The Lamborghini Huracán which made its public debut at the Geneva motor show replaces the Gallardo as the Italian automakers new V10 model.
After 14,022 Gallardo’s produced in a 10-year production, the Huracán will have the job of replacing the companies most successful model ever. The Gallardo was so successful that it almost matches the total number of all other Lamborghini cars built since the company was founded in 1963.
“We believe that now is the right time for a new model” said Stephan Winkelman, head of Lamborghini. “We are very proud of this car. I don’t see any competitor”. (We are sure that Ferrari don’t agree with that, especially with their new California T model just meters away on their show stand).
Lamborghini had more than 1,000 orders for the Huracan, even before the launch. Winkelmann said “deliveries of the car next year should exceed the 1,800 peak sales of the Gallardo on the U.S., China and a rebound in some European markets”.
The Huracán, which is powered by a 610bhp V10 engine, is capable of a top speed of 202mph, accelerating from 0-62mph in 3.2sec. The 4-wheels drive system is controlled via a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, which has three modes to alter the driving characteristics: Strada, Sport & Corsa. The Huracán's “hybrid” chassis combines carbon-fibre, such as used on its big brother, the Aventador, with aluminium components, keeping the cars weight down to 1,422kg.
As is custom for Lamborghini, the new Huracán takes its name from a Spanish bull which fought in 1879 and was known for his exceptional bravery and resilient sense of attack.
Lamborghini release the price, but it's likely to close the gap between the outgoing Gallardo's £135,600 and the £178,000 charged by Ferrari for a 458 Italia.