Lamborghini unleashes wicked Huracan
This is arguably the most-hyped model announcement of 2013 - Lamborghini's long-awaited replacement for the Gallardo. The Huracan LP610-4 infuses the design language of the Gallardo with the almost geometric austerity of the Countach, based on just one line, a tautly-drawn curve running from the headlights, over the roof to the tail lights.
The side windows create a neat hexagon, and even at night the Huracan is special - every light on the car, from the high-beams to the glove compartment's courtesy light, is LED-powered.
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The Huracan comes with an all-new 5.2-litre V10 engine, fed by what the Sant'Agata mafia call 'stratified direct injection' - in essence a combination of direct and indirect fuel-injection for cleaner combustion and more power from less fuel.
HOW MUCH MORE?
Try 448kW at 8250rom and 560Nm at 6500; Lamborghini quotes 0-100 in 3.2 seconds, 0-200 in 9.9, and 325km/h flat out. Thanks to an idle-stop function, however, fuel-consumption is EU-rated at 12.5 litres per 100km.
Drive is delivered via a new seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission to a fully electronically controlled all-wheel drive system with three driving modes - Strada (Street), Sport and Corsa (Track) - selected by a rotary switch on the steering wheel.
Adaptive damping - with three modes to choose from - and variable-ratio steering are options, but carbon-ceramic brakes are standard issue.
The cockpit is dominated by a 310mm full-colour TFT instrument panel that displays everything from engine revs to navigation maps and infotainment functions, and can be configured by the driver.
It's trimmed with fine-grain nappa leather and alcantara in a range of colour combinations, with minimalist dashboard and centre to add a sense of space-age lightness.
The Huracan's hybrid chassis is an integrated structure of carbon-fibre and aluminium elements, providing outstanding torsional rigidity and a claimed dry weight of 1422kg, for a power-to-weight ratio of 315kW per ton, close to superbike territory.
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
As with most Lamborghinis the Huracan derives its name from the world of bull-fighting. Huracan was a fighting bull of the Spanish 'Conte de la Patilla' breed, renowned for his courage and aggression. In 1879 he fought the famous matador Alicante to a standstill in a contest that has become the stuff of legend, with neither willing to give up.
Today's Huracan will be previewed at more than 130 exclusive private showings in 60 cities around the world, starting in January 2014, and will make its public debut at the Geneva motor show in March.
First customer deliveries are planned for the second quarter of the year and, to drag out an old chestnut, if you need to ask the price, you can't afford one.
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