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2019 Lamborghini Huracan Review

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author photo by Autotrader May 2019

The superb 2019 Lamborghini Huracan supercar has a starting price that's well into six figures. But believe it or not, it's the introductory model to Lamborghini supercar ownership. While the Aventador has a V12 engine, this one uses a V10. However, it's doubtful that anyone who drives a Huracan would come away from the experience thinking: "It could do with another couple of cylinders."

This thing is quick. Seriously quick. Coupe versions sprint from 0-to-60 mph in an insane 2.9 seconds. Convertibles are only 0.2 of a second slower. And precise. Perfectly precise. It does exactly what supercars are supposed to do. It looks like it comes from another planet, sounds like a wild animal, and moves in a way that would thrill a rocket scientist.

What's New for 2019?

The Huracan has evolved. Hence the new name for the entry level coupe and convertible: Huracan Evo. It receives a boost in power from 602 to 631 horsepower, plus new driving technology and extra aerodynamic revisions. Evo versions also have a new 8.4-in touchscreen for the infotainment system that now offers Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. The rear-wheel-drive versions have been discontinued. See the 2019 Lamborghini Huracan models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Extrovert styling
  • Awesome exhaust notes
  • Breathtaking speed
  • Exciting handling

What We Don't

  • Rearward vision is tricky
  • Turn signal and high beam controls on the steering wheel take some getting used to

How Much?

$264,969 to $312,554

Fuel Economy

Every version of the 2019 Huracan has a mid-mounted, naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine developing 631 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. This connects to a 7-speed automated manual with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Drive goes to all four wheels.

Hard top or soft, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates fuel consumption for each Huracan variant at 13 miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg on the highway and 15 mpg in combined driving. That makes them all eligible for gas guzzler tax of $2,100.

Standard Features & Options

The 2019 Lamborghini Huracan 2-seater supercar is available as either a coupe or convertible (Spyder) in Evo and Performante versions.

The Huracan Evo coupe ($264,969) has all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, variable-ratio steering, rear-wheel steering, carbon ceramic brake discs, 6-piston front brake calipers, 4-piston rear brake calipers, 20-in alloy wheels, a lightweight exhaust system with titanium intake valves, full LED exterior lighting, LED engine compartment light, heated side mirrors, magneto-rheological adaptive suspension, adaptive anti-roll bars, selectable driving modes, push-button start, heated seats, simulated suede (Alcantara) upholstery, and an 8.4-in infotainment touchscreen.

The Huracan Evo Spyder ($291,095) comes with a powered fabric roof and a few dedicated cosmetic additions.

The Huracan Performante coupe ($284,743) has an active aerodynamics system (more on that below), plus more carbon fiber touches.

The Huracan Performante Spyder ($312,554) mimics its coupe counterpart while adding a powered fabric roof.

Among the options are Apple CarPlay integration, other alloy wheel designs, ambient cabin lighting, navigation, the company's Sensonum 10-speaker/390-watt audio setup, twin-camera track telemetry system, nose lifter (pretty much indispensable considering how low the front lip is), and a cup holder.

Lamborghini also charges extra for Bluetooth and an "anti-theft system." Things that ought to be standard at this heady level of expenditure. It would be easy for a loaded Performante Spyder model to reach $360,000. But we are grateful for the carbon ceramic brakes as standard, which can be a super-expensive option in cars from other manufacturers.

Safety

The Huracan hasn't been crash tested by any North American or European agencies. High-dollar supercars rarely are. However, the aluminum/carbon fiber body shell is impressively stiff. There's not even a hint of flex in the convertible versions. And the carbon ceramic brake discs have fade-free stopping power that always feels confident but never grabby. Naturally, the Huracan also has airbags, anti-lock brakes, a rearview camera (with a high-definition display) and traction/stability control.

Behind the Wheel

Imagine being able to control all the speed, force and energy of a hurricane. That's the 2019 Lamborghini Huracan. For all its outward flamboyance, this is still a driver's car.

There's also some advanced technology in place to make any driver feel heroic. It's called Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata, or LDVI. It's a master processor receiving information from sensors and gyroscopes, calculating what conditions the car is in and matching those with drive inputs. It can virtually anticipate a driver's demands and, within milliseconds, send assistance to any systems required to meet those demands, whether it's tweaking the steering or how the suspension reacts, or any number of features and combinations.

It might feel artificial to someone who has driven and mastered all the tricky mid-engined supercars from the late 20th century onwards. But to anyone else -- including experienced drivers with a decent awareness of how such cars behave, some know-how and a smattering of talent -- it feels seamless. Better than seamless. Flowing, intuitive, interactive, informative, generous and stimulating.

The Performante versions have active aerodynamics, also known as Aerodynamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA). These cars really do make you want to learn Italian. Depending on what's needed, low drag for high speeds or maximum downforce for braking and cornering, the ALA system adjusts air flow automatically. At the front, a flap in the lip will rise up to create drag. And even though the rear wing is fixed, Lamborghini has done something ingenious. There are flaps at either side in the body below, emitting air and generating lift to counteract the wing's usual affect. These flaps can even stay open on one side and closed on another, therefore applying downforce for either rear wheel to help with cornering.

Driving modes are accessed easily with a button on the steering wheel. Sport mode is where it starts to get deeply interesting, with more weight to the steering, higher gearshift points (if not using the shift paddles) sharper throttle response and tauter suspension settings. The exhaust system sounds keener, as well.

Corsa mode is ideal for the track. The driver's display becomes one huge rev counter with large numbers telling the driver which gear is currently engaged. It's in this environment that the Huracan's complete nature can be explored. From low speeds to 80 mph or so, the car is one thing. Above that and toward the 202-mph top speed, it becomes something else. Something truly intoxicating.

Strada mode is the everyday drive setting. What might be surprising about the Huracan is how civilized it is. And how supple the suspension can be despite wide, low-profile tires. The Performante Spyder is unusual in that it can feel perfectly at home cruising along a coast road as well as attacking a race track's corners.

Other Cars to Consider

2019 Audi R8 -- A close relation to the Huracan, right down to sharing the same engine and transmission, plus various other parts that aren't quite so obvious. A wonderful machine.

2019 Ferrari 488 GTB -- More powerful, 661 hp, and with lots of Formula One-derived technology.

2019 Porsche 911 Turbo S -- The 911 is always a classic, always a thrill. The Turbo S version has 580 hp and similar performance stats to the Huracan.

Used Lamborghini Aventador -- Even more outrageous than a Huracan in both looks and sound, more powerful (around 700 hp) and has those two extra cylinders.

Autotrader's Advice

Yes, do it. In this homogenized world of dull crossovers, make everyone's day brighter with a Huracan. But please make sure you have the nose-lifting option. Find a Lamborghini Huracan for sale

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