Is the Lamborghini Huracan a true raging bull?The Gallardo was the Italian supercar manufacturer's most popular car to date. Is the Huracan up to the challenge of replacing it?
[SOUND] Lamborghinis are at [INAUDIBLE]. They don't make Speed with delight. They make you tremble with glee. [NOISE] When you think of a Lamborghini, you think of outlandish design, noise, power, anger, and madness. [NOISE] This is a lamborghini gallardo. One of the best known and loved cars the firm has ever made. Over a 10 year span from 2003 to 2013 they put over 14,000 of these things on the road. That's nearly half of all the cars its ever produced. You've got your typical Lamborghini thrills from it's 5.2 liter V10 engine. It came with up to 570 horsepower depending on which one you went for. It was also available in some cases with rear-wheel drive. Otherwise all wheel drive all the way. And as you can see it looks best in yellow. [SOUND] The Gallardo was smaller than traditional Lambos. It came with normal doors and you could park it easily. It was as close to normal as you get from a firm like Lamborghini. And as the sales figures suggest, it was well received. So how do you follow that up? How do you keep things normal? But maintain that Lamborghini curbside appeal. Well, if you are a Lamborghini and have that problem to face, what you do is you keep the good bits that everyone loved from the old car, you give it a fresh face. And a bit more power. And you call it Huracán. [NOISE] Named after a breed of fighting bull, the Huracán has a difficult job to do. It's got to be better than its very successful older brother, and still be a Lamborghini. Something that might be tricky to do. [NOISE] Lamborghinis are traditionally thought of as being a bit unhinged, a bit crazy. Whereas everything else is well thought of, obviously, but they go about their business with a stylish, beautiful competency. If a Lambo was a person, it would be the kind of guy who walks into a bar with a glittery waistcoat, muttering things about how you shouldn't look at him funny because he's crazy. But everyone still loves him, because, well, he's a bit mad That he's a bit zany. He's a bit kooky, and they one day he'll go and stab someone in the face, and he'll have to go away for a while. But he'll be fondly remembered because of his fiery temperament and the fact he was mental him. It's hard not to enjoy a Lamborghini. Yes, they're outlandish and a bit silly, but they're born of an engineer who saw where things could be better. Created by a chap who came from nothing and made himself a household name, because he likes the finer things in life. His name is Ferruccio Lamborghini. Lamborghini was born to grape farmers Parents. And he didn't really take much to the [UNKNOWN] trade. But he did rather enjoy the farming machinery associated with it. He went on to study mechanics and was drafted into the Italian Rural Air Force during World War II. When he left, he set up a garage and started modifying a Fiat Topolino. He got it to the point where he felt comfortable to enter into the [UNKNOWN] He decoyed well but after 700 miles he crashed out. And with that crash, went his desire for motor sports. In 1948 the same year he attempted [UNKNOWN] Lamborghini got in the tractor manufacturing business. Setting up Lamborghini Trattori. His machines were a help to post war Italy's recovery. Later he got into oil, heating, and air conditioning, too. These businesses set him up nicely and allowed him to buy all manner of wonderful cars. Lamborghini had a massive car collection. He ended up with more than he really knew what to do with. He had pretty much everything in there, Jags, Maseratis, you name it. But it was Ferrari that inspired him to build his own car. See, he loved his prancing horses, but he was less keen on the ride, the interior, the after sales, and the fact that [UNKNOWN] clutches. He addressed Ferrari with his concerns hoping that he would do something about it, but Ferrari being ferrari...dismissed it. So he did what anyone would do, modified his own 250GT so it was better than a normal one, and decide he was going to build his own Gran Turo. And he did, the 350GT. From there, Lamborghini's history has been littered with legends like the Mura, the Kuntash, the Diablo, and there's been some financial trouble along the way. [UNKNOWN] sold his stake in the firm in the '70s, and passed away in 1993. He left behind a legacy adored by people the world over. In 1998 Audi bought the company and got to work mixing Lamborghini craziness with Nailed the efficiency, and it produced some stunning cars. The Murcielago, the Reventon, the Gallardo, and now this, the Huracan. [MUSIC] [NOISE] Its technology is advanced for a starter. It's got all-wheel drive, a carbon fiber and aluminum chassis, carbon fiber for the passenger shell, aluminum for the rest. There's a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox to reign in its 602 [UNKNOWN] horsepower, 413 pound-foot 5.2 liter V10 And naught to 62 is dispatched in 3.2 seconds. It's top speed 202 miles an hour, and it's light at 1,532 kilos. The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 to give it it's full