Lamborghini Huracan To Receive "At Least Five" Derivatives
It’s been established that the Lamborghini has huge plans for the Huracan. The car, after all, is the official successor to the Lamborghini Gallardo, regarded as the most popular Lamborghini of all time. So if the Huracan wants to live up to the bar set by the Gallardo, it needs to create its own identity as a legitimate modern-day supercar. One way to do that is to expand the range of Huracan models, similar to what Lamborghini did with the Gallardo. Well, it turns out that Lambo is set to do just that.
Speaking with Autocar, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann confirmed plans for the Huracan to give birth to future derivatives. WInkelmann hinted that “at least five” variants of the Huracan will be released, paving the way for the possibility that more versions of the supercar will be made for the duration of the Huracan’s life, however long that’s going to be.
Right now, there are four variants that are already known: the LP610-4 coupe, LP610-4 Spyder, the LP620-2 Super Trofeo race car, and the just-announced LP580-2. The next variant, according to the Lambo boss, is likely to be a Spyder version of the LP580-2, which makes sense considering that a coupe-convertible combo always seems to work for the Italian supercar brand. But, after the LP580-2 Spyder, the possibilities start to open up. If Lamborghini upholds the Huracan’s status as the Gallardo’s successor, we may see SuperVeloce or Superleggera variants in the pipeline. Then again, if the company wants the Huracan to establish an identity of its own, it could deviate from the usual variants and develop new versions entirely.
The latter would certainly fit into the Huracan’s status as Lamborghini’s most flexible model. More importantly, the company already had a plan in mind to build derivatives of the model from the get-go, a strategy it only used in the Gallardo as the model was approaching the second half of its life. This should give Lamborghini more time to come up with unique variants for the Huracan that can check off all the key areas - “lifestyle, fun to drive, performance, high performance and race” - Lamborghini envisioned the Huracan to be.
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Why it matters
If the Huracan really wants to follow in the footsteps of the Lamborghini Gallardo, this is one of the most important steps the car has to make. Heck, it doesn’t even have to follow the Gallardo’s blueprint because Lamborghini itself has used this same method in almost all of its cars, including other recent supercars like the Murcielago and the Aventador.
The difference with the Huracan is that Lamborghini already had this plan in place even before the Huracan was released to the public. Lambo even admitted that a big part of its strategy with the Huracan was to see how many derivatives it can get out to the market. It’s no surprise that we’ve already seen four derivatives hit the market despite the fact that the Huracan isn’t celebrating its second-year launch anniversary for a few more months. That’s how quick Lambo was to anticipating the possibilities it had with the model. A big part of the effort it made in the start of the Huracan’s development was to ensure that the Huracan was engineered in such a way that it could pave the way for numerous versions to come out in the course of its life.
So, what can we reasonably expect from this? I think that Lamborghini will definitely use the SuperVeloce or Superleggera suffix on the car. I don’t think it’s going to use both, and since the Aventador already has a SuperVeloce variant, my money is on coupe and convertible versions of a Huracan Superleggera being released at some point in the future. I also think that Lamborghini will release limited edition versions of the Huracan, akin to what it did with the Aventador when it launched the ultra limited Aventador J at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. I also expect to see uprated versions of the current models at some point in the future.
Whatever happens with the Huracan, I’m thrilled to know that Lamborghini isn’t resting on its laurels with the car and is determined to ensure that the Huracan more than lives up to the obscenely high standards set by its predecessor.
Read our full review on the 2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 here.