100), style package ($2600), black painted calipers ($1800), lifting system ($5090), Lamborghini Dynamic Steering ($3500), cruise control ($1400), satellite navigation ($4680), electric and heated seats ($4060), front and rear parking sensors with rear view camera ($5700), Sportivo bi-colour interior with smooth leather ($5100), coloured stitching ($1000), branding package ($1400), roof lining and A-pillars in smooth leather ($2000), and floor mats with leather piping and double stitching ($1000).
Out of that long – and expensive – list, we’d suggest only the Arancio Borealis exterior paint colour is a must have. In the words of fellow CarAdvice tester Paul Maric, ‘if the paint colour of your Lambo is a no-cost option, you’re not doing it right’. The conversation came after we spotted a white Huracan on the street in Melbourne. White and black – unless its matte – have no place in the Lamborghini world. Yellow, orange, green, anything but boring stock colours please.
The glass engine lid is sexy, but won’t change the street presence factor, so maybe save that 10 grand as well, you won’t need satellite navigation because Lamborghini drivers always know where they are going, the dynamic steering system is excellent but you won’t need it unless you’re doing regular track days, but the parking sensors and rear-view camera is an absolute must with this car. It’s fair to say that at this end of the market, most buyers aren’t on too much of a hard budget either, so maybe the extensive options list isn’t an issue for buyers at all.
We know what the Huracan is capable of on-track. I’ve tested the AWD model at Sepang in Malaysia and it’s devastatingly fast, ridiculously easy to drive at speed and perhaps the most polished Lamborghini – in driving terms at least – that’s ever seen the light of day. Monday to Friday isn’t spent at a racetrack though, and in Australia at least, racetracks aren’t easy or cheap to access, so the majority of Lamborghini owners are left burbling around in traffic just like everyone else. They just attract more attention than the rest of us plebs.
Which, when you add it all up, makes this Huracan the one to buy. Who cares about faster, more grip, better lap times, a higher top speed, or a few tenths less to 100km/h, when the fastest speed you can experience on the road in most of Australia is 110km/h on a freeway? I’ve been to plenty of track days over the years too and I haven’t seen too many drivers out there in brand new Lamborghinis and Ferraris either. Whether we like it or not, most of them spend their time simply running around town.
That’s why we decided to eschew the usual supercar review this time and simply live with the Huracan the way most owners will. That means all the mundane things come into play. How does it handle rubbish roads? What’s the visibility like? How easy is it to get to grips with? Does the infotainment system work? Can you reverse park it easily? Will it go over a speed hump? And do people still stare at it like most buyers secretly hope they will?
Let’s answer that last question first. You better believe people still stare at it. I spent most of my few days behind the wheel wondering why Lamborghini Australia hadn’t put illegally dark tints somewhere on that options list, such was the leering, drooling and smartphone photography we witnessed. Shrinking violets who’ve thought they can own a Lamborghini better keep driving to an Audi dealership – there’s an R8 waiting for you.
A quick look at the spec sheet shows that while this Huracan is cheaper than the AWD model, it isn’t far off in terms of outright performance. The snarling, naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine mounted right behind your shoulder blades hammers out 426kW and 540Nm, and distributes that power through a seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. It revs right out to 8500rpm too, reminding everyone why we loved the world before turbocharged supercars. Unlike the LP 610-4, there’s no AWD complexity as this Huracan is RWD – one for the traditionalists then. Top speed is 320km/h – good luck with that in Australia – and the sprint to 100km/h takes a scant 3.4 seconds.
So, running those figures out, the RWD Huracan is down 5km/h in top speed, one fifth of a second slower to 100km/h and weighs 32kg less compared to the AWD model. Like I asked from the outset, who cares? The answer is absolutely no one. There might be minute differences between the AWD and RWD models at the limit on a racetrack, but unless you drive like a complete idiot on wet roads, you’ll never pick those differences up on the street.
The combined fuel use figure is claimed to be 11.9L/100km and we managed to see under 15L/100km for the duration of our – almost 400km – test. 14.8L/100km to be more precise. That’s less than a V8 Commodore to put things into perspective. Considering I deactivated stop/start just about every time I drove the Huracan (who wants to spend even a minute not listening to that banshee V10 engine) and I didn’t really try to be efficient, that fuel use figure is genuinely impressive.
The Huracan is low, but it’s not impossible to get into or out of, strengthening its daily use case. Ours is optioned with eye-catching orange interior trim, stitching and mat surrounds, which looks cool initially, but might start to bother you after a while. With the exterior as loud as it is, we’d be happy with a basic black interior. The seats are comfortable, there’s plenty of adjustment, and visibility is excellent too. There’s even rearward visibility to speak of, something owners of previous Lamborghinis (Miura, Countach, Diablo, Miurcelago, the list goes on) would find rather comical.
