There is no doubt that every Lamborghini is a very capable and high-performance vehicle, but suppose you have one and can afford its fuel cost. Can you daily drive it? Even if you don’t have one, you might be wondering and would love to know, can a Lamborghini be a daily driver?
Typically, logically, and historically, Lamborghinis are thought of as pure-bred sports cars with a clear mission, which is to deliver staggering performance, a hair-raising exhaust note, and head-turning looks. Covering a long distance in a short amount of time in a Lamborghini is certainly possible, but it’s not going to be as comfortable an experience as it would be in a Grand Tourer.
Lamborghini does have a history of building grand tourers such as the 350 GT that it produced between 1964 and 1966. Also, the first ever Lamborghini EV is in the pipeline in the shape of a high-riding grand tourer that’s expected for the 2028 model year.
It’s unlikely many people would buy a Lamborghini for grocery runs and for dropping kids off at school unless it was a very small amount of shopping or you only have a single child. That was until the Urus dropped, of course. But what about models like the Huracan and Aventador? Could you use one of them as your daily driver? That’s exactly what we will try to find out in this article.
First, we will take a brief look at the history of Lamborghini to find out what the brand is really all about. For those who don’t know, Lamborghini was envisioned with the aim of rivaling its own countrymate, Ferrari. That meant it had to be all about performance and exoticism. It did succeed in this task, and you can still see Lamborghini making sports cars that are on par with any Ferrari.
The first car Lamborghini managed to build was the 350GT. As you can guess from its name, it was a grand tourer. The two-door coupe seated two passengers and could hold just enough cargo for a road trip. It was in no way a car for the masses.
Midway through its life, Lamborghini became all about raw power and little about comfort. One could only imagine daily driving a Lamborghini Countach or a Lamborghini Diablo. As a small child, I had an uncle who was a high-end car dealer in London (UK) and he used to come up to see us in all sorts of amazing cars.
Perhaps the most memorable of them all was a bright green Lamborghini Espada, and I can honestly say I’ve never seen a car cause such a stir as that in the small mining town where we lived at the time!
The direction started to shift with the Lamborghini Murcielago. The grand tourer essence returned and today, they are still grand tourers in one way or another but are now able to keep up the performance without sacrificing comfort. But the question remains, are they daily drivable?
With the advent of modern technology and electronics, sports cars have developed multiple personality disorders. Computers and chips are great at managing the hardware of a car, giving them the freedom to adapt to the mood of a driver or road conditions.
These chips are faster and smarter, and the arrival of high-performing electric vehicles and autonomous driving is only a peek into the future.
Innovation in suspension systems has given way to sports cars being more comfortable to drive and equally athletic when setting lap records. Technology like adaptive suspensions, air suspensions, and magnetic damper suspensions are all part of this innovation. With the help of radars, the capability increases, and some systems can even adjust the car in a matter of milliseconds on the fly.
Similarly, steering systems are now electrically assisted, making them adaptable. How much the car turns, or how much feedback you need from the road, can all be switched with just a touch, button press, or turn of a knob. The rest will be handled by computers.
When it comes to the powertrain, the ECU can decide whether the car needs to tone down or turn things up to eleven. From the throttle response to how fast the gear shifts are, it’s just the beginning. It can even turn off the engine’s cylinders to save gas or increase fuel supply to meet the need for speed.
Putting all these electronic components together results in a car that can change personalities when, how, and where you want. Or you could leave this decision to the car’s brain, i.e., its ECU, and it will do the job for you. This is just one example of how a modern full-bodied sports car can be a daily driver.
This is exactly what happens in a modern Lamborghini. There are drive modes to help drivers out in different road conditions, with the option of individual settings for steering, suspension, and drivetrain response.
Not only that, but you can also choose how the steering reacts or how the transmission shifts gears. In Lamborghini lingo, Strada, Sport, and Corsa are preset options; Ego mode allows you to personalize the settings for powertrain, steering, and suspension.
However, just take a look at a Huracan or Aventador. Better still, get up close to one and have a good look at how small they are and how challenging it can be to get in and out of one. If cars like these were comfortable and practical, we’d probably have never got sedans and SUVs.
Unless you’re the size of the average 10-year-old or a horse racing jockey, getting in and out of a Lamborghini or even sitting in one for a decent length of time isn’t going to be the most comfortable experience.
What’s it like to own a Lamborghini?
Owning a Lamborghini is a dream for most people, but how much give and take is involved is the real concern if you find yourself in the position to be able to have one. You see, it is not just like owning a BMW or a Chevrolet, for that matter. The car roars both audibly and visually, and you get a lot of attention. They are, without a doubt, among the most stunning cars ever created. With this out of the way, though, let’s get to the nitty gritty.
