New Lam­borgh­ini Hu­racán ready for ac­tion

The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - Front Page -

Lam­borgh­ini has un­veiled the Hu­racán, which takes over from the Gal­lardo as the su­per­car firm’s en­try-level car, writes Chris Knap­man. As is tra­di­tion, the new model takes its name from the bull­fight­ing arena (Hu­racán, from the Span­ish Conte de la Patilla breed, fought in Ali­cane in 1879, says Lam­borgh­ini, and was known for his out­stand­ing courage and strong sense of at­tack), and it will take over from the com­pany’s most suc­cess­ful ever model. In to­tal, 14,022 Gal­lar­dos were pro­duced over 10 years - al­most match­ing the to­tal num­ber of all other Lam­borgh­ini cars built since the com­pany was founded in 1963.

The all-new car, which will make its pub­lic de­but at the Geneva mo­tor show in March, is pow­ered by a 610bhp V10 en­gine, which means it can ac­cel­er­ate from 0-62mph in 3.2sec and reach a top speed of 202mph.

Drive is sent through all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gear­box, which along with the ESP has three modes to al­ter the driv­ing dy­nam­ics - Strada, Sport and Corsa.

The Hu­racán’s “hy­brid” chas­sis com­bines carbon-fi­bre, such as used on Lam­borgh­ini’s Aven­ta­dor su­per­car, with alu­minium parts. Com­bined with other light­weight el­e­ments, in­clud­ing car­bon­ce­ramic brake discs as stan­dard, it keeps the car’s mass down to 1,422kg. That of course means there’s less for the 5.2litre en­gine to haul around, max­imis­ing the po­ten­tial of 413lb ft of torque at 6,500rpm. Peak power is de­liv­ered at 8,500rpm. Both out­puts com­fort­ably trump the out­go­ing Gal­lardo LP570’s en­gine, which has 562bhp at 8,000rpm and 397lb ft at 6,500rpm. In a nod to en­vi­ron­men­tal sen­si­bil­i­ties, mean­while, the Hu­racán also fea­tures a stop/start sys­tem.

Op­tions in­clude adap­tive steer­ing and damp­ing, and a whole range of ways to cus­tomise the in­te­rior.

Lam­borgh­ini is yet to an­nounce a start­ing price, but it’s likely to close the gap be­tween the out­go­ing Gal­lardo’s £135,600 and the £178,000 charged by Fer­rari for a 458 Italia. First de­liv­er­ies are ex­pected in spring 2014, when we’ll also bring you a full road test.

No bull: the new Lam­borgh­ini Hu­racán makes its de­but in Geneva, be­fore go­ing on sale next spring

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