Lamborghini Revises Huracan Handling as Part of 2016 Updates, Quietly Eliminates Understeer

Over in Sant'Agata Bolognese, packing 610 naturally aspirated horsepower into the Lamborghini Huracan is not enough. The little details of the Raging Bull's V10 supercar are also important. This is why the automaker has decided to introduce a number of updates for the 2016 model year, with the key aspect here being linked to the Huracan's handling.
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The Huracan came to the world less than two years ago, and it seems the Italians have paid attention to the feedback coming from the media and the customers.

At first, you might be tempted to say the 2016 updates are not all that important, but that's far from the truth.

Lamborghini has quietly introduced a new handling detail, stating the vehicle's all-wheel-drive system has been tweaked and now "provides a neutral and even more improved driving behavior, particularly in STRADA mode."

Reading between the lines, we remember the Huracan's greatest flaw was the greater-than-expected understeer, which can be felt particularly in Strada mode. As you work your way up to the Sport and Corsa modes, the handling does shift towards a more balanced one, but the extra aggression means you can't use those modes on a regular basis, at least not when driving on the street.

Since we found the Huracan as the first Lamborghini you can drive on a daily basis, the uninspiring handling offered in the mode you use most often for such activities had an important effect on the overall feel of the car.

Fortunately, the Huracan is the second Lamborghini (following the Aventador) to feature electronic control for its AWD. While the company hasn't mentioned the exact changes it introduced in this area, a small tweak is enough to make this bull provide the expected rage.

As for the 5.2-liter V10 heart of the Huracan, the engine has been fitted with a cylinder deactivation feature. When full power is not required, a cylinder bank can be shut down to increase efficiency. Sure, this only drops the CO2 emissions from 290 g/km to 283 g/km, but if this is the price we have to pay for Lamborghini remaining the last major supercar maker to use atmospheric engines, we're happy to do so.

The usability factor of the Huracan has been further boosted by the introduction of a travel package, which offers extra storage nets and cup holders, as well as a new 12V socket. Anybody who's driven a Gallardo with little things thrown around the cabin will understand the true value of this.

The Huracan can now be had in new colors, while customers opting for the Ad Personam program can now enjoy retro-inspired and matte hues.

While the interior leather choices are more varied, the list of options has been enriched thanks to goodies such as a Sensorum audio system, as well as LED engine compartment lighting.

With Ferrari switching to the considerably faster, twin-turbo 488 GTB and McLaren constantly upping the ante, Lamborghini's update is more than welcome. This also explains the complimentary nature of the upgrade - 2016 pricing remains unchanged, which means an MSRP of $237,250 or EUR201,705 (19% VAT included).
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