This is the story of the Hu­ra­can

At $450K this bullishly priced su­per­car is a bar­gain. No, re­ally ...

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News - PAUL GOVER CHIEF RE­PORTER paul.gover@cars­ Twit­ter @paulwardgover

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.

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