COCK­PIT COM­FORT

Hong Kong Tatler - - Cars -

It takes a not in­signif­i­cant amount of self­con­fi­dence to choose a Lam­borgh­ini for your garage. The marque’s de­signs are far from sub­tle, and driv­ing them re­quires a cer­tain per­sis­tence bor­der­ing on stub­born­ness, for the cars seem to strain at the leash, never quite happy and com­fort­able in city traf­fic, al­ways want­ing to head for the open road. But a sub­tle shift has taken place with the re­lease of Lam­borgh­ini’s lat­est fire-breather, the Hu­racán, which like its pre­de­ces­sors is named af­ter a Span­ish fight­ing bull. And it has big shoes to fill, as it suc­ceeds the very suc­cess­ful Gal­lardo, of which more than 14,000 were pro­duced over 10 years.

I was handed the keys to a Hu­racán a few weeks ago and was cu­ri­ous to test Lam­borgh­ini’s claim that for the first time it has tamed the bull—that the Hu­racán has a ci­vil­ity for­eign to its pre­de­ces­sors, and that while it is com­fort­ably driv­able in ur­ban traf­fic con­di­tions, the car’s per­for­mance on the track has not been com­pro­mised.

I was pleas­antly sur­prised as I fa­mil­iarised my­self with the Hu­racán dur­ing an un­usu­ally heavy bit of mid-morn­ing Hong Kong traf­fic. The car was very well be­haved through­out my time at the wheel, never chomp­ing at the bit, and drove smoothly in all traf­fic con­di­tions. The dual-clutch gear­box is a first for Lam­borgh­ini, and the gear se­lec­tion can eas­ily be left en­tirely to the car. It tends to be­have like an au­to­matic gear­box, though, as it never fully dis­en­gages even when stopped; the car will start mov­ing for­ward if you take your foot off the brake pedal.

In less con­gested con­di­tions, the Hu­racán comes into its own dy­nam­i­cally, with su­perb road­hold­ing and, thank­fully, a very pleas­ing ex­haust note that makes me lament the tur­bocharg­ing trend that has greatly af­fected the me­chan­i­cal orches­tra. The “Anima”

FROM TOP: THE ANIMA SWITCH OF­FERS THE CHOICE OF THREE DRIV­ING STYLES; THE TA­CHOME­TER TAKES PRIDE OF PLACE ON THE IN­STRU­MENT PANEL

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