23 April 2024
One Last Drive – Celebrating 10 Years of the Lamborghini Huracan

Has it already been a decade? Well, time flies when you’re having fun, especially if that fun is in a Lamborghini Huracan.

If I’m honest, I never really liked the Huracán when it first came out. I’ve always felt that it was overshadowed by the shock and awe that came with the Aventador, and it just felt like the “replacement” for the outgoing Gallardo.

That prejudice changed the day I went for the Huracán Spyder launch back in 2015. There, I met up with a nice chap called Stephen Winklemann, who graciously showed me around the car. Never heard of him? Maybe you should brush up on your Lamborghini history.

After getting behind the wheel of the Spyder, I finally understood why the Huracán was so revelled. To this day, I can still distinctly remember the first time I heard the sound of that raging V10 packed just behind the driver’s seat. Simply glorious.

I certainly look much older now, but the Huracan (and by extension Mr Winklemann) still looks great 10 years on. You never realise just how timeless a design can be once it’s almost gone. And sadly, the Huracan is reaching its end, along with its famed V10 thanks to increased scrutiny of global emissions. So let’s savour this while we can.

But first, a quick history lesson

The unmistakable roar of a V12 engine has been a defining trait of Lamborghini’s flagships since the revered automaker rolled out its first models in 1963. Yet, it’s the melodious V10 – a notch down in the Raging Bull’s pecking order – that has been the backbone of Lamborghini’s success over the last two decades.

Introduced with the angular Gallardo in 2003, the V10 engine has not only stood the test of time but has been refined and perfected across two decades, still powering the current Huracan lineup with vigour.

The Gallardo, during its decade on the production line, became the most prolific Lamborghini to date, with a total of 14,022 units leaving the factory. This was a figure even the V12-powered Aventador, with about 11,500 units in its own decade-long tenure, couldn’t surpass.

And then there’s the Huracan. Since its debut in 2014, it has sold a staggering 25,000 units and counting, with the production torch still burning for another ten months before it and its V10 companion are retired (a move prompted by parent company Volkswagen).

For enthusiasts, the Huracan’s successor might bring a tinge of sadness as whispers suggest it will sport a quieter V8 plug-in hybrid engine when it launches next year.

Gone will be the visceral scream of the V10, a sound so distinctive that even half a kilometre away, you could hear it approaching and know, without a glimpse, that it was indeed a Huracan thundering towards you.

Saying goodbye to a sound that will echo through future decades

I had the pleasure of taking the Lamborghini Huracan STO for a spin recently, and it was nothing short of a tribute to two decades of V10 excellence.

This is an engine that undoubtedly deserves its place in the automotive hall of fame; it stirs the soul, making the Huracan a thrilling symphony of speed and sound.

As Lamborghini prepares to usher in a new era, one can’t help but wonder: can the successor truly embody the spirit of its forebears? If Lamborghini’s storied history of engineering marvels is anything to go by, they’re more than equipped for the challenge.

Goodbye Huracan, you’ll be sorely missed. The next chapter may be different, but it’s sure to be just as exhilarating.

Photo Credits: Sean Loo (@auto.driven)

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