Lamborghini has become synonymous with exotic supercars, but while the company has released several classics, the ones people really like to compare are the Huracan and the Aventador. Each one is a supercar in its own right and puts other sports cars to shame, but which is better?
The Lamborghini Huracán
The Huracan has the same 5.2 L V10 engine that the Gallardo uses, and it is set to 610 PS (449 kW; 602 hp). It is a mid-engine car and has multi-point and fuel injection options, the first V10 that has this system. In addition, the Huracan has a unique start stop mechanism built in.
In terms of performance, the Huracan can reach a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph) and can go from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds flat. The Huracan can also go from 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.9 seconds and has a power weight ratio of 2.36 kg (5.20 lb) per HP. The Huracan is an all wheel drive that’s fully electronically controlled, and it’s notable for its improved traction on different terrains.
The car’s transmission uses the ‘Doppia Frizione’ (Dual Clutch) gearbox, allowing it to function in different ways depending on the mode you choose. In addition, the Huracan is equipped with a suspension system that’s magnetically controlled, using magnetorheological fluid to modify suspension behavior, ensuring superior driving performance.
The Huracan comes with several interior options that make riding and driving in the car more comfortable, and it comes with full control over the seats’ heating along with the electric backrest and lengthwise adjustment. Options are also available for leather upholstering and installing a navigational system.
The Huracan also uses the state of the art technology including full LED lighting for nighttime driving. There’s also an optional Dynamic Steering that makes the Huracan handle more like a racing car. There’s also a mode selector so you can drive either in race, street or sport mode. By selecting one of these, the car will automatically change the system setting to conform with the mode you chose.
Lamborghini Huracán Specs
• Displacement: 5,204 cm3 (317.6 cu in)
• Power: 610 PS (449 kW; 602 hp) @ 8,250 rpm
• Torque: 560 N•m (413 lb•ft) @ 6,500 rpm
• Length: 4,459 mm (175.6 in)
• Width: 1,924 mm (75.7 in)
• Height: 1,165 mm (45.9 in)
• Curb weight: 1,422 kg (3,135 lb)
• Engine: 5.2 L V10
• Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual
The Lamborghini Aventador
The Lamborghini Aventador, like the Huracan, is a mid-engine car available in 2-door coupé and 2-door roadster styles. The Aventador was launched in February 28, 2011 in Geneva and following its release, the company announced that the Aventador was the successor to the Murciélago as the flagship line.
The Aventador’s design was done under Lamborghini Centro Stile headed by Filippo Perini. Just like the classic Reventon, the Aventador makes extensive use of planar surfaces and sharp creases which are in line with the company’s styling. A close look at the Aventador shows how much of it is inspired by modern aircraft, particularly the F-22 Raptor and the F-117A Nighthawk.
The name Aventador was given after a fighting bull, and like other Lamborghinis, only a limited number (4,000) will be produced. The molds for each car use carbon fiber and the shape is somewhat reminiscent of the Reventon and their other concept cars.
The Aventador LP 700–4 relies on the 700 PS (510 kW; 690 bhp) V12 engine, and it’s the company’s second V12. In terms of performance the car goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and has an officially recorded top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph). However, during a test run done by Auto magazine the Aventador was able to reach speeds of up to 370 km/h (230 mph).
The transmission is a seven-speed semi-automatic single clutch, and despite being only single clutch, it’s capable of gear shifts in 50 milliseconds, something other cars can only dream of. The new system was created by Haldex Traction and provides superior handling and traction, and in terms of features the Aventador is definitely a fourth generation model, relying as it does on Lamborghini’s latest technology.
Lamborghini Aventador Specifications
• Engine: 6.5 L L539 V12
• Transmission: 7-speed ISR Semi-automatic transmission
• Length: 4,780 mm (188.19 in)
• Width: 2,030 mm (79.92 in)
• Height: 1,136 mm (44.72 in)
• Curb weight: 1,575 kg (3,472 lb) (dry)
• Horsepower: 700 hp @ 8250 rpm
Based on the specs, the Aventador is superior to the Huracan, but the catch of course is the price tag, as the Aventador costs $150,000 more. Also the specifications don’t always tell the real story as some road tests indicate the Huracan is faster to the 0-60 mph than the Aventador. But really you can’t go wrong with either one, or any model by Lamborghini for that matter.
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