Things have changed a lot in my lifetime. Fashion-sense has undoubtedly improved significantly. We have become more health-conscious and more aware of nature and ‘going green’. None of this matters though. Well, it actually does but it distracts from the point of the article. You never used to see a supercar unless you were at a show or exhibition, seeing one on the road was a rarity.
There was a good reason for this though. Back in the 1970s for instance, manufacturers made a lot less supercars than they do now. They are only made when there’s a market for them and more people can afford them these days. Well, when I say ‘afford’ I mean there are more finance options available to us now than there ever were back then.
Back to my point – supercars were different back then. There were different expectations from the owners. They had to have different expectations as things were more likely to wrong. This, to many, was just part of the package and ‘fun’ of owning a supercar at the time.
Things have changed though. Supercars are actually way more common than they used to be. They are produced in higher volumes, much higher volumes. We have changed also though. More people are owning these cars than they ever did in the past, becoming more affordable due to more attractive finance options available to the masses.
We, the general public, don’t and won’t accept ‘unreliable’ anymore. Whether it’s the latest VR headset, a dishwasher, or a Lambo. If you buy something – it needs to work.
Which brings us to the Huracán, the successor to the Gallardo – the car that saved Lamborghini and was their first model to be produced in serious volume. Is the Huracán similar to a supercar from 40 years ago (and has the reliability to go with it) or is it a true, modern supercar? Let’s see…
Is the Lamborghini Huracán reliable? Yes, the Lamborghini Huracán is extremely reliable. Since production started in 2014 there have been no major problems reported with the supercar. If a supercar could ever be described as ‘bulletproof’ it would be the Lamborghini Huracán.
Lamborghini Huracán Overview
The Lamborghini Huracán replaced the hugely successful Gallardo in 2014 and is still in production today.
There have been many variants of this model since its release but broadly speaking, it is still the same car – powered by a 5.2 liter V10 engine that delivers more performance than you are ever likely to desire. We don’t buy Lambo’s for just their performance though, we buy them because of how they look and how they sound – the Huracán did not disappoint.
Below are the main versions of the Huracán produced since this time:
In production from 2014-2019, the Coupe was the first iteration of the Huracán and apart from the obvious physical differences between it and the Gallardo, the interior presented a big leap forward.
The dashboard looked more like a supercar of its time, rather than the somewhat out-dated Gallardo’s (although some people do still prefer the older style).
The convertible Huracán was available between 2016 and 2019 and shared the same power unit as the Coupe. This meant you would arrive at 60 mph from a standing start in just 3.4 seconds, with a maximum velocity of 201 mph.
The Spyder was (predictably) a little heavier than the Coupe and because of this, the acceleration was 0.2 seconds slower than the Coupe to 60 mph.
The Huracán Performante was produced between 2017 and 2019 in Coupe form and the Spyder between 2018 and 2019. This was considered the track-focused variant.
Although the engine remained the V10 5.2-liter lump, it was significantly tuned and with the additional weight losses made, brought the acceleration to 60 mph down to just 2.9 seconds and meant it would flat-line at 209 mph.
In 2019 a major facelift to the Huracán was produced. This shared the engine enhancements that were perfected in the Performante. Apart from aesthetic changes, many other changes were applied – including a rear-wheel steering system and a torque vectoring system. Having driven the Evo last year I can honestly say the feel of the car is remarkably different to the base Huracán, like night and day.
In addition to the above major changes, there was an interior facelift that massively enhanced the technology available when inside the cockpit.
What do we mean by ‘unreliable’?
I don’t want to state the obvious but this word means different things to different people. So let me explain what I am talking about here.
A producer of supercars would soon flounder if they developed a reputation for being rather unreliable. There are way too many cars to choose from these days when it comes to your first supercar. Let me give you an example. I used to own an old VW Beetle (not a supercar, I appreciate) but I had no idea whether when I turned the key in the ignition each morning whether it would start or not. Now, that’s what I’m classifying as ‘unreliable’.
If we are going to categorize a supercar as ‘unreliable’ we need the below statements to be true:
- Problems with a part of the car that can impact it functioning in the manner you would expect. These problems will have been highlighted across social media but haven’t been recognized by the supercar manufacturer and therefore a fix or recall is considered unlikely.
- Several defects with the supercar that the manufacturer has publically accepted and recalls were required to fix them. Using the supercar without getting these problems resolved can cause the car to be unreliable.
- Issues with the car that should be relatively easy to fix but sourcing the resolution is problematic due to the availability of the part in question or the cost is too high.
So, just to summarise – we will be highlighting any potential issues that could negatively impact your experience with owning the car. To give an example (as I had one of these cars), the Porsche 986 has a known issue with its Intermediate Shaft Bearing that can destroy the engine if you’re somewhat unlucky. This doesn’t make the 986 car unreliable though as there is a fix available for it. However, if you owned a car that has a known problem with a starter motor than in certain conditions can prevent it from starting, then this would be classed as unreliable.
What are the known Huracán problems?
Firstly, the Huracán was initially received with mixed reviews. The motoring press didn’t like the fact that this latest Lambo had appeared to lose its aggressive looks that they were well known for.
Some people didn’t like the lack of visibility inside and thought it was a bit ‘too easy’ to drive. With a supercar, they expected a challenge. But is this really a valid argument? Of course, it’s not – it’s a personal preference.
The Lamborghini Huracán has no known problems. I don’t think I’ve been able to say that before. This is a bullet-proof supercar and indeed, this has been the case since we first saw them in 2014. There are also zero recalls for this model.
How much will the Lamborghini Huracán cost each year?
You will need to get the Huracán serviced every year or every 9,000 miles – so typically it will be annually. Although the cost is more than your average car, it’s not too bad. A typical annual service will cost you around $1,000 – assuming there’s nothing majorly wrong with it.
However, it should be said that this is classed as a ‘minor’ service – if you need a major service then it could cost up to $4,000 – again, depending on what needs to be changed.
Tires should last you at least a couple of years, depending on how many miles you put on of course but when replaced you should budget for around $1,000 for a set of four.
Should I buy a warranty?
When someone asks me whether they should buy an extended warranty – my answer is always the same. Yes, you should buy a warranty – if you can afford it! It’s a gamble really. With my Gallardo I chose not to, I’m taking a risk and hoping that nothing major goes wrong. The fact is I simply would not have been able to afford the finance payments with the extended warranty added on. So for me, it was a simple choice – either get one without a warranty or don’t get one at all.
If you want to buy an extended warranty on your Huracán it will cost you somewhere around $4,000 every year. That’s a lot of cash and considering how reliable the Huracán is, the chances are you won’t need to use it. However, if $4,000 didn’t mean anything to me I would still get one. Mind you, if $4k didn’t mean anything to me I probably would buy an Aventador!
Conclusion – is the Lamborghini Huracán reliable?
It’s a very simple question to answer, unlike when answering the same question about many other supercars. The Lamborghini Huracán is an extremely reliable car and you will have to be pretty unlucky if yours develops a major problem during your ownership.
Finally, if you’re wondering what the cheapest Lamborghini is – take a look at my article, you may (or may not) be surprised.
If you’re wondering whether you can afford a supercar then take a look at my book all about it – it could (and will) save you thousands. Many people are surprised to learn that after looking at the numbers they can actually buy one for themselves!