One era ends and another begins in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
The Gallardo was easily one of the most important cars ever produced by Lamborghini. Its ten-year production run saw a total of 14,022 cars sold, helping save a company and grow it around the globe. That era came to an end in November as the last car rolled off the factory line and a new one has just begun as the covers have been taken off of the new Lamborghini Huracán.
The new Lamborghini Huracán promises to be build upon the success and performance of its predecessor while setting the benchmark for luxury supercars in the segment. While its performance will be a hallmark, its ability to be easily driven will make it an instant favorite among consumers. Its name also carries on the legacy of bullfighting. The legendary fighting bull, Huracán was said to have fought with an unrelenting character and defiance, while fighting in Alicante, Spain in 1879, reflecting the character of the new supercar that bears his name.
The entire Lamborghini Huracán was built entirely from scratch by the Italian automaker. The advancements made by Lamborghini in the realm of lightweight materials and carbon fiber helped to spawn a full hybrid aluminum alloy and carbon fiber chassis that achieves an overall dry weight of 3,135 lbs.(1,422 kg) and a 5.1 lbs./hp power-to-weight ratio.
Pure speed and technology is proudly displayed throughout the exterior design of the Lamborghini Huracán. The classic Italian wedge-shape features a cockpit that merges with the rear of the car and sharp lines that create hexagonal windows. The menacing character is featured in the fascia where large air intakes are separated by two body-colored inserts and LED headlights stare ahead with sharp, dynamic daytime running lights. Standard LED lighting is used throughout for the first time in the segment and featured at the rear where powerful haunches blend with the transparent engine cover and end with an upward-flowing rear that emphasizes speed and muscle.
Sitting behind the driver is an all-new 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V-10 engine. New technology such as ‘‘Iniezione Diretta Stratificata’’ (IDS) direct and indirect gasoline injection, and Start & Stop help to cut down on consumption, create more power, and improve fuel economy over the Gallardo. The engine is capable of producing 610 horsepower at 8,250 RPM and 413 lb-ft. of torque at 6,500 RPM.
Power in the Huracán is sent through the new seven-speed ‘‘Lamborghini Doppia Frizione’’ (LDF) dual-clutch transmission to the electronically-controlled all-wheel drive system. This allows the newest supercar to accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 3.2 seconds and 0-124 mph in 9.9 ticks of the clock, while top speed is set all the way back at 202 mph.
Creating the right driving dynamics played an important role in the development of the Lamborghini Huracán. The car had to be able to shine on the track while also being tame on the roadways. Three different driving modes can be selected on the steering wheel: Strada, Sport, and Corsa. The three modes alter the behavior of the engine, transmission, all-wheel drive system, suspension, and even sound to give drivers a comfortable or track-worthy driving experience. Lightweight carbon ceramic brakes come standard for ultimate stopping power while ‘‘Lamborghini Dynamic Steering’’ variable steering ratio and magneto-rheologic suspension damper control are available as options to enhance the overall athleticism of the Lamborghini Huracán.
Inside, the cockpit is dominated by sharp, angular lines and mix of nappa leather and alcantara in seven different color combinations. The centerpiece of the cockpit is a 12.3-inch TFT full-color instrument display panel that can be customized by the driver to show information ranging from maps to infotainment functions along with the standard gauge data. Designers also worked to emphasize the lightweight construction of the car inside the cabin through the dashboard and center tunnel where essential features protrude from the minimalistic backdrop.
The new Lamborghini Huracán will be produced on a newly-equipped production line at the company’s headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese. The car will be featured at over 130 private preview events in over 60 cities across the globe starting in January, 2014. The world debut of the Huracán is scheduled for the Geneva International Motor Show in March of 2014.
Lamborghini Huracán Specifications
Displacement: 5.2 liters
Number of Cylinders: V-10
Aspiration: Naturally aspirated
Maximum Horsepower: 610 / 448 kW at 8,250 RPM
Maximum Torque: 412.98 lb-ft. / 560 Nm at 6,500 RPM
Power-to-Weight Ratio: 2.33 kg/hp (5.1 lbs./hp)
Type: Seven-speed ‘‘Lamborghini Doppia Frizione’’ (LDF) dual-clutch
Drive: All-wheel (electronically-controlled)
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 3.2 seconds
Acceleration 0-124 mph: 9.9 seconds
Top Speed: Over 325 km/h (202 mph)
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