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Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 - Driven

The Huracan had a big task ahead of it, even before it was launched last year. It had to improve in every way on its predecessor, the Gallardo, which had been the best selling Lamborghini ever. When I visited the factory last year, they were making the final tweaks and the last of the road tests. The Huracan also had to keep ahead of its main rivals from Ferrari and Porsche.

Lamborghini is known for its sharp, stealth-fighter jet looks, and the Huracan continues in this theme. In the showroom and on the road, it stands out. Sharp to look at (aside, in some people's eyes, from the dipping swage line under the side windows), it needs to live up to its looks in the performance department.

The Huracan certainly does. There are three modes in which the car can be used. The everyday driving mode makes it a piece of cake to drive around town in traffic. Well done to Lamborghini for that. Switch the wheel-mounted control to Sport and the beast is awakened. Quicker, more aggressive behaviour and a sound track upgrade in keeping with the Huracan's looks. Brilliant. Then there's the track setting. Really, leave that for the track.

Acceleration, which let's face it is a big part of what supercars need to be about, is loud, tremendously strong and almost frenetic because of how quickly the scenery starts flashing past. Just like it should be. I've driven some seriously fast cars, and this Lamborghini is right up there in the adrenaline pumping stakes. Big brakes haul the car up ludicrously well. I didn't really get anywhere near testing the handling of the car - and you'd need to have some time on a racetrack to see how good it is. All-wheel drive ensures tremendous grip. No doubt, the handling is exceptional...

Inside, the extreme styling theme continues, but it's an easy car to adjust to fit you. Some of the controls are as only the Italians could make. The window switches, for example. Push up to make the windows go down, and down for them to go up. Obviously nobody from Audi was in the design office the day that went through. The sideways switch on the steering wheel for the indicators (push to switch off) is novel and easy enough to adapt to. Of course there's the flip cover on the starter button and console-mounted reverse lever which add to the theatre of the whole thing.

There's a huge options list - for which you need to feel generous to your dealer. $20,300 for matt finish paint. Parking sensors $3100. Garage door opener $600...

This car is going to do the trick for lots of boys out there. It's going to be faster than their mate's cars, more in-your-face than anything else on the road (Aventador aside) and pull the girls better than almost any other car. In colours like the slightly pearlescent bright green of the car I drove, it stands out! It's an absolute belter to drive when it's angry, but docile enough to replace that 911 you bought because you figured Italian exotics are too temperamental for everyday use.

Lamborghini is onto another winner here as sales worldwide are proving.  

VITAL STATISTICS

 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4

 Engine: 5.2-litre V10
 Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual

 Power: 449kW
 Torque: 560Nm
 Performance: 0-100km/h 3.3 seconds
 Price: $471,000
 Text & some photos - Paul Blank (copyright)

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At the Paris Motor Show launch - photo Paul Blank