GTspirit photographer David Kaiser spent a weekend in Italy with a beautiful Lamborghini Huracan. Enjoy his story and photos from 72 hours with the Huracan!
Arriving at the Lamborghini factory, a beautiful Verde Mantis Huracan was waiting for us at the main entrance, surrounded by tourists and museum visitors which took the chance of getting a closer look to the latest V10 model.
The Verde Mantis green metallic paint is one of the best fitting colours for the Huracan; fresh, agile, compact, outstanding, shiny and aggressive, those are attributes which fit the Huracan perfectly. The first element which puts a smile on my face is the door handle, which pops out when you push the opening button. This roadtrip will not focus on the car’s details, on the driving performance or how it compares to other brands – for a more detailed look please read our Lamborghini Huracan review. This roadtrip instead is just that, a roadtrip, to explore the Huracan’s broad range of capabilities.
Driving the Huracan is a great pleasure. The V10 sound screams when accelerating and the noise when downshifting is something I could listen to all day long. The car is easy to drive in city traffic (as long as you are careful on the throttle) and very accurate on curvy roads. The field of view is good but the A-pillar sometimes creates a blind spot in left turns. Being tall driving sports cars is obviously a handicap and the low roof height of the Huracan makes it difficult to accommodate this 187 cm driver. Nevertheless, my wife enjoyed driving the car as much as I did as we have both driven previous Gallardo models and it was easy to adapt to the modern Huracan.
It’s amazing how much attention this car gets, even in Sant’Agata Bolognese area where Lamborghinis are a common sight. Other road users suddenly wave when they realise what is approaching and children almost fall off their bicycles in sheer amazement. Even bikers salute you like they only do to other bikers. It’s only in Italy where a sports car likes this gets so much attention as everybody smiles from ear-to-ear when they see you. Even revving the engine is applauded and captured by locals on their mobile phones.
Just a few minutes away from the factory is the newly opened Museo Ferruccio Lamborghini, now located in Funo di Argelato. The museum was originally founded by Ferruccio’s son, Tonino, in Dosso Italy. It is now situated at a larger location and the museum is managed by the grandson, Fabio Lamborghini. A more detailed report about the museum will be available soon at GTspirit.com.
Soon after positioning the Huracan in front of the old company logo for a quick photoshoot, Fabio came out with a group of museums visitors to have a look at the latest entry-sportscar from Lamborghini. He explained that the light green colour was first introduced on the Miura (Verde Miura) and has spawned a number of different bright green variations.
Soon enough, it was time to hit the road as the Bologna Apennines Mountains were waiting. We were welcomed by perfect summer weather for a drive, with the thermostat hitting 33°C in the direct sun. We chose to drive west towards Firenze on some small roads in the hills. In the past, these roads we part of the famous Bologna-Raticosa Hill Climb, one of the most challenging hill climbs in Italy and Europe and actually the longest-running uphill automobile race in the world. Nowadays, the Futa and Raticosa passes are often visited by the Mille Miglia.
We were soon surrounded by dozens of bikers as Raticosa pass is the mecca for bikers (the Mugello area in general). The Huracan had absolutely no trouble keeping up with the fast motorbikes when pushed. It was therefore no surprise that the Huracan immediately got massive respect from the bikers and was allowed to park on the summit next to the 100+ bikes. The typically small restaurant/bar Chalet Raticosa, offers sensational sandwiches freshly made with local Proscuttio or Salame.
The landscape was breathtaking and we stopped several times to enjoy the views and feel the blistering heat in the countryside. Of course, the green supercar was surrounded by people whenever we stopped and congratulated us on owning it (we wish!). Two questions were asked every time, “How much horsepower?” and “How fast can it go?” For a Lamborghini as bright as this one, the curiosity of locals is justified.
On the second day of our trip, GTspirit’s resident motorvalley-photographer Matteo Grazia joined us and we spent an afternoon in the countryside shooting the beast in action. There isn’t an angle where the Huracan doesn’t look absolutely epic.
After the hard work in the summer heat, it was time to relax and enjoy the Italian kitchen while looking back on the great drive we had. The famous MAGGI restaurant is known for the “best pizza in Reggio Emilia” according to locals and it certainly didn’t disappoint. We ended up sipping a Limoncello (Italian lemon liquor) on the terrace, looking at the Huracan and chatting with other guests about it – what more do you want? Perhaps the upcoming Lamborghini Huracan Spyder would have been the cherry on top, but we’ll have to wait a little longer for that…
One questions remains however; how does the Huracan behaves on its natural habitat, a racetrack like Imola? Well, that’s another great story I will tell the next time!