Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Avio: The Unsung Hero of the Geneva Motor Show
An aviation-themed supercar? Sign us up.
Pity the poor Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Avio. Had this elegant, matte Italian speed machine been revealed to the world at any venue other than the Geneva Motor Show it would have been the belle of the ball. Instead, its sultry lines and bewitchingly simple livery were lost in a flood of 1,500 horsepower supercars, limited-edition wish fulfillments, and rubber tire balls.
On the other hand, the Huracan Avio’s under-the-radar status is kind of fitting for a car designed to serve as a rolling tribute to the aviation world. (The name Avio, for those who don’t speak Italian, translates to “Aviation.”) The names of the five colors that set the Avio apart from lesser Huracans at a glance—Grigio Falco, Verde Turbine, Grigio Nibbio, Grigio Vulcano, and the fetching shade pictured here, called Blu Grifo—all draw their names from the Italian Air Force Academy's coat-of-arms. And the “L63” door panels, commemorating the year of the company’s founding, feature a tricolor cockade—which sounds like a drink you’d get in a Chelsea nightclub, but is actually an identifying mark used in aviation. (Car folks probably know it better as a roundel.)
Inside, the Avio’s trim alternates between black leather and Alcantara laser-engraved with a hexagonal motif, because...well, they have the laser, so they might as well use it. The L63 logo from the doors is stitched (by hand!) onto the seats, and a hand-enameled plate is affixed to the driver’s window sill. Hopefully, not in the exact place you’d want to rest your elbow.
Other than that, the Avio is your basic, run-of-the-mill Huracan: a 602 horsepower, 5.2 liter V10-powered AWD super sports car that runs from 0–60 in 2.5 seconds. Nothing to complain about, in other words.
If you have some sort of problem with any of the interior or exterior shades you can have Lamborghini’s Ad Personam color your Avio's skin or guts to any shade you like. But why would you? The Avio’s biggest draw is its fetching combination of matte paint and white or gray accents, like the offset double stripe running across the car’s dorsal surface, the front lip spoiler, and the side mirrors. If you’re planning on buying one of these and swapping the colors for something else, buy an LP 580-2 instead and save the 250 Huracan Avios for the rest of us.