Audi R8 and Lamborghini Huracan: Similar Yet Distant Relatives

If you’re fluent in the automotive world, a common piece of knowledge is how the Audi R8 and Lamborghini Huracan share the Volkswagen V10 engine. While that may seem like an unimportant relation, connections between the two supercars go deeper than that. Are the cars even that different when these connections are present?

The Cars

The Audi R8 is currently in its second generation at the time of writing, still going strong as a supercar that has a well balanced performance/luxury ratio. Its roots date back to 2003, when the Audi Le Mans Quattro concept car hit the showroom floors, celebrating Audi’s three year streak of wins at 24 Hours of Le Mans. The body styling has traces of the other two concepts that Audi built that year, the sleek Pikes Peak Quattro SUV and the rather beefy Nuvolari Quattro coupe. The Le Mans Quattro evolved into the R8, with barely any changes in design, and a less powerful engine.

Our second car, the Lamborghini Huracan, has seen less time on the road coming out in 2014, but its widely known as the successor to the Gallardo. The V10 inside is tuned so that it can squeeze out around 600 hp, but the overall performance is close to the R8.

Early Connections

You can notice that I mentioned the Gallardo above, being the predecessor to the Huracan, and it was released around the time of the first gen R8. Since Volkswagen owns both Audi and Lamborghini, these two cars shared many parts and systems with each other. This included the V10 engine, segments of the chassis, and… door handles? (Incoming exaggerated rant below)

That seems to be an oddly specific part on both cars, so it must have just been cheaper to throw any unique styling out the door and mass produce the same type of handle. Since Volkswagen is putting the same parts into multiple brands, who knows where else that door handle will appear? What other parts are shared? If I had a Huracan would it have a reliable mileage count that wasn’t fraudulent? (Looking at you 2015 Volkswagen)

Current Connections (and differences)

Ok, so door handles aside, the Huracan and gen 2 R8s took the connections to a higher level. Both cars are made on the same platform now, with the main physical differences being interior design, sheetmetal, and acceleration. Is this enough to make the cars appear all too similar beyond the exterior shell? In my opinion, no. While both Audi and Lamborghini are owned under Volkswagen, the reason they are so similar is also the reason that they are so different: I think that the two companies have very different goals when it come to their supercar.

First of all you have Lamborghini, and selling high performance cars is their main goal (aside from making money, as that’s #1 for all car manufacturers). The Huracan is one of their “cheapest” cars. Its definitely not as fast as the Aventador. Audi on the other hand, specializes in making luxury cars that aren’t solely focused on performance, but the R8 is their only supercar as of right now. Even though its their most expensive car, its still cheaper than the Huracan. The Huracan is built to be an entry gate into the world of high performance cars, while the R8 is fast but retains the sense of Audi luxury. Just look at the interiors!

In Conclusion…

…both the R8 and Huracan resemble different symbols in the automotive world, despite their mechanical similarities. Choosing which one is the “best” would be difficult, since they are manufactured with different goals in sight. The Huracan is best for someone who wants raw power at a less intense level, while the R8 is more of a luxury primer with a coat of performance.


Image Credits

Lamborghini V10: Joshua Naidoo, on Unsplash

Audi R8: Blake Meyer, on Unsplash

Lamborghini Huracan: Gilly, on Unsplash