It is late November in Vancouver British Columbia, the weather is wet and miserable and yet I find myself cruising up the Sea the Sky Highway in a bright red Lamborghini Huracan Spyder. When in a Lamborghini Spyder it is imperative that I put the top down in spite of the weather being a balmy 5 degrees. This is the tale of my day long adventure testing Santa’s sleek, stylish and superfast new sled…Ok maybe it was just an early Christmas present for me.
The Huracan is the replacement for the Lamborghini Gallardo, whose ten year long production run made it Lamborghini’s bestselling model; with 14,022 Gallardo’s being built in Sant Agata Bolognese. The Huracan (Spanish for Hurricane) debuted at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, with the spyder version revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015. Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder of course, but for me the Huracan is an extremely good looking supercar; one that you immediately want to drive from the moment you see it nestled in your garage or as in this case in the owner of this particular Huracan’s garage. At the heart of the Huracan is a 5.2 L V10 engine which you really cannot see when you lift the engine lid on the Huracan Spyder as the folding mechanism for the roof takes up most of the engine bay. The bit you are left with is distinctly uneventful, not to worry simply start the engine and you will be forget all about that minor defect as you get to sample the six hundred and ten horses catapulting you down the road to one hundred kilometers in 3.4 seconds and onwards. If you have the privacy of a racetrack and the nerve you will attain 323 kilometers per hour (200 miles per hour).
Styling aside, the major revelation of this Lamborghini has been the adoption (finally) of a 7 speed Doppia Frizione dual clutch transmission. The Gallardo and its big brother the Lamborghini Aventador have been saddled with a single clutch transmission for some time now. I was fortunate to drive an Aventador spyder for a few years, so I am very familiar with the single clutch transmission. It was clunky and in my opinion took away something from the driving experience though to be fair the Aventador has a V12 beast that is meant to be exercised regularly on vast open roads not just to poodle around downtown Vancouver (though of course you can). When it comes to supercar double clutch gearboxes Ferrari is the undoubted master, but the Huracan Lamborghini comes close to matching Ferrari’s smoothness and instant pickup. The Huracan responds crisply to any gearshift, while also being quite content to shift by itself if you leave it in automatic. The paddle shifters are long fixed elegant sculptures that are located behind the steering, with light pulls for upshift (right) or downshifts (left). While trundling about at low speeds the Huracan does tend to hold onto its gears a little longer than might be necessary, however a quick upshift settles the car down.
The party button that changes the characteristics of the Huracan’s performance can be found at the base of the square bottomed steering wheel, this mode selector is theatrically named ANIMA (Adaptive Network Intelligent Management), which controls the engine, the transmission, the all-wheel drive and the electronic stability. You can select between strada (street), sport and corsa (race). I found myself putting the Huracan in sport mode most of the time. In this mode the steering wheels tightens up significantly becoming much heavier, but it is accompanied by an increase in aural pleasure from the V10’s exhaust pipes.
Supercars are known for their eccentricities, like impractical doors that make it difficult to get in or out off. Italian supercars place buttons in all sorts of odd places. The last generation of the Gallardo had its reverse button located to the left of the steering wheel. Once I was in dire need of reverse in a Gallardo which led to some frantic searching for reverse, I latched onto the button labelled R and fortunately reverse was engaged. The Huracan has done away with stalk mounted indicators and gone for a sliding button located on the steering wheel. You are meant to use your left thumb to control the indicators. A firm push either left or right was the easy bit, however getting the signal to cancel I eventually figured out was to hold the button down in the center position. I freely admit that it had me flummoxed for most of the day. Many drivers in my vicinity were treated to a bizarre set of indicator signals. No doubt living with the Huracan one would acclimatise to this procedure.
With daylight at a premium at this time of year I set off bright and early into what promised to be a rain free day. The Sea to Sky Highway was made for supercars so my plan was to take the Huracan from Vancouver up to the ski resort of Whistler and then back to Vancouver. The weather grew worse the further north I went but the Huracan handled all the road conditions with poise and control. It was such a thrill to be driving a gorgeous red Lamborghini with the top down in winter. The heated seats and heater made for a cozy cockpit. The sighting of multiple police officers engaging with fellow motorists by the side of the road tempered my enthusiasm with the throttle peddle. When I was at last able to indulge the performance of the Huracan I was rewarded with a fast, agile and predictable supercar (There was an Alfa 4C I drove earlier in the year that had a mind of its own when you opened up the throttle.) The Huracan eats long journeys for breakfast. The seats are extremely comfortable, and lovely to look at in red leather with the word HURACAN stenciled across them.
No supercar adventure is complete without encountering fellow motoring enthusiasts. As I was taking pictures in various locations people would come on over for a chat. I always enjoy engaging with enthusiasts and giving them an insight into what it is like to drive a supercar. Once you get past the price it then becomes about the looks and how it drives. Deservingly so the Huracan was photographed a great many times during the day, (one fellow took pictures with a rather long lens while still sitting inside a restaurant.) Along with the photos came numerous thumbs ups from fellow motorists. It’s always a wonderful thing to help put a smile on someone’s face.
I started off the year testing a gorgeous blu corsa Ferrari spider and so it is fitting to end the year with a vibrant red Lamborghini Huracan Spyder. I still have a huge grin on my face from my Huracan thrill ride. I would like to thank Dr. Sam for kindly allowing me the opportunity to get behind the wheel of this Huracan Spyder. With its all-wheel drive system the Huracan is a supercar for all seasons. Happy motoring and have a merry and safe holiday season.