The first iteration of the Huracán was designed by Filippo Perini, who is the current Head of Design at Italdesign in Italy. Perini’s signature can also be found on the initial release versions of the Aventador, which has helped to provide a sense of brand uniformity across the Lamborghini model range.
Much like the Aventador, the Huracán borrows many of its design cues from that of a fighter jet; it has a deliberate angular wedge-shaped silhouette and an unmistakably Lamborghini profile. While it looks a fair bit more subdued than its stablemate, the Huracán is still the byproduct of aggressive aerodynamic overhangs, body panels, diffusers and air inlets.
As is tradition, the Huracán is named after a breed of Spanish fighting bull and made its debut in the guise of a coupé model; namely, the 2014 Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4. In keeping with the nomenclature its stablemate follows, the LP stands for “Longitudinale Posteriore” in reference to its longitudinal rear mid-engine layout. Furthermore, ‘610’ and ‘4’ respectively indicate the model’s horsepower and number of driven wheels (2 for rear-wheel drive, 4 for all-wheel drive).
Immediately, the Lamborghini Huracán made leaps and bounds over the outgoing Gallardo in every regard. It had more power, plenty of tech (for convenience and performance alike) and was the first Lamborghini model to feature a dual-clutch transmission. Lamborghini’s active aero system, known as Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA), is what really set it apart from its predecessor.
The Huracán would receive a facelift in 2019, which also serves as a marker for what will likely turn out to be the model’s mid-life milestone. Again, the torch would be passed to Mitja Borkert, current Head of Design at Lamborghini, who was also responsible for updating later versions of the Aventador. Dubbed the Huracán EVO from that point forward, the refreshed platform received a number of notable changes, upgrades and new variants.
Huracán LP610-4 (2014-2019) & Spyder (2016-2019)
The first Huracán to come out of the gates was the LP610-4 coupé. Serving as the baseline for future variants, the LP610-4 nevertheless did not hold back any punches, coming standard with a 5.2L naturally-aspirated V10 which produced 610 hp @ 8,250 rpm and 413 ft-lbs of torque @ 6,200 rpm. Utilizing Lamborghini’s clever “Iniezione Diretta Stratificata” system, the Lamborghini Huracan engine combined the best worlds of both direct and indirect fuel injection configurations, which in turn improved power and fuel efficiency. The Huracán could sprint from 0-60 in as little as 3.2 seconds.
Following up on Gallardo’s hugely successful era was always going to be a tough act, so Lamborghini insisted that the Huracán be more of a revolution than an evolution, from its predecessor. The typical Lamborghini design cues remained - sharp hexagonal edges, a wedge-like silhouette and fighter jet stance - but were blessed with a more modern interpretation, incorporating the latest technologies inside and out.
Lamborghini introduced its brand new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission on the Huracán LP610-4 - dubbed “Lamborghini Doppia Frizione” - which sent power through an advanced electronically controlled all-wheel drive system. Three driving modes could be selected via a steering mounted selector, which allowed drivers to choose between Strada, Sport and Corsa modes. In that order, each mode provided the car with an increasingly track-biased disposition by manipulating the responsiveness of the gearbox, engine, drivetrain and stability controls.
The chassis consisted of a mix of carbon fiber and aluminum elements which allowed the car to be both light (1,422 kg) and rigid. Magnetorheological dampers and Lamborghini Dynamic Steering system were optional features which allowed for even more precision and customizability of the Huracán’s driving character.
In 2015, the Huracán LP610-4 Spyder was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and would debut for the 2016 model year. The drop-top shared all the same mechanical underpinnings as the coupé and featured an electrohydraulic soft top. Due to the drop-top mechanism and the extra chassis reinforcements, the Spyder weighed about 120 kg more than the coupé and was also 40% more rigid than its predecessor, the Gallardo Spyder.
Huracán LP580-2 (2016-2019) & Spyder (2016-2019)
It didn’t take long for Lamborghini to foresee the potential of a rear-wheel drive Huracán variant, nor did they require too much notice to act on it. Both rear-wheel drive Huracáns - the LP580-2 coupé and LP580-2 Spyder - were released for the 2016 model year and would prove to be huge commercial successes for the company, while also providing the basis on which the future Huracán Evo RWD models were built.
