1. It’s kinda the end of the line
The Huracan range got pretty confusing in the last few years. But as the model enters its twilight years the new Tecnica makes things nice and simple. For most people this will be the Huracan to go for; the sweet spot in a three-car range. Above it, as a kind of GT3-style flagship, sits the STO. And alongside it, for fans of a tan generated as much by 180mph windblast as the sun’s rays, sits the Spyder. That’s it. Simple.
UK pricing is yet to be confirmed but expect little change from £200k.
At least that considerable wedge buys you the best-looking, most advanced and most versatile Huracan yet. It gets gorgeous new hexagon-themed wheels, re-styled front and rear ends (for more downforce and less drag, as well as cooler looks) and plenty of sweet details from various recent Lamborghinis, including side-window graphics inspired by the monstrous Essenza SCV12 track car. Lamborghini also promises it can do it all. (Apart from take a family on holiday or move a wardrobe, obviously.)
2. The engine’s a monster
While most of its rivals went turbocharged years ago, for more torque and marginally less offensive efficiency and emissions numbers, Lamborghini has stuck with its naturally-aspirated V10 (in the Huracan) and V12 (in the back of the now-retired Aventador) engines.
That’s a very good thing, because a lack of turbos makes for a tonne of beautiful noise and a throttle response so sharp it could cut marble. And we need to enjoy this engine while we can: the Huracan’s successor will likely be powered by a turbocharged V8. ]
Since it first arrived, way back in 2014, the Huracan has been busy becoming the car it always should have been. It launched with a far meeker version of this engine and effective-but-dull Audi-inspired four-wheel drive, which made it a weapon on wet roads but nowhere near as exciting as the wild styling suggested.
That’s all fixed here. The Tecnica’s engine is the full-house, 631bhp monster from the recent, track-focused STO. And none of its shove goes to the front wheels. Just brace yourself, send the rev counter swinging to the eye-watering 8200rpm redline and bask in one of the most visceral automotive experiences ever created.
3. It’s versatile and usable (for a supercar)
The Tecnica is intended to keep everyone happy, from sunny-Sunday road drivers (who’ll appreciate the smoother new mapping on the twin-clutch gearbox and the choice of fully-adjustable electric seats) to trackday fiends, who’ll love the new dynamic electronics (the Tecnica can be incredibly agile and playful in the more aggressive drive modes) and the inclusion of stuff like carbonfibre race seats, lightweight fabric door pulls and a rollcage on the options list. Fade-resistant carbon-ceramic brakes are also standard issue.
Downsides? The instruments and displays, in classic Lamborghini style, prioritise style over legibility or clarity, and there’s little doubt that, despite the serious design and engineering work that’s gone into the Tecnica, it’s inarguably a generation behind cars like Ferrari’s new 296 GTB and McLaren’s Artura.
For some, that’ll be a negative. For others, that this new Huracan – likely the best Huracan yet – still comes with a mighty 5.2-litre V10 will be the nest news they’ve had all year.
Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica: £200,000 (est), 631bhp 5.2-litre V10, 3.2sec 0-62mph, 202mph