This is the story of the Huracan
At $450K this bullishly priced supercar is a bargain. No, really ...
BARGAIN hunters can finally add a Lamborghini to their shopping list.
The arrival of the new Huracan, which promises all sorts of go-faster improvements over the Gallardo it replaces, means a $40,000 saving on the bottom line.
The story of the Huracan starts in August 1879, the year a fighting bull of that name entered the history books in Alicante in Spain. But real action began when Audi — the brand in the Volkswagen Group that’s responsible for Lamborghini of Italy — gave the green light for a replacement for the Gallardo and a twin for its next R8 supercar.
The Huracan has just broken cover with a gorgeously angular new body, a V10 engine that makes 37kW more than the Gallardo’s, and extra standard equipment including satellite navigation.
The performance promise for the Huracan is 0-100km/h in just 3.2 seconds and a top speed beyond 325km/h.
It goes up against Ferrari’s brilliant 458 Italia, which sets the supercar standard. There’s also the clinically effective McLaren MP4-12C V8, which is “only” $398,000 after a $100K price cut. The price for the Huracan LP610-4 has been set at $456,000 on the road with the first deliveries set for September.
“The price is a $26,000 saving from the Gallardo LP 560-4, but it also gets satnav and metallic paint as standard. So the saving, adjusted for the extra specification, is effectively $38,000,” the Lamborghini dealer for Queensland, Martin Roller, tells Carsguide.
“The car also comes with more power, new technology, 20-inch alloys and some other improvements. Without worrying about the new body. It’s a cool $100,000 less than a Ferrari 458. That’s a great car, but this is a great car too.”
“I’ve already sold two cars. And that’s after two days,” says Roller. “The good news is that we get our first cars in September. But I’m expecting our full allocation of 10 cars to be sold, and the cars for 2015 as well, by then.”
The Huracan’s bodywork combines angles and curves while linking the frontal treatment to the Gallardo. It retains a traditional midengined supercar layout with a two-seater cockpit and Audi’s signature all-wheel drive, tweaked for Lamborghini’s needs. It weighs in at 1422kg thanks in part to a chassis that combines carbon fibre and aluminium elements.
The engine is a newgeneration V10 that makes 448kW at a howling 8250 revs, with 560Nm as well thanks to a combination of direct as well as indirect fuel injection.
Fuel economy is a claimed 12.5 litres/100km and there is a stop-start system to cut emissions and fuel use.
The Huracan has a new seven-speed DSG gearbox, allwheel-drive with three modes — Strada, Sport, Corsa — and carbon-ceramic brakes.
More details emerge in March when the car is displayed for the first time at the Geneva motor show, but already Lamborghini plans more than 130 private events for prospective owners and Roller says he expects a car in Brisbane next month.
Meanwhile, the start of the Huracan story means the final local deliveries of the Gallardo and a production total that was 14,022 cars over its lifespan, a record for any Lamborghini model. “Yes, there will be a nine-month period without a Gallardo or Huracan, but that will allow us to concentrate on the Aventador V12,” Roller says.
That is, of course, provided you new-car budget runs to at least $761,500.