Lamborghini Huracán – Is This Progress?

[hr] [dropcap]Q[/dropcap]uestion: How many country and western singers does it take to change a light globe?

Answer: 100. 1 to actually change it and 99 to sing about how good the old one was.

Here’s another question…… Why is that we all have a tendency to turn into country and western singers when a new car is released? I don’t know, but I’m about to do it again.

There’s a new Lamborghini in town. It’s called the Huracán and I don’t know about you, but my first impression is that it’s more storm-in-a-teacup than hurricane.

Here it is:

Lamborghini Huracan

Why is my first impression so-so?

Well, Lamborghini’s previous standard models were the Murcielago and the Gallardo, which looked pretty much the same as this new one, to be honest. The Aventador came out a few years ago and it looks kinda similar to this, too.

But over the last few years, a secret cache of Lamborghini designers that weren’t working on ‘standard’ cars stopped taking their meds and brought out some bat$h1t insane special edition cars like the Veneno, the Aventador J and the Sisto Elemento.

Lamborghini Veneno

Lamborghini Aventador J

Lamborghini Sisto Elemento

Madness!! Sheer, glorious madness!!!

Ferrari has always been the classic Italian supercar company whereas Lamborghini was always the slightly crazy one. After the Audi takeover in the late 1990’s, Lamborghini’s ship was righted by some sensible command and control, producing some suitably sharp-ish wedge models that even inspired a Batmobile. The rather more intense concepts shown above, however, hinted that a Teutonic Batman might have left the building and The Joker might have just taken charge again.

But now there’s the Huracan and it feels like Lamborghini’s come back to earth – just a little bit, at least.

Richard Hammond, in his Top Gear review of the Aventador, lamented that it was the first big V12 Lambo that didn’t feel like it was about to kill you. It was blazing fast. It could stick like a limpet. But he missed that seat-of-the-pants edginess that had defined previous V12 Lambos.

After the crazy Lamborghini concepts and special editions of the last few years, the Huracán kind of makes me feel the same way.

Lamborghini Huracan Side

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File this whole article under “Who Cares? You’re never going to own one anyway!”

I’m quite sure the Huracán is absolutely magnificent in every way. It’s just that the first photos look a little bit vanilla to me.

And if there’s one thing a Lamborghini should never be, it’s vanilla.

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1 Comment

  1. Maybe with fins?

    I guess every design goal has its lifespan. I think the Saab design goals, or more to the point, sustainable design, has a far longer road ahead of it.

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