The conversion to rear-wheel drive begins with the removal of the front driveshaft and differential, which not only changes the drivetrain, but lowers the weight and alters its distribution also. From this alone, weight balance changes to 40(F)/60(R) from 43(f)/57(R) on the all-wheel drive version, while 73 lbs is shed overall. To accommodate these changes, the front springs and anti-roll bar are made to be 10 percent softer to optimize the contact patch on the front tires.
As the name suggests, the rear-wheel drive variants also feature a slightly detuned version of the LP610-4 engines, producing 580 hp @ 8,000 rpm and 393 ft-lbs of torque @ 6,500 rpm. They did however, share the same 7-speed dual-clutch transmission as used on the all-wheel drive cars.
Due to the reduced weight, the LP580-2 variants had the same power-to-weight ratios as their all-wheel drive counterparts and could accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and 3.6 seconds, in the coupé and Spyder models respectively. Top speed was 199 mph in each car.
Aesthetically, the LP580-2 models could be distinguished from the LP610-4 models with a couple of understated design cue changes - namely, a slightly different front bumper and larger air vents at the rear. The Spyder version also continued to use the same soft-top mechanism seen on the LP610-4.
The LP580-2 was a real boon for both the purist and the cost-conscious buyer alike; the return of a rear-wheel drive Lamborghini gave many fans a cause to celebrate, while the cost savings of around US$40,000 over the all-wheel drive models was the proverbial cherry on top.
Huracán LP640-4 Performanté (2017-2019) & Spyder (2018-2019)
Similar to how the Aventador had its SV models, so too would the Huracán get its own rendition of a track-focused variant. Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the then-latest iteration of the Huracán was dubbed the LP640-4 Performanté. It was produced in both coupé and Spyder (released in 2018) configurations, with the latter weighing around 125 kg more due to the drop-top mechanism and extra chassis reinforcements.
The Performanté took the largest leap in terms of improvements and changes compared to any of the previous Huracán models, with significant revisions to the car’s appearance, engine performance, electronics, aerodynamics, and chassis. Most notably, it is the first Huracán model to feature Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA), which is Italian tech-talk for Lamborghini’s active aerodynamics system.
For starters, forged aluminum and additional carbon fiber components helped take the weight down by about 40 kg compared to the LP610-4, while the revised front and rear fascias and large carbon fiber side skirts provided a much more aggressive, purposeful and distinctive appearance for the Performanté. The interior was also updated with redesigned seats and a new digital gauge cluster.
Visual differences aside, these changes served a much more influential purpose, especially as it pertains to the Performantés performance CV. Features such as the large carbon fiber rear wing and rear diffuser were all components of Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva, which could allow the car to maximize grip during turns, while reducing drag for high-speed moments.
In totality, the Performanté was simply spectacular. The 5.2L naturally-aspirated V10 was the most powerful version yet, producing 640 hp @ 8,000 rpm and 443 ft-lbs of torque @ 6,500 rpm. It could hit 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds. At its peak, it generated some 750% more downforce than the standard models. The magnetorheological suspension and Lamborghini Dynamic Steering system were improved to provide more precise control.
Far be it from Lamborghini to settle for the LP640-4 doing little more than padding the spec sheet, as the Performanté would test its mettle in October 2016 at the ultimate proving grounds - the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Then and there, it set the production car lap record of 6:52.01 with factory race driver Marco Mapelli behind the wheel.
The capabilities of Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva were on full display, with the active aerodynamics system playing the biggest role in this achievement. As the Nürburgring is a demanding mix of both high-speed straights and challenging corners, ALA truly excelled as it was able to adapt the car to any situation.
Where other cars with elaborate fixed aerodynamic setups (or primitive active aerodynamics systems) would suffer from drag, the Performanté could be optimized for top speed, while reverting back to a high-downforce setting to provide extra grip when required.