I was a lime-green streak on the fastest road in America, a 10-cylinder terror in an origami wedge with everything from rusty minivans to customized diesel pickups swaying in my wake, when I decided to really break the law.
In a free-market attempt to attract toll traffic, Texas State Highway 130 permits paying customers to drive 85 mph. The problem is that, at 85, a Lamborghini Huracán is effectively asleep, drowsing along in seventh gear and returning nearly 20 mpg. So you step it up a bit, and nothing changes except the rate at which traffic recedes in the mirror. Which, by the way, is perfectly usable, unlike the one in the Lamborghini Countach.
Lamborghini sold 14,022 examples of the Huracán’s immediate predecessor, the Gallardo, making it the most popular Lamborghini in history, accounting for about half of the company’s sales since its founding in 1963. Yet it’s the 30-year-old Countach that continues to define the brand for the man on the street. In particular, there’s that opening scene of The Cannonball Run—you know, the part where a Countach comes to a tire-smoking halt next to a Speed Limit 55 sign and the passenger jumps out, crossing out the “55” with spray paint. (more…)