There’s no silly pedal placement either, with a tunnel that allows you to wear the shoes you want to wear, rather than pretend you’re an F1 driver with silly suede racing shoes. Yep, I know, you can wear them all you like, but Sebastian Vettel you ain’t. The fact you can actually move your feet around in the tunnel is another revelation anyone familiar with older Italian machinery will appreciate.
Pairing your phone with the infotainment system is easy and fast – thanks Audi – and the connection never dropped out once paired. Callers reported crystal clear reception too, and the menu system is easy to use once you’ve had a quick familiarity session. The interactive gauge aperture, which also displays satellite navigation mapping, is clear and easy to understand too. It’s another Audi innovation that works well in the confines of the Huracan’s cockpit.
There’s plenty of switchgear, and some of it isn’t immediately easy to understand, but bespoke individuality is part of the supercar brief, so most buyers won’t care. The first few times you drive it, you might put the foglights on instead of the headlights for example, but you’ll quickly work out what’s what. Our Huracan didn’t have the optional solo coffee cup holder, but we didn’t care. I’d rather stop, park the Huracan somewhere and have a coffee while I admire it from afar and dissect the fact that I can’t afford its sensuous body.
Speaking of which, park the Huracan anywhere and people of all ages flock to it. The fact remains that Lamborghini delivers more street cred than any other supercar. It’s something you can’t measure, and we can’t work out, but it is the way it is. You’ll be surrounded by smart phone-wielding fans taking happy snaps wherever you go – reference my comment about needing dark window tints.
The sense of theatre, drama and vicious presence that Lamborghini has owned since the 1960s has never been diluted, and in many ways, the Huracan looks as good as it’s big brother the Aventador – although not quite as sharply savage. It’s why we say boring colours don’t work. If you want to fly under the radar, the Huracan isn’t for you.
Lift the aircraft-style safety latch, press the starter button and the V10 explodes into life. Truth be told, you don’t actually have to lift that safety either. You can simply press the starter button through it, but there is the sense of theatre for the passenger to consider. The sound as the engine wakes from its slumber is intoxicating – everything a naturally aspirated cacophony should be. It’s noisy until the revs drop once it’s warm enough, and from that point, it won’t even disturb the neighbours. It’s a crucial element of the Huracan’s duality. Despite its outright performance, it’s quiet enough to slink home at any hour without waking up the entire street.
With the gearbox in ‘Auto’ mode, you simply engage the right paddle to select ‘Drive’ and away you go. The electronic nose lift feature is a clever addition, that makes exiting underground garage complexes and rolling over speed humps, easy and scrape-free. I suggested to numerous people, the Huracan is in fact as easy to drive as a Corolla. Supercars used to be savage beasts, not for the faint hearted and not even remotely pleasurable to drive day-to-day. Not anymore. You could put a complete novice behind the wheel, show them where the start button is, how to engage drive and reverse, how to lift the nose so they don’t damage your expensive paint finish and send them on their way.
We loved the way the Huracan rolled around town quietly, efficiently and effortlessly in auto mode. The ride is even quite comfortable – certainly more comfortable than you’d expect of a vehicle that is built around a carbon fibre tub. There’s no creaking or groaning from the exotic chassis, and the suspension soaks up poor surfaces way more easily than you expect. It’s not a taxing vehicle to drive at any time, which might surprise you.
If you tap the steering wheel mounted button from ‘Strada’ to ‘Sport’ or ‘Corsa’, there is serious weaponry to be unleashed. The exhaust noise is incredible, the Huracan holds gears longer, it shifts faster, explodes on the upshift and crackles, barks and spits menacingly on the downshift. More than one passenger told me ‘bugger everyone else on the road, I’d have to drive it all the time in one of these modes’. You can understand why too, such is the exotic and sonorous soundtrack.
Even in full auto mode, if you get a chance on the highway to accelerate from an offramp out to 110km/h for example, the Huracan sings a gorgeous song, leaving you angry, disappointed and sad all at once in regard to our draconian speed laws. Outside a race track, you’ll never truly get to experience the best of what your Huracan can offer.
A Ferrari 488 might be more polished and a Porsche Turbo might be a more rounded offering, but there’s still an undeniable fact – nothing matches the drama, cacophony and outright street presence of a Lamborghini. The Huracan might be the upstart little brother to the Aventador, but it punches well above its weight. Aside from ‘because you can’ you’d struggle to come up with reasons to opt for the heavyweight bull really, such is the brilliance of the more compact Huracan.
It’s one of a select group of cars we never want to hand back. Every time you get behind the wheel, it will put a stupid grin on your face and if you’ve got pockets deep enough to buy one, you’ll love every second of it. The Huracan is a sensational realisation of Italian design and flair.
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