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Lamborghini Huracan

A Biblical Beast

Vengeance is Mine, and retribution, in due time their foot will slip. For the day of their calamity is near, and the impending things are hastening upon them.

Deuteronomy 32:35

You don't have to be a believer to be moved by an unimaginable force

Admitting that you have read or continue to read The Bible in this day and age isn’t quite as fashionable as it once was. A century-and-a-half ago a chap could ride into the village in a horse-drawn buggy, give his mutton chops a quick primp, straighten his dog collar a little and, within the hour, be sending the locals into a religious quasi-sexual frenzy with his command of the fire-and- brimstone end of The Good Book. But times change and quoting the Old Testament in 2018 is the social equivalent of offering to give a slideshow lecture of the time you went to Rhyl with Fred and Rose West. And this is a great shame, because some of the earlier work is a real hoot.

But there’s something else – something sadly lacking from most modern scientific discourse. The sense of the ineffably powerful, inconceivably wrathful and unknowably furious. The idea of a sentient force rampaging around the cosmos throwing thunderbolts, causing plagues of frogs and turning wives to salt for looking over their shoulder. We need this in our lives – this great fear and awe, for our own sanity. A world free from superstition and myth means we must create our own moral universe and, frankly, who wants that responsibility? Dreadful business.

We also need these arcane forms to describe a class of things for which objective measurements and precise descriptors fail to cut the mustard. Things like the Lamborghini Huracan Coupe, the nearest thing to an Old Testament experience the rational man is ever likely to encounter.

A vehicular Ark of the Covenant

Do you recall the scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where the Nazis perform a ceremony in the desert before opening the vessel that housed The Ten Commandments? Of course you do- the resulting Holy Wind melts the faces of the fascists and tears the world to bits for a few minutes.

Well that’s what it feels like you put your foot through the floor of this particular thunderbolt.

With the merest depression of the accelerator the nominally aspirated V10 powerplant emits a Wagnerian duet of bass and soprano before everything goes berserk as the car glues itself to the road and your face is left on the starting line.

But it isn't all typical untrammeled Lambo power with nowhere to go other than straight to hell via a lampost. The 7 speed double clutch transmission, 4 wheel drive with 30:70 front rear torque distribution and active chassis control allow for traction and in-corner grip beyond the limits of human thought.

God is in the detail

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The verdict

For something so insanely powerful and immediate the Huracan is surprisingly usable and easy to push. And thanks to the intelligent approach fostered by Audi ownership it is even, dare I say it, approaching being a car that could be used everyday. For starters, the interior doesn’t decompose in your hand when you try and flip a switch or pull a handle.

Just don’t push too hard in the any of the AINIMA settings outside Strada, or comfort mode to you and I. Otherwise, you may find yourself meeting a cruel and jealous deity sooner than you hoped. After all, this is a Lamborghini for God’s sake.

How we're responding to COVID-19.

At XL we've introduced several measures to ensure the safety of our customers and staff. Our head office is open for drop-offs and collections and all our vehicles are fully valeted and sterilised. Collections and drop-off staff all have full PPE including face masks, sanitising spray and hand cleaning fluid.

Our procedures for customers collecting vehicles:
  • New vehicles will be cleaned, sanitised and disinfected by our staff member, who will then place the keys on the windscreen and then go 2 metres away whilst the client goes to the vehicle to inspect it. Once our customer has checked and is happy with the vehicle a copy of the inspection report is emailed straight to them.
  • The handover is complete, and no contact is made between the customer and staff member. Spare gloves and sanitising wipes are available for our customers to use should they be required.
Our procedures for customers returning vehicles:
  • When a customer arrives with the vehicle our staff member will direct you to park the vehicle in a dedicated parking area and ask you to leave the vehicle, locking it and placing the keys on the windscreen. Once our customer has done this and is the required 2 metres away our staff member will approach the vehicle to disperse the sanitising/disinfecting fluid on the keys unlock and enter the vehicle sanitising the dashboard, steering wheel, handbrake, door and window controls, seat adjustment controls. Our staff member will then perform the initial visual checks inside the vehicle, such as mileage, servicing and fuel levels. A full external check of the vehicle is performed, along with tyres, under to bonnet and boot. Any new damage is noted. Once the inspection is complete a copy of the inspection will be emailed straight to the client.

Keep on keeping on... and stay safe!