FACT TAKES A DRIVE IN THE SUCCESSOR TO THE GALLARDO – THE NEW LAMBORGHINI V10 OFFERING, THE MIGHTY HURACÁN LP 610-4.

Lamborghini like to keep things simple with their product range, offering two base models in the line up at any given time, one boasting a naturally-aspirated V12 engine, and one a naturallyaspirated V10, with several editions derived from each one during the course of its life.

The Lamborghini Huracán, named after a famous Spanish fighting bull in keeping with Lamborghini tradition, replaces the outgoing Gallardo as the marque’s V10 offering. As a result, it obviously has to up the game over its predecessor. Therefore, Lamborghini have made quite a few changes to the exterior, interior and performance figures. The Huracán still features the same 5.2l V10 as the Gallardo, but this time round it has been uprated to produce 610PS (602hp) to the Gallardo’s 560PS (552hp). This means a 0-100km/h time of 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 325km/h.

It also features a raft of new technology, such as Stop & Start fuel saving, and MagneRide electromagnetic damper control. Inside, the Italian sense of drama comes courtesy of the 3-mode switch on the steering wheel for Strada (Street), Sport, and Corsa (Track), and the bright red fighter jet-style cover over the ignition, which you’ll have to flip up to fire up that big V10. It all just appeals to the man-child inside!

We collected the car from the Lamborghini showroom in Deira, and familiarised ourselves with the car’s immense power, blistering speed and unforgettable V10 bellow on the long drive home to Abu Dhabi. We were somewhat nervous about navigating Deira’s extremely busy streets in a Lamborghini, but needn’t have been. Despite being a V10 supercar, the Huracán is manageable and easy to manoeuvre, and feels positively sedate at low speeds in Strada mode. Some rear visibility is obviously sacrificed to that low seating position and the mid-engine layout that places the big V10 right behind you, but it’s a small price to pay for such a rousing symphony The Huracán is just as comfortable cruising on a highway as it is on city streets with a smooth ride in Strada mode.

Cruise control is optional in the Huracán, but unfortunately our model didn’t have that option, so the biggest challenge was avoiding a speeding ticket.

However, a highway isn’t where you want to be in a Lamborghini, so the next day we went to find a more challenging route for some entertainment. Switching to Sport mode tightens up the car overall, opening up the exhaust for a more aggressive note and more power, improving throttle and steering response, and stiffening the chassis for better grip. The Huracán boasts a highly intelligent all-wheel-drive transmission with a 70/30 front-rear torque ratio, but can send 100% of the power to the rear and 50% to the front depending on requirements. It works together with the Pattaforma Inerziale, which is an array of motion sensors that adjust the ESP and gearbox to suit driving conditions. It’s a marked difference over the Gallardo, and results in a car that makes the immense power of the car’s 602hp V10 very manageable, and insane amounts of fun to drive!

Overall, the Huracán is absolutely superb, offering Italian supercar exotica and performance figures in a highly usable package. We’re completely sold!