What’s Hot And What’s Not in the 2019 Lamborghini Lineup
What to Buy and What to Stay Away From When it Comes to Lamborghini in 2019
Updated October 11, 2018
Now owned by the Volkswagen Group, the Italian luxury sports car company was founded in 1963. The Lamborghini brand itself, however, predates the company’s automotive division. As you probably know, its founder Ferruccio Lamborghini entered the business by producing tractors from discarded war materials in 1948. Humble beginnings or no, the Lamborghini brand is now one of the most coveted auto industry badges in existence and markets close to 4,000 highly powerful and exorbitantly expensive supercars worldwide each year. More precisely, the Italians marketed 3,815 vehicles globally during 2017. This has been their seventh consecutive year of growth, and 2018 and 2019 are bound to continue that trend. Especially considering they now have an SUV crossover of their own to attract a new flock of customers. North America is, of course, one of Lamborghini’s most important markets as the bull badge manufacturer managed to move 1,095 cars in the U.S. alone during 2017. But what exactly does the 2019 Lamborghini lineup have to offer?
For starters, it’s worth mentioning that Lamborghini’s arch-rival Ferrari sells twice as many vehicles both worldwide and in the U.S., but the aforementioned Lamborghini Urus SUV should be able to reduce that gap considerably when it finally hits full stride during MY 2019. The rest of the Lamborghini lineup traditionally consists of two supercars that slot in different price and performance ranges altogether. At the moment, the two are the Huracán and Aventador. Although the Lamborghini lineup for MY 2019 isn’t exactly deep, it more than compensates with horizontal diversification. In other words, Lamborghini always has a number of different versions and special editions for most of their models. Let’s take a look at how Lamborghini cars fare in that regard.
What’s Hot In the New 2019 Lamborghini Lineup
04. 2019 Urus
The long-awaited Urus SUV isn’t just another new Lamborghini car that gets pompously publicized for months before blending into the everyday routine. Yes, the excitement has all but disappeared, but the SUV’s long-term effects on the Lamborghini lineup are only just about to begin to surface. The 2019 Lamborghini Urus will not be cannibalizing Huracán’s and Aventador’s sales, which means it should be able to take the brand to an all-new level sales-wise. The Urus itself is something altogether different for the Italian luxury manufacturer despite their previous jaunt into the SUV segment with the LM002 Rambo Lambo during mid-eighties. Unlike its distant predecessor, the all-new Lamborghini Urus emphasizes on comfort, luxury, and performance first and foremost. It’s also a looker, so comparisons with the robust LM002 should only be based on tradition.
The SUV body of the Lamborghini Urus isn’t the sole milestone it has to offer. The Urus is also powered by the very first V8 engine fitted in a Lamborghini since the Jalpa bowed down in 1988. Volkswagen’s 4.0L twin-turbo V8 answered the call this time, and it delivers 641 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque in the Urus. Of course, the Italians did add a number of minor tweaks despite receiving the completely assembled engine straight from the VW factory. The remainder of the drivetrain puzzle consists of a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, a Torsen center differential, and a rear torque-vectoring differential that greatly improves handling. The MLB platform underpinning the Urus isn’t new as it already serves as a base for the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga, and Porsche Cayenne. This clearly means the Urus is mostly road-focused, as expected, but it shouldn’t shy away from both the track and sensibly uneven dirt patches. Prices will start at around $200,000, but there’s always room for more when that came from when it comes to Lamborghini.
03. 2019 Aventador 740-4 S
The first-ever Lamborghini Aventador was introduced in now-distant 2011. It took them almost six years to replace the initial 700-4 models with the more powerful 740-4 S, but the Italians should now be set for the next few years. The 740-4 S Coupe and Roadster should remain the Aventador lineup’s axis for the foreseeable future, whereas all future special and limited edition models should serve to keep the spark of excitement alive throughout that period. The Aventador has been synonymous with extravagant styling and extreme performance since day one. Shooting flames and enough decibels to make everyone in the vicinity momentarily go deaf from its ridiculous exhaust system isn’t the only perk that’s coming with it, though. In order to qualify for a hypercar moniker, one must obstruct your field of view so tenaciously, you’d think it’s trying to kill you. Needless to say, the range-topping Lambo does that admirably. Then again, that’s one of the reasons it’s so cool.
The heart of this meticulous performer is designed around 12 cylinders and sits behind the cabin as any good Lamborghini engine should do (*minus you, Urus.) The 6.5L V12 generates as much as 730 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of twist which is good enough to propel it 60 mph from a standing start in under 3 seconds. The Aventador can also reach a ground-shattering top speed of 217 mph. All that power is routed to all four corners via a 7-speed automated-manual transmission. Although a hypercar, the new Aventador now sports a rear-wheel steering system that helps immensely in tight spots around the city, and in very sharp bends at reasonably higher speeds. It’s also got the adaptive suspension and magnetorheological dampers but that’s the least you’d expect out of a $400,000 supercar. Don’t let this fool you, though. Despite sporting some of the most advanced pieces of automotive engineering, the Lamborghini Aventador is still an uncompromising beast of a supercar that doesn’t care about its driver’s comfort.
