New Lamborghini Huracán ready for action
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