Max’s Monthly Column: Lamborghini Huracan vs BMW M4 CS – What difference does £100k make?
Welcome to Max’s Monthly Column, which will turn one-year-old in January. That means that this, my 11th edition, tops an ever-rising pile of 11 months worth of automotive literature (if you can call it that). Welcome, to the November 2019 edition.
Last weekend was a good weekend. It was nice, after such a long time, to spend an evening in a well-lit garage filled with some wonderful cars, with a friend, hidden from Greenpeace and all those empowered children talking about climate change. We met, had a drink, and discussed cars. Just cars.
This garage is like nothing you’ve ever seen before – but as a fresh journalism student, it was a great opportunity to do some investigative journalism of my own. You see as I shall later explain, just outside this garage sat a BMW M4 CS, alongside a more comparable than you might think, Lamborghini Huracan. These two cars were the actual reason for my visit, but considering how much we’d already drunk, we thought it best to have a walk around the garage first, and do the reviewing the following day. So un-reluctantly, that’s what we did.
A STROLL THROUGH THE GARAGE
The most prominent, and yet understated car from this garage to mention to anyone who knows anything about Aston Martin, is the Vantage V600 which sits in the corner peacefully. It’s one of seven coupes (and seven roadsters) in the entire world, currently valued at a solid million pounds and is a beautiful thing to behold. It is definitely worthy of a spot in this column, perhaps sometime in the new year.
Next to this sits the yellow Lamborghini Aventador SV I featured in February’s column which you can read here. I stand by the love I had for the SV. It’s a big, silly, yellow wedge of juvenile, V12 powered, flame-spitting fun. And how refreshing is that in times like these?
To the rear of the Lambo, a beautiful Ferrari 458 Speciale in red (obviously), besides which sits the wolf in sheep’s clothing of this garage – a grey paint and carbon fibre lined Porsche GT2 RS. A car that’ll be at 60mph from a standstill in 2.6 seconds with a set of sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires. It really is a bonkers a race car.
Next sits a car I’ve known since it’s birth at the Aston Martin factory which again, really deserves a spot in this column. I was fortunate to be invited to the Aston Martin factory (by helicopter!) to see the body of this very car be revealed from the spray booth – finished in ‘Ultimate Black’. It’s a new Vanquish S Ultimate, again, laced in carbon fibre and absolutely marvelous. To compliment this, there is also a previous gen DBS, specced to replicate the exact car used in Casino Royale (although I’m always upset they never added a defibrillator option). And in case this indulgent stroll through the garage hadn’t offered enough to tickle your automotive G spot, a Bentley Continental GT No.9 sits in its beautiful gloss racing green at the far end. Bentley made just 100 Number 9s, and each contains something incredibly rare – a piece of the racing seat from Sir Tim Birkin’s iconic 1930 No. 9 Le Mans race car. I love little quirks like that.
The BMW is a great deal less laborious to drive, and less stress really does mean more fun. It allows you to focus on the drive.
– Max Berry
The inside of the garage
Walking around this space was like venturing through a gallery, where automotive art sits. Part toybox, part jewelry box; it’s a real experience. One which brings out the young boy in all of us. In the neighboring garages lurked the likes of a McLaren Senna, a 720S Spider and a smattering of other cars which again, will see the light of day in future columns. It was a fabulous evening, which continued long into the night.
The next day rolled around and I had my question ready for answering: is a Lamborghini Huracan worth it, or would you be just as happy with an M4 and a spare 100,000 pounds?
I’m conscious that this is a bit of a specific question, but it’s an important one – and one I can access for investigation. As I said earlier, I got a look in the flesh at both, as a passenger in the Lambo and driver in the Beemer.
The wonderful Huracan
LAMBORGHINI HURACAN VS THE BMW M4
Now I’ve written this before: I love Lamborghini. As I’ve also written before, BMW M cars are very good. Fact. But can they possibly be as much fun as a through and through supercar, or in this case the Huracan? Let’s break this down…
Price and styling:
The Lambo is £195,000 whereas the BM is £95,000. That, along with the fact that the BMW has a big boot, four surprisingly spacious seats, and an engine that’ll average 35mpg, as opposed to the Lamborghini’s rather pathetic 22, is just a flavour of how different these cars are on the surface. In the words of any politician, “let’s be totally clear here” – the Huracan is a clear cut super car, worthy of a space on any 12 year old boy’s bedroom wall. And with an angular, ‘sod you all’ body, it gets a great deal of attention on the road.
The inside of the BMW.
The rear of the Huracan
But this is where the BMW fights back. It may only have just more than 450bhp from its considerably smaller 3.0L straight six engine. But as any real petrol head will tell you – just because you’ve got less power, doesn’t mean you’re limited to less fun. The Huracan in question is the LP580-2, indicating its V10 spurts out just less than 580bhp at the rear wheels only.
Drive and performance:
My drive in the BMW M4 was a real education, because it was a Club Sport, or CS. This is a slightly harder, slightly meatier, and slightly more athletic version of the standard car. We’re talking deep bucketed seats with slots missing either side of your spine, lightweight doors with silly racing door pulls and enough performance measuring dials on the dashboard to make a young boy (i.e me) urinate.
BMW even went to the bother of adding a carbon fibre double bubble roof, bonnet, engine struts and other large components on the car. And in Lotus-esque style, they have made sure nothing is heavier than it needs to be. What a wonderful idea that always is.
The M4 CS is nimble and accurate, with its chunky little Alcantara steering wheel turning like a dial. This is partly thanks to its 32kg weight loss from a normal M4, and the addition of stiffer springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars. This is the only properly beefy M car I’ve ever driven, but according to its owner who also drives the Huracan on a regular basis: on the average backroad; the M4 is way more exploitable than the big black Lambo.
The BMW is a great deal less laborious to drive, and less stress really does mean more fun. It allows you to focus on the drive. The Huracan is the clear victor in a straight line, but not by as much as you might think. As I said, it’s a proper, fully-fledged supercar, with a supercar price tag and supercar practicality, or lacking there of.
Some shots of the Lamborghini Huracan
Let’s not get carried away. The Lamborghini is a cracking thing, and actually I’d have been more annoyed if they’d lost its Lamborghininess in the pursuit of annual revenue. But, and I know this doesn’t happen often, if we analyse this from a more mature perspective, the M4 CS is really quite something. It’s a coupe big enough for four people for crying out loud, with little glaringly obvious external features to tell passers by that it’ll rip your head off if you poke it.
I mean yes, it’s got a rather aggressive bonnet inlet and four exhausts that spurt out a noise like a gnarled old hog, but besides that there isn’t much to give the game away. As the owner and I agreed, sat next to the Huracan, it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
The BMW M4 Club Sport is a brilliant car, of course we knew it would be. It’s ferociously fast and yet hugely practical and designed for genuine daily use. And I’m staggered to report, it is as much, if not more fun than a Lamborghini. It doesn’t deliver quite the same off-the-line, head-on-headrest kick of the Huracan, nor does it get quite the same attention in public. But it’s enough to make your eyes water. Seriously. What the BMW M4 CS is, is an outrageous, normal car. And for that, I’m a fan.
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