2016 Lamborghini Huracán gets cylinder deactivation, new sound system, and more

2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4

The Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 is still pretty fresh, especially considering that it’s predecessor lasted for about a decade in showrooms. Still, periodic updates are necessary to keep cars competitive and customers interested, and Lamborghini has a few in store for the 2016 model year.

Even Lambo has to consider tightening fuel-economy standards, so it’s adding cylinder deactivation to the Huracán’s 5.2-liter V10. The system shuts off one bank of cylinders, temporarily turning the V10 into an inline-five. When full power is needed, the five cylinders switch back on. Cylinder deactivation is used in a wide variety of applications, but Lamborghini says this is the first time it has been applied to a naturally aspirated V10.

Nothing else about the engine has changed, so buyers still get 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. The V10 is teamed with the seven-speed Lamborghini Doppia Frizione (LDF), the company’s first dual-clutch transmission. With power sent to all four wheels, the Huracán can do 0 to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds, and reach a top speed of 202 mph, according to Lamborghini. The carmaker says it also tweaked the all-wheel drive system to behave more neutrally.

The rest of the changes are largely cosmetic. Lamborghini is adding more exterior color options, as well as standard leather trim on the door handles and upper parts of the center console. There are also more options available through Lamborghini’s Ad Personam program, which allows customers to personalize their cars to a greater degree. As if a Lamborghini wasn’t special enough.

Newly available options include a 10-speaker Sensonum audio system with hexagonal speaker grilles that match the Huracán’s hexagon-themed exterior and interior design. There’s also a sport exhaust system, and LED lighting for the engine compartment to properly show off that V10.

The confirmed 2016 updates come amid rumors that Lamborghini will launch a rear-wheel drive version of the Huracán. This model is tipped to appear at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show next week.