Lamborghini Could Give 2019 Huracan Rear-Wheel Steering, Hybridization

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We might be able to see the future of Lamborghini as early as the refreshed Huracan.

Audi R8 twin that it may be, the Lamborghini Huracan is a fantastic car and like Ferrari, the Volkswagen Group isn’t too keen on letting McLaren’s efforts to further subdivide the market with the amazing 570S get in the way of its plans for world domination. Especially not when the Urus is in the pipeline and expected to bring the products of Sant’Agata to households in which they’ve never trekked before, opening doors for new customers. To ensure Lambo can captivate a new receptive audience, its "base" car, the Huracan, must be up to snuff.

Not like it isn’t already, but hey, proof that capitalism is working can be seen in the rampant efforts to constantly crank the dial up even if it already sits at 11. Car and Driver has figured out some of the tactics Lamborghini hopes to use on the 2019 Huracan in order to do so and in turn, get more potential buyers into the driver’s seat. Back when Lamborghini was Italian through and through, it may flared its feathers and spruced things up with an appearance package or new color option. Those days aren’t over as the Huracan Performante and Lamborghini’s Ad Personam program show, but Germany’s influence will be as prevalent as ever thanks to the amount of technology the refreshed Bull is slated to get.

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New on the 2019 Huracan could be handling help from Lambo’s rear-wheel steering system, the same one that made the Aventador S manageable in the parking lots and stable as a cruise liner when the V12 was wailing near top speed. That could drastically change how the car feels, but if the marvelous rear-wheel steering systems found on Porsches prove anything, it's that there’s nothing to worry about when Volkswagen AG gets to tinkering with the rear axle’s responsibilities. The inclusion of such a system may require a 48-volt electrical subsystem to make attendance in the upgraded Huracan. They keyword here is “subsystem,” as in it will run parallel to the 12-volt system currently in place and keep power-hungry accessories supplied.

Among these could be adaptive anti-roll bars, electric rotary dampers, or even a mild hybrid system—though the complexity involved in adding these could make engineers put those ideas on hold. Unfortunately we don’t recommend holding your breath for a substantial power increase. Lamborghini’s engineers claim that the Huracan’s 5.2-liter V10, which appeared in its earliest form in the Gallardo, is reaching its limit. Regardless, the fact that a GT3 version that could outrun the rear-wheel drive Performante is being considered proves that with or without huge power gains, Lamborghini has more than enough technology and engineering talent to allow the Huracan to continue being the object of gearhead affection that it is today.

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