Thursday, April 16, 2015

2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP640-4 Superleggera

Any time Lamborghini releases a new model, there are two special versions that are all but guaranteed to follow: a roadster and a lightweight Superleggera version. With the 2015 Huracan hitting the roads back in 2014, it is just a matter of time before it receives both variants. While neither the Huracan Roadster nor the Superleggera have arrived yet, there is nothing preventing us from speculating on what these models may bring to the table. The Superleggera, for example, will bring a lower curb weight and a nice power boost, giving the Huracan better straight-line speed and more agility.

There is still no timeline for the Huracan Superleggera, but putting together the pieces of the puzzle and getting a good idea of what this model will bring to the table is simple.

Like the Gallardo Superleggera that came before it, the Huracan Superleggera’s focus will be a reduction in weight. Look for Lamborghini to use heavy amounts of carbon fiber to drop around 200 pounds from the weight of the 2015 Huracan. Also, look for special Superleggera badging.

In addition to the lightweight body, look for Lambo to add in some special aero work to increase the downforce. Look for a slightly revised front splitter and rear diffuser, and a new rear spoiler. While the extra downforce will not be dramatic, look for a few hundred extra pounds.

Expect the lightweight focus to make its way into the cabin too. I look for Lamborghini to go a little overboard with Alcantara, as it did on the Gallardo Superleggera. I also expect to see carbon-fiber seat frames, and various other carbon-fiber components, like the center tunnel cover and the bezels.

On the last Gallardo Superleggera, Lamborghini chose to retain the standard air conditioning and power windows, and I look for these to also come standard on the Huracan Superleggera.

In the drivetrain department, the Superleggera package typically comes with a mild power boost. For example, the Gallardo Superleggera jumped from 552 horsepower to 562 horsepower. In the Huracan, I expect the jump to be a little more dramatic, as Lamborghini should increase the 5.2-liter V-10 from its standard 602 horsepower to 631 ponies, which will in turn result in the model carrying the “LP640-4” designation.

Shifting duties will be the responsibility of a seven-speed dual-clutch unit that delivers power to all four wheels. The result will be a 0-to-60 time of around three seconds – the standard Huracan does the 0-to-60 dance in just 3.2 seconds.