Read all the details on the Lamborghini Huracan at AutoGuide.comFaster, lighter and much more drivable than any previous Lamborghini, this is everything you need to know about the new Huracan LP610-4.
OK, not everything. Driving impressions can be hard to write when the only seat time we’ve had is in a studio. Still, Lamborghini provided a deep-dive into the technical features of its new “affordable” model during a tech session at its headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese. Here’s the important stuff.
The 5.2-liter V10 engine, seemingly the same as that found in its Gallardo predecessor, is entirely new, engineered from the ground-up. It even features a combination of port and direct injection to maximize daily drivability and power. Fuel economy is improved and emissions reduced (by 11 percent) with features like start-stop and cylinder deactivation (though, oddly, the latter won’t make it’s way to North America).
The torque curve is less peaky with more power staying on past the 413 lb-ft 6500 rpm peak. And while naturally aspirated engines (a staple of Lamborghini’s engine philosophy) aren’t known for their torqueyness, this engine will deliver 75 percent of that thrust from just 1,000 rpm. Tip in has also been improved.
Aiding in power deliver is an all new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, named Lamborghini Doppia Frizione (likely to hide its German roots) is designed to deliver ultra-fast shifts and be equally ideal for daily driving. CEO Stephan Winkelmann proclaims that more miles will be put on the Huracan by its drivers than any Lambo in history.
As with all (or nearly all) Lambos, power is sent to all four wheels, so in certain extreme circumstances a full 100 percent of the torque can be distributed to the rear wheels. Under normal driving conditions, the front to rear torque split is 30/70, while the system also enables as much as 50 percent of the power being set to the front axle.
As for the car’s design, it doesn’t just look beautiful, it’s a functional form too. With fewer wild angles than many of the Lamborghini concept cars we’ve seen of late (Veneno, we’re looking at you), it’s smoothness is used to hide its overall size says chief designer Filippi Perini. Taking simplification to a new level, he says just one core line forms the basis of the car.
The new shape delivers a three percent reduction in drag while also increasing downforce, amazingly, by 50 percent, without the addition of deploying spoilers – a boasting point made by Perini.