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2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 - Behind the Lines

A designer's take at the new Huracan

Ezekiel Wheeler
Dec 1, 2014

Thank goodness for Lamborghini. While other manufacturers display a lack of nerve and imagination, the Raging Bull keeps coming out with machines that couldn't be mistaken for any other supercar, that make no apologies for their flashiness, with designs that are confident and comfortable with the avant-garde. Cars like the Huracan.

This successor to the wildly successful Gallardo is the latest chapter of a story told in metal. The man responsible for its design is Filippo Perini, director of Lamborghini Centro Stile since 2006. While holding this post, he has also created the Reventon and Aventador. In one of his previous jobs, he came up with the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. So we're looking at someone whose name could soon be mentioned with the same reverence as people like Bertone, Pininfarina and Gandini.

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Just as the Huracan carries the Gallardo's torch, Perini took the baton from Luc Donckerwolke, the man behind the Murcielago. And he has run with it. Right now, he's the Usain Bolt of car design.

Take a head-on view for a greater appreciation of the creases in the hood and the symmetry of the shallow angles. Above the huge hexagonal air intakes are similar-shaped headlights containing LED strips in Y formations. Even the door mirrors get in on the six-sided action.

Studying the Huracan's profile, it's clear that the line traced from the road-kissing front lip only arcs up to the hood, windshield and roof as minimally as possible. Maybe just a little less than necessary, as if the basic ergonomic needs of humans are of little concern. Geometry goes three-dimensional for the cooling ducts and hooded C-pillars.

At the tail, things get cleaner and more elongated. Notice how either side of the rear valance reflects the taillamps and how the quad exhaust tips follow the rising line of the valance's lower edges. Those lamps also have Y-shaped LED strips.

By Ezekiel Wheeler
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