The Lamborghini Huracan
The Huracan is a supercar from Lamborghini being first released in 2014. It competes with the likes of the Ferrari 488 and McLaren 570 models.
Lamborghini’s car names are always derived from something meaningful and the Huracan is no exception. Huracan is derived from the Spanish word for hurricane and was also the name of a bull that fought back in 1879.
This beastly car is powered by a high revving, naturally aspirated 5.2L V10 engine. This is mounted in the middle of the car behind the driver.
This engine is now the last V10 engine in production car available as the Dodge Viper was recently killed off. However, this engine is used in the Audi R8 in the same and different states of tune.
It can be reasonably efficient when you are not on the throttle as one bank of cylinders can shut down and it turns into an inline 5 cylinder engine for a bit. Good for when you are on the highway with cruise control on when the power is not needed.
The only transmission available is a 7-speed dual clutch with massive paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. The shifts are super-fast and every time, there is a bark from the exhaust.
Quad exhausts spew out the wonderful screaming sound. It can rev all the way up to 8500rpm and is howling all the way.
There is surely one model of these for everyone and there are many type available. A mixture between Spyder, Coupe, rear wheel drive, and all-wheel drive. Another more track focused, performance option came out in early 2017 and is dubbed the Performante. This used a higher-strung version of the same engine with power increased to a huge 471kW and torque to 601Nm. The weight was also dropped by 40kg.
This is right up there with one of the highest specific outputs of all time from a naturally aspirated engine at over 90kW/L of displacement. The best being the Ferrari 458 Speciale with 99kW/L.
The Performante also smashed the previous best time for a production car on the Nürburgring with a recorded time of 6:52:01. Only a couple of cars have ever done a sub 7-minute lap let alone beat it by nearly 8 seconds!
On the inside, like all these expensive luxury cars, almost everything is customisable. The interior has a bit of a Fighter Jet look to it too.
The dashboard is a just big screen and can be configured to how you want it. Move things around it and it is also where you sat nav is displayed.
The red switch on the steering wheel is the drive mode selector where you can choose between Strada, Sport, and Corsa. Strada for comfort, Sport for fun back roads, and Corsa for the race track. These modes change things like suspension, AWD torque split, traction control, and transmission/throttle mapping.
The starter button is under the red flap in the centre console, just like its big V12 brother, the Aventador.
There are many wheel options and other things that you can customise. This list goes on and on and so does the price.
As the engine is in the back, the boot is in the front and is therefore not very big. This leads to being a not very practical car so a little time away with the misses would not be for very long.
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