Lamborghini reveals the Huracan
Posted 9 months ago in Italian, Supercar News
Just don’t call it the Cabrera…
Lamborghini has finally revealed the long-awaited replacement for the Gallardo – the Huracan – ahead of the public reveal at the Geneva Motor Show in March next year. This reveal was supposed to be later in the new year, but a leak forced Lamborghini’s hand.
Lamborghini claims that the Huracan is the most technologically advanced car they’ve ever made, which is saying a lot given the amount of tech in the Aventador. For a good few years most in the industry had expected this car to be named Cabrera, but Lamborghini has chosen to give the LP610-4 the name of another legendary fighting bull instead.
The full name – Huracan LP610-4 gives away some clues to the power of the car – 610PS or 602 bhp being produced by a 5.2 litre V10. Interestingly Lamborghini claims that so much has been changed on the old 5.2 litre V10 to enable it to produce another 50 bhp (minimum – expect more in later versions) whilst being cleaner and passing Euro6 emissions legislation that it classifies it as a new engine. Torque is 413 lb/ft and weight is 1422 kg, which combine with the power to enable the 0 – 62 mph dash in 3.2 seconds, 0 – 124 mph in 9.9 seconds and will go on to “over 202 mph”.
Visually we have to say the Huracan is a masterstroke. Blending the beauty of the McLaren 12C with the aggression of the Ferrari 458 while still retaining Lamborghini flamboyance and style – very impressive. There are hints of the Murcielago to the side profile, but the Huracan takes the current look of the Aventador and blends it perfectly into a more compact package. A short rear overhang and long low nose are typically Lamborghini, while there are new rear wing/window intakes and the lower sill intake makes a welcome return. The more we look at it, the more we just want to just jump in and drive it – we could go on about the styling for another 1000 words so we’ll just leave it there.
As with the Gallardo before it, for now the Huracan is 4WD only, and sadly it won’t be available with a manual gearbox – at least not from the start. There is a rumour that a 2WD model with a manual gearbox may be produced to commemorate Valentino Balboni, Lamborghini’s famed test driver, but we doubt this will happen. What does make a welcome appearance though, is a dual clutch gearbox for the first time on a Lamborghini, a development of the Audi R8’s new unit, dubbed Lamborghini Doppia Frizione (LDF).
We can expect a lot more variants to come of the Huracan, first of which will be the Spider next year. Then we can expect to see the LP630-4 Superleggera and the 2WD LP600-2.
The Huracan LP610-4 goes on sale in Autumn 2014 – look for BOTB News to have a drive review as soon as it’s available!
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