The Lamborghini Huracan Is Making Believers Out of Us All

lambpFor Lamborghini, the Gallardo model was the brand’s top selling vehicle of all-time. During its decade long run, there were over 14,000 Gallardo’s produced, ranging in the $180-$210 thousand dollar range. It was a car that countless celebrities and big wig CEO’s wanted in on, and it was even featured on 60 Minutes. However, times have changed, and at this week’s Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini showcased the Gallardo predecessor: the Huracan.

Leading up to its release, many critics were wondering if the Huracan could live up to the reputation of the Gallardo. USA Today writer, Chris Woodyard, says, “Huracan has big tires to fill: It is the replacement for the Lamborghini Gallardo, probably the best known supercar that brand has ever produced.” For Lamborghini, this type of pressure was no surprise. It only added to their determination to build an even better super car, which is exactly what they’ve done.

Amazingly at this week’s Geneva Motor Show, spectators were finally able to see the Huracan up close and in all its beauty. Immediately, the first thing that pops out is that the body of the Huracan features less sharp angles, providing a smoother, sleeker vehicle. Adding to the wave of change, this new ride will be powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that fires up a superb 610 horsepower (this is an upgrade from the Gallardo’s 562 horsepower). Also, to build on the upgrades, the Huracan has both direct and indirect gas injection that is designed to provide better performance and fuel economy than the Gallardo.

Lamborghini CEO, Stephen Winklemann, says, “We wanted a redefinition of the supercar. We wanted a car that was easy and comfortable to drive on the roads and absolutely the highest performance on the tracks. And we wanted to bring innovative technology and absolute performance. It will be a milestone within Lamborghini’s history.” So far, it seems that Lamborghini has done just that. Reportedly, there are already over 1000 orders for the new car.

Across the web, writers and bloggers have been clamoring about the new technology that Lamborghini promised and delivered on. This car’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission has clocked in at a top speed of 202 mph and a 0-62 speed of 3.2 seconds. Adding to the innovation is Lamborghini’s attempt to improve fuel efficiency- a long time criticism of the car. To do this, the Huracan has implemented a start-stop technology that automatically shuts off the car’s engine at stop lights.

Already, in the early hours after its release, the critics have all been silenced, and the Gallardo has seemed to fade off into our distant memories. Instead, all people can talk about is how great the Lamborghini Huracan is.

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Would You Feel Safe In a Small, Hybrid Car?

The Chevrolet Spark was the only smaller car to earn an "acceptable" crash test rating.

The Chevrolet Spark was the only smaller car to earn an “acceptable” crash test rating.

Grabbing a hybrid car and going green is great for nature and a driver’s self-esteem. For hybrid drivers, it’s great for bragging rights and showcasing what a great person they are. After all, drivers of hybrid cars are protecting the environment and the future for upcoming generations. Unfortunately though, they may not be protecting themselves.

This past week, a number of the tiniest cars on the road failed miserably in the new small overlap crash test. The test, administered by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), put nearly a dozen smaller cars through the process, and only one- the Chevrolet Spark- walked away with an “Acceptable” rating. Every other car earned less than stellar ratings.

Out of all the cars, the worst performing were the Honda Fit and the Fiat 500. According to reports, both of their passenger side compartments were “seriously compromised.” Also, the reports indicate that the driver side doors of the Fiat 500 were torn open, creating the risk of the driver being ejected from the vehicle.

Out of all the cars that were tested, none performed worse than the Fiat 500.

Out of all the cars that were tested, none performed worse than the Fiat 500.

IIHS vice president Joe Nolan commented on the results, saying, “Small, lightweight vehicles have an inherent safety disadvantage. That’s why it’s even more important to choose one with the best occupant protection. Unfortunately, as a group, mini cars aren’t performing as well as other vehicle categories in the small-overlap crash.” During this year’s crash test, the process was amped up to another level; the IIHS wanted cars to be fully responsible for any potential dangers. As a result, there was a 70 percent decrease in “Acceptable” crash test ratings.

In the days since the initial report, media outlets have been swarming on this news story, creating a whirlwind of bad publicity for smaller, hybrid cars. To battle the bad publicity, companies that failed the crash test have already issued statements. In a USA Today article, spokesman Russ Rader is quoted as saying, “There is no reason they can’t re-engineered to perform well in the tests. Often, the problem is that the main shock-absorbing materials are bypassed or missed when an offset crash test is conducted.”

This quote definitely sounds good, but would we expect these companies to say anything different? They would never admit to having a dangerous, less secure vehicle. Another thing: shouldn’t they have been prepared for this test beforehand? Why wouldn’t they have been?

Walking away from this story, I’m left with thinking one thing: If I was in a car accident and my life was on the line, I don’t think that I’d want to be in a small, hybrid car.