It still uses a 5.2-liter V10, it still looks like a Lamborghini and it still sounds like a mechanical banshee, but the Italian brand known for building fighting bulls says its newest car was made from “scratch.”
And it should be, because the decade-old car it is set to replace can cost over 250 grand. But that hasn’t stopped it from being the best-selling car in Lamborghini’s history with over 14,000 sold since it first came on the scene. Yes, the folks at Sant’Agata Bolognese had their work cut out for them when the prospect of building something to top the Gallardo came their way. Their answer?
A car that packs 610 hp, can run to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and has a dry weight of 3,135 lbs. Oh, and it makes Fabio look like a pimple-faced dweeb, too.
Lamborghini wasn’t about to release a ho-hum car to follow its brightest star to date. A specially designed seven-speed dual clutch transmission that the company calls its “Lamborghini Doppia Frizione” (LDF) directs power from the new 8,250-redline V10 to all four wheels.
Italy’s Rodeo Drive-bound hell spawn features the latest in automotive fashion. LED lighting is standard on all the exterior surfaces, as strange as it might seem to specify that for such an anticipated exotic car. Conventional gauges are gone, too. Instead, you’ll find a digital cluster detailing information ranging from rpms and speed to navigation.
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A Huracan isn’t taken lightly in the U.S. – just ask George W. Bush or Kanye West – and this thing is as attention grabbing as the former commander-in-chief and loud-mouth rapper combined. But in this case, it’s a welcome change with styling cues borrowed from the Aventador.
One thing the self-absorbed hip-hop mogul and former President have in common is that they would both (probably) agree on how attractive the inside of this car is. Like the “eye” of a Haracan, the cabin is the epitome of calm inside chaos. Or at least that’s what the photos suggest. It looks an awful lot like the Aventador with similar buttons, switches and materials. Nappa leather, Alcantara and a feeling of being better than the dentist in an SLS 63 AMG beside you are all waiting.
There are three drive modes selectable through the steering wheel: Strada, Sport and Corsa. This is meant to be both a track-capable supercar and a luxury item available for daily driving and the modes are meant to reflect that. Ceramic brakes are standard on all models, but the dual-clutch transmission should lend a degree of civility during slow driving that was missing in the Gallardo.
Pricing for the Huracan hasn’t been discussed and the company is planning to release more details during the Geneva Motor Show in March, 2014.
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