02. 2019 Huracán LP 640-4 Performante
The Gallardo’s replacement, the Huracán, has been gracing many a teenager’s room’s walls since 2014. If kids still poster their walls these days, that is. In any case, the more affordable of two Lamborghini supercars started out as a 610-4 Coupe before the Spyder version joined it in 2016. At the same time, the Lamborghini Huracán lineup was expanded by the even more affordable 580-2 rear-wheel drive models which are also available today. Meanwhile, the Italians finally decided to beef their lower cost offering during 2017 when they introduced the Performante Coupe. Joined by its Spyder roadster sibling, the Performante duo now makes the Huracán lineup six models deep. The 2o19 Lamborghini Huracán LP 640-4 Performante doesn’t only add more power to what’s already a quite powerful supercar, but reduces weight and increases the aerodynamics of conventional all-wheel-drive models.
Weight reduction was achieved by a more widespread use of composite, resin-reinforced carbon-fibers and a simplified exhaust system. The Performante Coupe weighs 3,047 pounds dry which is 88 lbs fewer than the 610-4 Coupe. Better airflow, on the other hand, was achieved by using a new diffuser, front and rear bumpers, and a huge rear spoiler. Finally, the Huracán LP 640-4 Performante’s 5.2L V10 itself makes 631 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. When all of the aforementioned gets taken under consideration, it’s no wonder the Huracán LP 640-4 Performante Coupe can accelerate to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds. Of course, Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires play a major role in achieving this feat. Presented at the 2018 Geneva auto show, the 2o19 Lamborghini Huracán LP 640-4 Performante Spyder bestows additional pizzazz to an already dashing supercar. Despite having no hard top, the Huracán Spyder still weighs an almost full 27o pounds over the Coupe, bringing its dry weight to a 3,322-pound total. This impedes the overall performance, of course, but who cares about a few tenths of a second when you can still experience seat-banging acceleration with a corresponding rush of wind as a bonus?!
01. 2019 Aventador SVJ Coupe
As of Summer 2018 and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, there’s a new king in the Lambo lineup. The all-new 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Coupe (Spyder to follow next year) will serve as a flagship supercar for at least a year before the Italians think of something even more ludicrous which they’re extremely good at. The SVJ coupe will be limited to 900 copies, 63 of which will be the special edition 63s models commemorating the founding year of the Lamborghini Autos. The “conventional” SVJ’s will be priced at a staggering $517,770, but there are a number of reasons for that. For starters, it’s now officially the fastest production car in the world if we take the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap as a reference, which the SVJ Aventador has completed in 6:44.97 time. It’s also packed with a number of highly advanced features such as Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA) active aero system which reduces downforce by as much as 40 percent compared to the Aventador SV. Unlike the Huracán Performante where this system debuted, the Aventador SVJ boasts an upgraded 2.0 version and is the very first car fitted with one too.
The highly advanced tech is one thing, but the record lap at Nürburgring doesn’t come without a lot of firepower as well. The SVJ Coupe squeezes 770 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of rotational force out of 6.5L V12 mill that makes 40 ponies less in the regular Aventador 740-4S. Thanks to a higher output, the SVJ is capable of maxing out at 217 mph and accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. The Lambo Aventador SVJ would be an ultimate poster car if posters were still popular today, but the Italians won’t mind that. As long as they sell all 900 units, they’ll be perfectly happy with the Countach and Diablo posters which graced many a room walls in 80s and 90s respectively, while they were still a thing.
What’s Not In the New 2019 Lamborghini Lineup
01. 2019 Huracán 580-2 and 610-4
With the introduction of the much more potent Huracán Performante in 2017, the rest of the Huracán lineup is slowly but steadily beginning to show age. The initial 610-4 Coupe is actually the inaugural Huracán, whereas the Spyder entered the fray as a MY 2016 unit. The rear-wheel-drive 580-2 Coupe and Spyder were introduced the following year at the 2016 Geneva and Los Angeles auto shows, respectively. Without any substantial work done on them, they’re currently some of the oldest luxury supercars available on the market. There currently aren’t any signs of intention to do something about it on Lamborghini’s part, hence we had to file them under the “not” section.
Despite showing their age, both the rear-wheel-drive Huracán 580-2 and all-wheel drive 610-4 versions are more than powerful enough to give even the most powerful of their competitors a run for their money. The former, as its name suggests, generates 580 metric horsepower which, translated to brake horsepower, amounts to 572. The latter develops 610 metric horsepower or 602 bhp. Both draw their power from the same naturally aspirated 5.2L V10 mill that’s motivated every single Huracán to date. Moreover, every single Huracán, including these two, sports a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. A major difference between them – aside from the drivetrain, of course – is the price tag. The less powerful version could save you enough to buy a brand-new decently-equipped BMW 3 Series, for instance.