First, you must bear the cost of the fuel it consumes. Every Lamborghini uses a monster of an engine, ranging from V8 to V12. The cost of fuel will vary depending on how much you drive your Lamborghini, but to give you an idea, it will achieve between 5 and 20 mpg. And you can’t complain because high fuel consumption is unavoidable in a sports car of this caliber.
Secondly, there is maintenance. Your Lamborghini requires, like any car, requires a number of fluids to work properly, like brake fluid, coolant, and many others. You’ll also need to change your tires regularly, especially if you like to take advantage of the performance available on more than the odd occasion.
Just like every other car, your Lamborghini will need regular workshop visits to check if things are working fine under the hood. However, everything you have to buy for your Lambo is going to be expensive, and I mean VERY expensive. If you think the labor rates at a Mercedes dealership are expensive, just wait until you take a Lamborghini into the shop.
Then comes the actual price of these exotic sports cars, and the fact they’re low-riding machines with barely enough ground clearance to go over a cat’s eyes. It is a serious concern that your Lamborghini will get scratched, and you wouldn’t want that. It’s so low, it might even be hard to drive without damaging or getting stuck in it.
Some bad dips or speed bumps could cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage very easily. Your Lamborghini needs you to be fully conscious and aware of your surroundings, and that’s for your own good.
The list goes on and on, and you really do have to be aware of these issues. So, let’s say you can cover all those aforementioned expenses; your Lamborghini is still a sports car. Inside, there’s a similar story to tell. It is low and visibility outside is very limited, making it a pain to see outside properly. This is not only an inconvenience, but most importantly, it’s also a safety concern.
The cabin of a Lamborghini lacks proper storage space. I mean, there is no cupholder that comes installed from the factory. Small items will scatter around, and if your luggage is more than just a suitcase, you’d better leave them behind. The front and rear trunks are also not very accommodating, so you are left with using your passenger seat and the small amount of floor space to haul extra stuff.
You’d also need to forgive Lamborghini for using a dated infotainment system and lacking some of the modern features. On the other hand, an onboard performance data recorder that stores lap times and other track information is available from the company. That’ll be really useful when you’re heading out to do the shopping, won’t it?
Buyers can pay to improve their audio system, which includes dashboard tweeters and door-mounted subwoofers. The driver assistance technology found in less extravagant vehicles is absent from Lamborghini, so you are essentially on your own. And that’s because a Lamborghini is all about the driving experience. Passenger? Not so much.
And being as low as a Lamborghini inevitably is, getting in and out is an effort in and of itself. Some people may be prepared to live with that, but if you are someone who suffers from back pain, a Lamborghini isn’t going to do you a lot of good.
Some other issues worth mentioning concern Lamborghini being a magnet for every gearhead with a toy trying to race you, expensive insurance, and the extra care you have to take about where to park and for how long.
What’s it like to drive a Lamborghini?
There is no hiding that any Lamborghini is a blast to drive. You have spine-crunching acceleration, lightning-fast brakes, and a top speed many cars only dream of achieving. Older Lamborghinis suffer from harsh rides when driven fast, but perfectly trimmed seats and dash trim can take a bit of the edge off.
Lamborghinis are naturally aggressive cars, and it shows in their driving characteristics.
It is worth noting that modern Lamborghinis make use of four-wheel steering, which reduces the wheelbase by turning the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels at slower speeds. That makes navigating the city’s congested streets and parking lots considerably easier and gives one a ton of confidence.
All four wheels turn simultaneously as the vehicle accelerates, increasing high-speed stability and reducing the anxiety associated with lane changes. But if you think this makes a Lamborghini suitable for navigating tight spaces in towns or cities, then think again.
That lack of outward visibility, the incredibly low seating position, and the width of a Lamborghini make them a nightmare in a tight and congested city.
Wrapping it all up, if you are eager to drive your Lamborghini, you better be ready to get accustomed to these inconveniences and expenses. If you are happy to skip grocery shopping, you never need to carry more than one passenger, and you don’t need to spend a lot of your time driving in the town or city, you could probably get away with using a Lamborghini as your daily driver.
The service intervals for the Huracan and Aventador are every 9000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes around sooner. If you do more than average miles, you’re going to see your car spend more time in the shop than you would with something more practical.
To be honest, a Lamborghini as a daily driver isn’t a great idea and that’s why most people who own them keep them locked away and only use them for certain occasions. There’s no denying that it will put a huge smile on your face every time you smash the gas pedal, or even just rev it in the garage. Lamborghinis are at home when driven fast, and practicality is just not in their ballpark.
On the plus side, if you can afford to buy and run a Lamborghini in the first place, you won’t have a problem also owning other vehicles for the more practical aspects of daily life. You may be able to find some old Lamborghinis for sale at attractive prices, but please read this article on that subject before you even think about going down that route.
Can a Lamborghini be a daily driver? Yes, it can, but only if you are prepared to put up with a lot of inconvenience and discomfort, or if your vehicle of choice is a Lamborghini Urus.