2015 Car of the Year
LAMBORGHINI Huracán LP 610-4
The Huracán LP 610-4 is the best automobile Lamborghini has ever made. Of the brand’s many groundbreaking models—from the first 350 GT to the exquisite Miura to the futuristic Countach—the Huracán comes closest to achieving the original goal of the company’s founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini: “Make a GT car without faults. Not a technical bomb. Very normal. Very conventional. But a perfect car.”
The Huracán is not powered by a fire-breathing V-12 engine. It is not equipped with bat-winged extremities that unfurl at speed to suck air into its voracious maw. And it looks stunning in white—antipodal to the signature flat-black paint usually worn by the bigger, more menacing Aventador. The Huracán is well mannered, balanced, and friendly to drive, but it delivers sharp-edged handling, prodigious power, and neck-snapping acceleration. It may have the most tasteful body design of any current production car, and it is a shape that, like the Gallardo’s before it, will likely stand the test of time.
Drivers will appreciate the panoramic view and the comfortable interior, which has enough elbow room to make this car a true sports GT. Long drives allow for plenty of time to explore the capabilities of Lamborghini’s flexible V-10, the seamless dual-clutch transmission, and the tenacious all-wheel drive. Though it placed fourth in the judges’ voting, the Huracán is this writer’s pick for Car of the Year. It bests any of the other 2015 competitors and surely would make the marque’s founder proud.
(Photos and video by Cordero Studios, corderostudios.com)
CONFIGURATION: Mid-engine, all-wheel-drive sports car
ENGINE: 5.2-liter V-10
TRANSMISSION: 7-speed, dual-clutch sequential manual
POWER: 610 hp at 8,250 rpm
TORQUE: 413 ft lbs at 6,500 rpm
CURB WEIGHT: 3,135 pounds
ZERO TO 60 MPH: 3.1 seconds
TOP SPEED: 202 mph
BASE PRICE: $240,000