Name is 10% lighter and 50% stiffer than the Gallardo. And it's chock full of tech, carbon sonic brakes are standard. And it's little fee FT monitor behind the steering wheel has pretty much all of the information you can possibly imagine. And to start it, you've got to flip up a little switch, like a fighter jet. Or a Morgan three It's good. So this tech, prowess, speed, power, and stunning design on offer. Verutio would probably approve of the interior, and the exterior may divide opinion but I rather like it. Some see it as restrained, but you can only really say that if your daily ride is an Aventi or Jade. And there's only one of them, so it's almost certainly not new. So what is the latest V10 Lamborghini like to drive? Well I'm going to start with the bits that are really annoying. There is nowhere to put anything in this car. And because it's keyless, there's nowhere to actually put the keys. Don't wanna have it in my pocket, because being a Lamborghini driver, I have very tight trousers. There's a little cubbyhole Console. Things fall out of that. The dual pockets are tiny, but there is just enough room for a wallet, and there is a little thing in here, but it's about that deep, and it can't fit an iPhone six plus in it. So that's annoying. I also can't see out of this, the rear view is One thing. I think the mirror, there, is purely for decoration, cuz you get a little nip slip of engine bay, and that's about it. The wing mirrors are big enough, but feature mostly Lamborghini bits. Reversing it is a little bit tricky. Thankfully, this has reversing camera, which is an enormously expensive option, but, it's worth its weight in gold. What about the drive? Well currently we're in the first of its 3 driving modes. Strada, Italian for street. Very lovely. The suspension is a bit hard, but it is a super car so you have to forgive it The steering is nice and light, nice incline, very lovely. Throttle response isn't the sharpest but you can modulate it beautifully around town. I drove this around London and it was smooth, it was quiet, it was easy. But then you flip this little button down here to sport. The gear box starts to get used to the fact that it is a gear box again. [NOISE] Sharper response becomes sharper, the steering weakens up and it feels a lot nicer. You get a lot more feedback through it, and then go [NOISE] [LAUGH] [INAUDIBLE] [NOISE] Good God! Because of it's all wheel drive system the rate at which is gathers knots is immense. There's no sense of slip There's no sense the cars gonna try and kill you. It just wants to push you into the distance and it does it. You're pushed back into your seat something chronic. The brakes come as ceramic is standard. My god they work. Good lord, they are fantastic. If you put your foot on them, the car will stop. The end. That is a thing that happens. There's no, oh, will they stay? There's no, oh, they take a bit of time to get warmed up. You can modulate them but it take awhile to get used to it. Once you're there though, they are a beautiful thing to work with. The steering It's really nice. There's loads of feedback to it. In sport mode it is decently weighted. It's a delight. You know where the front wheels are, you can see what's going on on the road. You know where to place yourself. Because the front wheel is, there, it is a very steep drop off on the front. It is nowhere near as long as you think it is. You can work it really nicely. Now the Hurricane has a wonderfully unique launch control. It is best described as ferocious. It wrangles all of the horsepower, all 602 of them, and points them all directly at the road, in order to get you from nor to 62, in around three seconds. So what you do, is you bring the car to a stop, you stick it in [UNKNOWN]. You turn the ESC off. Lower your seat, foot on the brake, foot on the throttle, thrust mode, go! [SOUND] Woo. [SOUND] Handling wise though, when you're going at sensible speeds, you can feel how stiff the chassis is, you can feel the suspension working with you to absorb all the bumps and keep this thing as level as possible. It's an absolute joy to [UNKNOWN] in this thing. It can't fail to put a smile on your face. With the speed, the noise, the beautiful steering, the gear box that just works. It is brilliant. The throttle response, the brakes, when you need them to work, they really do. It's A stunning, stunning piece of engineering. There are criticisms that it's a bit too safe. That the Hurricane isn't as mental as it could or even should be. I can see where they're coming from, but there's something that we need to remember here, the noise, the look, and the speed is enough for some. Not everyone wants to go everywhere with their car's **** hanging out while they're twitching. Some want a car that can be used daily and excite them at the slip of the pedal. The Huracan looks like a Lamborghini should and it sounds like one should too. It's a very evolving car, you feel definitely part of the process but at the same time it makes you feel safe. You're certainly part of the madness of the car not just the drive. But in the theater it creates, it's the star of any road, and any space it occupies. [MUSIC]