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Shakespeare’s Prospero could have been thinking of a mid-engine Lamborghini, instead of the duplicitous Caliban, when he said, “A devil, a born devil on whose nature nurture can never stick.” That was in “The Tempest.” In the here and now, the 2015 Huracán, unlike previous Lamborghinis, has no devilry. Rather, despite the sinister, squinting eyes and sneering lips, it has benevolent might and much of Prospero’s magic. Refined and civilized, it’s a breakthrough Lamborghini and an AUTOMOBILE All-Star.
Introduced last spring at the Geneva Motor Show, the crucially important 2015 Lamborghini Huracán was said to herald a new era. Yes, with the 5.2-liter, DOHC 40-valve V-10 now generating 610 hp, the car would be ferociously fast. But the key could be found in making it easy to drive daily. Although 14,022 units of its Gallardo predecessor were produced between 2003 and 2013, that mid-engine two-seater was somewhat taxing.
The joy of hex: The 2015 Lamborghini Huracán’s interior is surprisingly spacious.
Decisive mediation has come from the new seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission, the Lamborghini Doppia Frizione. The old car, when equipped with an automated manual, changed gears with slam-bang eventfulness, while the 2015 Lamborghini Huracán seems to mesh its cogs instantly in a pool of gravy. It’s as if the short assembly line in Sant’Agata includes a final station where each Huracán nibbles on a Lexus.
As expected, the supercar is formidable on the track. Like the sticker price of $279,345, its straightaway speed was also the highest among the All-Stars pack. But another part of the Huracán’s job description is to soak up admiration. It’s supposed to inspire, and some say this is the most beautiful Lamborghini — maybe the first beautiful Lamborghini — since the Miura.
Once beyond the venom-spitting face, we notice the breathtaking, swooping roofline. It dominates, ironically perhaps, considering the peak is about belly-button height. Within tight limits, the bodywork compellingly incorporates hexagons and flat planes as well. “It’s a game,” design chief Filippo Perini said. “We are always playing with this geometry, because it gives us the opportunity to have an identity.” Meanwhile, hints of the Aventador are found, most notably on the scalloped rear cover. Commanding as the Huracán is in Popsicle colors, we could hardly take our eyes off our white test car, a testimony of the design’s versatility.
It kills inside, too. Having dumped ourselves into the sport buckets, we marvel at the airy interior. The startup protocols for the 12.3-inch instrument panel thrill us. Then, looking down the road, we grab the elephant-ear shift paddles and press the accelerator. Maximum horsepower comes at 8,250 rpm. “Even now, we heard a hollow burst of bellowing, like bulls, or rather lions,” says one of “The Tempest” villains. “O, ’twas a din to fright a monster’s ear, to make an earthquake,” replies another. Just as expected of a Lamborghini.
Read about the other 2015 AUTOMOBILE All-Stars:
- Alfa Romeo 4C
- BMW i8
- BMW 2 Series
- Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
- Ford Mustang
- Honda Fit
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class
- Subaru WRX/WRX STI
- Volkswagen Golf GTI
2015 Lamborghini HuracÃ¡n Specifications
- Base price: $242,445
- As-tested price: $279,345
- Engine: 5.2-liter DOHC 40-valve V-10/610 hp @ 8,250 rpm, 413 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm
- Transmission: 7-speed automatic
- Layout: 2-door, 2-passenger, mid-engine, AWD coupe
- EPA Mileage (city/highway/combined): 14/20/16 mpg