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2015 Lamborghini Huracán first drive

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The Huracán's innate dynamic balance also makes good sense when you consider the Huracán's aluminum-and-carbon chassis is now 10 percent lighter and 50 percent stiffer than the Gallardo's. Drag is also reduced by 3 percent while downforce is up more than 50 percent, improving grip at speed and resulting in 8 percent greater efficiency. Add in the new electronically controlled center differential, a major upgrade from the viscous unit in the Gallardo which allows more precise distribution of torque to all four wheels, and the whole system comes together in an eminently competent whole.

We can't quite agree with Lamborghini's assertions during the press briefing before the track session that the Huracán is "the perfect car," or "the best car on track and the street," but we can applaud Lamborghini for getting far closer to those ideals than with any other car we've driven from the brand--and closer than many other brands have ever come.

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There are just two items of concern for the Huracán on track: the brakes and the cooling. While the brakes never seemed to experience fade due to heat, they were prone to some odd and unpredictable behavior thanks to a computer algorithm designed to handle panic stops. If engaged due to a loss or reduction of traction at one wheel, or if the brake pedal is engaged too suddenly, the system causes the brake pedal to become excessively firm, and the lack of travel creates a momentary panic in the driver before the realization that the car is, in fact, still stopping just fine sets in.

The second quibble--cooling--is an overall concern, as we had the Huracán enter an overheat "limp mode" behavior during the track session. When overheated, the Huracán limits engine revs to 6,000 rpm and takes over gear shifts to use the highest gear possible--clearly a damper for track-day fun. The circumstances of our journalist track day likely had a strong role in the overheating, however, with the cars being lapped repeatedly with minimal time to cool down on a warm day. An individual driving their own car at a track day would likely never experience the issue.

2015 Lamborghini Huracán first drive

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The Street

Having exorcised our speed demons, we headed out for a quick trip through the mountains to see how the Huracán performs in the real world, where 99.9% of these cars will see 99.999999% of their miles. Again, the most apt comparison is to the Audi R8 V10 Plus, and again, the comparison is a good thing. The Huracán is comfortable, quiet, and well-mannered.

Even over very bumpy roads (a detour took us off-route and onto some roads to which no Lamborghini owner would willingly subject their prized steed), the Huracán's composition and poise was unshaken. It's a super sports car, to be sure, and the bumps are noticeable, but the magneto-rheological dampers make the ride smoother than it has any right to be.

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In town, the Huracán's width becomes very, very apparent. Passing traffic in the next lane can be a haunting experience, especially on a narrow Andalucian street, and doubly if that traffic consists of large trucks. The width also makes U-turns, parking, and all forms of low-speed maneuvering a bit trickier than in any normal machine--but that's the price you pay for the Huracán's wild performance, comfortable cabin, and hey-look-at-me styling.

The price you'll pay to own a Huracán in the U.S. starts at $237,250. That figure can rise as far as your budget will allow should you wish to engage the Ad Personam customization service for unique colors, materials, or other features.

2015 Lamborghini Huracán first drive

2015 Lamborghini Huracán first drive

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The Rockstar

Something that neither the on-track abilities nor on-road manners of the Huracán can express is the instant rockstar status one obtains by simply being in--or near--the Huracán. People of all ages and genders will give you thumbs up. Some will follow you in their cars, shooting video with their phones and gesticulating madly. Many will assume you're someone famous.

In a way, you are: You drive a Huracán.

Part of the Huracán's magic is its design, a drop-dead gorgeous array of curves and acute angles that recalls something of the Countach's sharp-nosed, high-tailed futuristic wedge shape, mingling it with the aerospace-era themes of the Reventón, and yet coming out the other side of the looking glass with a completely unique, fresh take on the inimitably Lamborghini way of shaping a car.

Another part of the Huracán's magic is the sound. Raucous and unrepentant, the nearly all-new V-10 engine barks, growls, screams, and moans with the best of the cylinder-driven symphony. It's an experience not just for the driver or passenger, but for the tiny slice of the world that surrounds the Huracán as it flashes by.

Rolled in with its dynamic ability and civic civility, the magnetism of the look and sound makes the Huracán not just one of our favorite cars, but the best Lamborghini we've ever driven.

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