Pope Francis Receives Lamborghini Huracán as a Gift
In November 2017, Lamborghini gifted the Pope a beautifully customized Lamborghini Huracán. The event was located at the Pontiff’s Santa Marta residence at the Vatican. The MSRP of a base Lamborghini Huracán is $199,800 USD. On the exterior, this Lamborghini has a papal white paint job with gold accents and stripes. Although Lamborghini intended the gift for the pope, the Pontiff had separate plans.
266th Pope of Catholic Church Since 2013
Pope Francis began his papacy in 2013 and is the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church. His name is chosen in respect to Saint Francis of Assisi. Surprisingly, Pope Francis is the ninth oldest pope to win an election for papacy at 76 years old. Francis was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the name of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. If you didn’t know, Pope John Paul II was once seen riding in a Ferrari long ago.
5.2-Liter V10 Producing 573 Horsepower
The Lamborghini Huracán coupe starts at a MSRP of $199,800 in the U.S.. The Huracán sports a 5.2-liter V10 engine producing 573 horsepower and 398 lb.-ft. of torque. To complement the engine, Lamborghini offers a 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The Huracán, unexpectedly, has a RWD drivetrain. There is an AWD system that produces 602 horsepower and 413 lb.-ft. of torque as well. The AWD version costs a bit more but comes with 29 more horsepower and 15 more torque.
The Pope Auctions Lamborghini Huracán for Charity
Overall, the Lamborghini Huracán is a stunning feat of engineering. With it’s sporty exterior and a V10 engine, this is a car fan’s dream. Fortunately, for the Pope, Lamborghini was generous enough to provide one as a gift. Instead of keeping it for himself, Pope Francis put the Huracán up for auction to benefit charities. An example of one of the charities is the Pope John XXIII Community Association which fights human trafficking. In conclusion, although the Pope received an amazing gift, he was generous enough to think of others instead of himself.