Get ready, supercar fans, Lamborghini is going to rock you like a hurricane.
Actually, it’s Huracan.
That’s the name the Volkswagen-owned Italian brand known for icons like the Countache and Diablo have given to its latest mid-engine supercar.
The Huracan LP 610-4 replaces the outgoing Gallardo, a car that was introduced in 2003 and has unquestionably been integral to Lamborghini’s growth and transition into the 21st century. More than 14,000 copies of the Gallardo were sold over two generations of the car, which loosely shared a platform and engine with the Audi R8.
The all-new Huracan picks up where the Gallardo left off. Like its predecessor, the Huracan will have a mid-mounted, naturally aspirated, 5.2-liter V-10 engine. This direct-injected power plant will pump 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels via a new seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, the first for a Lamborghini.
The Huracan will be capable of zero to 62 mph runs in 3.2 seconds, and zero to 124 mph (200 kph) in 9.9 seconds. Top speed will be at least 201 mph, Lamborghini said. Helping it scoot off into the horizon with such alacrity will be a dry curb weight of 3,135 pounds, the result of a chassis made from carbon fiber and aluminum.
The wedge-shaped profile and many angles of the Huracan’s body borrow heavily from its bigger brother, the V-12 Aventador. Unfortunately, the “Lambo doors” that swing up stay with the V-12 model.
Inside, a 12.3-inch infotainment screen sits atop a redesigned dashboard that also mimics the Aventador’s style. Nappa leather and Alcantara will drip from nearly every surface, Lamborghini said.
Mechanically, drivers will be able to switch between three settings that alter the transmission and engine software, the exhaust, the all-wheel-drive system and the stability control. Four-wheel carbon-ceramic disc brakes will be standard.
Like many Lamborghinis, this one is named after a famed bull. Huracan was a Spanish fighting bull that fought in Alicante in August 1879, Lamborghini said. It’s also Spanish for hurricane.
The Lamborghini Huracan will make its official world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and will start charging into customers' hands shortly thereafter.
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