The long tradition of (near)unpronounceable Lamborghinis continues with the new Huracán LP 610-4 – successor to the hugely successful Gallardo.
As is also the tradition, its name comes from a famous Spanish fighting bull – this time one of the Conte de la Patilla breed which fought in Alicante during August 1879.
It looks a lot like the V12-powered Aventador – too much perhaps, which leaves this ‘entry level’ Lamborghini searching for its own identity. No doubt it make its own mark on the brand with its 601bhp (610PS) 5.2 litre V10 engine – up 40bhp on its quickest predecessor, the Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse.
Lamborghini sold more than 14,000 Gallardos during a 10-year lifespan, and will no doubt sell even more of the Huracán – it provides everything you’d ever want (or need) from a supercar mixed with the ultra-Germanic reliability of an engine and drivetrain shared with the next-generation Audi R8 (due in 2015).
Performance as you’d imagine is more than adequate, with a dry weight of just 1,422 kg those six-hundred horses (or should that be bulls?) propel the Huracán from zero to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds, 124 mph in 9.9 seconds and a top speed just past the two-tonne mark at 202 mph.
Thanks to the latest stop/start technology, the Huracán can achieve a parsimonious 22.6 mpg combined with 290 g/km of CO2 emissions, but then where’s the fun in that? Still it’s good to know that fuel stops will be a little less frequent than they were in the Gallardo.
The chassis, a mixture of carbon fibre and aluminium, delivers outstanding stiffness, sharing the light-weight duties with its standard carbon ceramic brakes. Power is delivered via a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission called ‘Lamborghini Doppia Frizione’ (LDF) while its electronically
controlled four-wheel drive system ensures there’s plenty of traction to keep its front (if not the rear) pointing roughly in the direction of travel.
Just like Ferrari’s manettino system, drivers can configure the Huracán to suit their preferences via a driving dynamics selector switch on the steering wheel. Strada, Sport, and Corsa up the intensity, with each mode adjusting the gearbox, engine behaviour, sound, four-wheel-drive system and electronic stability control.
By rifling through Audi’s parts-bin the Huracán delivers everything you could want in a supercar – big engine, light chassis, huge brakes and looks which only Lamborghini could spawn.
The Huracán will be produced at Lamborghini’s headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese on an entirely newly-equipped production line, with first deliveries expected for spring 2014. Pricing should be a little less than Ferrari’s 458 Italia starting from around £175,000.