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Lamborghini's epic Huracan: 'Driving my dream car' in SA

2018-03-27 15:01

Janine Van der Post

Image: Wheels24 / Janine Van der Post

Cape Town - Ever since I can remember, I've loved cars. And I can't exactly point out when it was when I fell in love with Lamborghini, but it's been the root of my passion for all things motoring.

The past 15 years has seen me write road tests and attend numerous model launches, and I have been particularly blessed to have driven some really beautiful cars. Yet, in all that time, I had never been granted the opportunity to get behind the wheel of one of the most significant car brands in my life - Lamborghini.

Then comes along an invitation to drive a Huracan for a couple of hours. I was like a little child waiting to unwrap a highly-anticipated gift.

Novelty never wears off

After all this time, the novelty of finally getting to drive a Lamborghini was as thrilling as I thought it would have been even twenty years ago. Except, it was a lot easier than I thought it would have been.

WATCH: How to drive a Lamborghini Huracan  

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The cabin, which could easily reflect the interior of a fighter jet, is a lot less intimidating once you realise it's all relatively simple to use and once you're used to the positioning of all the buttons. It has a huge 12.3" instrument display screen displaying all your vital information, along with navigation. 

Its styling has sharp, streamlined Y-lines merging with hexagon shapes, its design follows function and is exquisite from any angle.

From the moment I hit the start button on the naturally aspirated V10 engine and the Hurucan roared to life, capturing all my senses, my dream drive was heavenly. The Huracan Coupe delivers a thunderous 449kW and 560Nm.

I was extremely nervous and thought I would stall in traffic, but driving the supercar is as easy as riding a bicycle, thanks to its 7-speed Lamborghini Doppia Frizione (LDF) dual-clutch transmission, along with its Piattaforma Inerziale Lamborghini (LPI) which the automaker says was created for accurate and real-time detection of all the chassis movements and for immediate adjustment of the car setup.

After meandering out of Cape Town traffic out into the Winelands, I could finally give the Huracan some stick behind the wheel towards Franschhoek Pass. 

The interior is extremely sporty yet elegant at the same time 

Lamborghini Cape Town made my dreams come true, albeit only a few hours. Former Lamborghini specialist Brandon Vorster tells us about every nook and cranny. He shows us the intricate details of the Huracan and just how easy it is to drive one in the two videos above.


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