By Keith Buglewicz
The 2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 adds a new convertible Spyder version and a new rear-wheel-drive LP 580-2 to the mix. They broaden the range, with the Spyder adding an even more flamboyant element to a car that was a 2-seat Mardi Gras to begin with, and the 580-2 going head-to-head with rear-drive models like the Ferrari 458 and McLaren 650S. This Lambo backs up its outrageous styling with a V10 engine packing between 570 and 600 horsepower, depending on what model you choose. The rear- or all-wheel-drive (RWD, AWD) exotic also boasts adjustable driving modes that includes a Corsa setting that you'd be foolish to use anywhere but a racetrack. Yet the luxurious interior and relatively tame Strada (street) mode make it downright civilized.
Lamborghini’s Huracan demands attention wherever it goes, and if that describes you, then you're a perfect match. The wedgy vented shape has more attitude than almost anything else on the road -- and the ability to back it up.
While the neither the Ferrari 458 nor the McLaren 650S is a shrinking violet from a styling standpoint, they're tame compared to the Huracan. Then, there's the Audi R8, a corporate cousin with a V10, all-wheel drive and sizzling performance.
The biggest news is that the 2016 Lamborghini Huracan is now available in convertible and rear-drive-only forms. Known as the Spyder and LP 580-2, respectively, they both boast V10 power, with the Spyder offering the bonus of 200-mph wind in your hair.
We don't need to explain the Lamborghini Huracan is fast; the name itself is enough. The V10 engine, with its 8,250-rpm redline, sends 602 horsepower to all...
... four wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. It's enough to send the 3,400-pound Huracan coupe and Spyder to 60 mph in just over three seconds on its way to a top speed of just over 200 mph. But numbers tell only part of the story; experiencing it is quite another. Lamborghinis have long had the ability to seemingly defy physics, and the Huracan proudly continues to scoff at mortals' natural laws of motion. And that's all when the Huracan is in its (relatively) low-key Strada or street mode, which makes the Huracan relatively docile around town thanks to light steering, comfortable gear changes and a tolerable ride. But switch it to the racetrack-ready Corsa mode, and the world blurs.
That's a fancy way of saying the Huracan's suspension gets softer for daily driving, or firmer for those days when you're willing to risk your hyper-expensive hypercar on a racetrack. It monitors driving conditions and adjusts the suspension within fractions of a second for optimal handling.
12.3-INCH TFT INSTRUMENT DISPLAY
There are no needles pointing at numbers in the Huracan, at least, not real ones. Instead there's a massive digital display in front of the driver. Not only does it display the usual instrument info, it can be reconfigured to show navigation, infotainment data and more.
One glance at the Huracan's interior tells you that the company is now owned by Audi, and its best-in-class interior sensibility has made itself known in modern Lamborghinis. Not only is there an Audi-esque master dial and surrounding buttons offering easy control of navigation, audio and phone functions, the rest of the interior is equally functional. Yet form is part of it too: The cockpit's sensual leathers, exotic design and high-tech gadgetry all befit a car in this price range. We love the digital gauges, and how the seven aircraft-like switches make even rolling down a window feel like an event.
At 75 inches wide and less than 46 inches tall, the 2016 Lamborghini Huracan is twice as wide as it is tall. It gives the Huracan a squat, powerful stance, one that's at once compact and commanding. That's just dimensions; the combination of angles, vents and curves of the aluminum skin is, well, it's unmistakably Lamborghini. In front, the hood slopes dramatically, offering good visibility out, and the rear-drive LP 580-2 has a different nose. That's not the case in back, where the engine resides. Cargo capacity is very tight, with room for only a small bag in the front trunk.
The "base" model Huracan LP 580-2 is hardly a bargain-basement, stripped-down car, what with its $205,000 price tag. Aside from an instantly recognizable brand, that sum gets you a voracious V10 engine, carbon-ceramic brakes, 20-inch wheels, full LED lighting, and a sophisticated chassis made from aluminum and carbon fiber. Amenities include dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/DVD player with USB and iPhone inputs, and partially power-operated seats. We should also note that sum could get you a nice condo with a view of the river in a lot of places. Just sayin'.
Aside from adding all-wheel drive and/or a convertible top with the 610-4 coupe or Spyder model, there are numerous options for the Huracan, all with ludicrous price tags. Want to show off your engine to the world with a transparent engine cover? Of course you do, and it'll only cost an extra $7,000. Customize your exterior color for a mere $4,500 to $14,000. You'll also have to pay extra if you want navigation and even heated seats. Must-haves include a rearview camera, and a lifting system that raises the front axle more than an inch with the press of a button.
Two similar V10 engines are available in the 2016 Lamborghini Huracan. In the rear-drive LP 580-2, the 5.2-liter engine puts out 573 horsepower, while in the all-wheel-drive LP 610-4 coupe and Spyder, it offers up 602 horsepower. While similar to the V10 that's in the Audi R8 corporate cousin, the Huracan's engine benefits from a dual-fuel-injection setup called Iniezione Diretta Stratificata (IDS) that uses both direct and port-style fuel injection. The Huracan routes the power from its mid-mounted engine through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; no manual transmission is offered. In a bid to save fuel, the Lambo comes with a defeatable start/stop system that cuts the engine at idle. Still, with a combined rating of 16 mpg, the Huracan can't avoid a gas-guzzler tax.
5.2-liter V10 (LP 580-2)
573 horsepower @ 8,000 rpm
398 lb-ft of torque @ 6,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/21 mpg
5.2-liter V10 (LP 610-4)
602 horsepower @ 8,250 rpm
412 lb-ft of torque @ 6,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 mpg
Things start expensive for the 2016 Lamborghini Huracan, and go up from there. The LP 580-2 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at about $205,000, including the $3,495 destination charge. The all-wheel-drive coupe starts at about $245,000, and the new Spyder asks that you put $268,000 in your money bag. Options will easily push the price to well beyond the $300,000 mark. Obviously, Lamborghini buyers aren't really comparison-shopping, but if they did, they'd see that the Huracan is actually priced fairly against the likes of the Ferrari 458 and the McLaren 650S. An Aston Martin Vantage can be had for less, as can an Audi R8, and a Corvette Z06 for less than all of them. Might as well check out the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying.