Offering an advance look at a car that it claims will redefine the benchmark for supercars in its segment, Lamborghini has taken the wraps off of the all-new Gallardo replacement: the 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4. While holding back some details on the Huracán LP 610-4 until it formally bows in at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show next March, the automaker has a provided a good deal of meaningful info on a vehicle charged with filling a spot vacated by the most successful Lamborghini model in the Italian firm's 50-year history.
Speculation about what this mid-engine 2-seater would be called has been a hot topic for months. In keeping with Lambo's tradition of giving its vehicles names related to the world of bull fighting, the Huracán moniker celebrates the legacy of one particularly aggressive animal known for his exceptional sense of courage and attack. Given the car's mission to take on the likes of the Ferrari 458 and McLaren 12C, it's a most understandable choice.
Visually, the new Lamborghini Huracán adds a new dimension to the exterior edginess of the Gallardo by introducing its own evolution of the design language. It also incorporates cues from the larger and more costly Aventador and integrates everything into an "audacious design with sharp edges, monolithic and sculptured volumes and precise surfaces," all of which are encompassed by a single line that defines its sleek silhouette. To add even more presence, the Huracán will be the first car in its class to boast full LED lighting, front and rear, as standard equipment.
The cabin of the 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 also embodies a new sense of style and performance-focused luxury. Upholstered in Nappa leather with Alcantara trim, it introduces a premium 12.3-inch full-color fully reconfigurable TFT main display that keeps the driver posted on all key vehicles systems information as well as navigation and infotainment functions.
At its core, the Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 features a lightweight hybrid modular chassis made from aluminum and carbon fiber. To be shared with the next-gen Audi R8, it provides a super-rigid foundation for the available tri-mode suspension with magneto-rheologic dampers while also helping keep the Huracán's dry curb weight to just 3,135 pounds - roughly 65 pounds less than the Gallardo. Superb stopping power will come from standard carbon-ceramic brakes and the Huracán will offer the variable-ratio Lamborghini Dynamic Steering system.
Motivation for the 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 comes from a revamped version of the Gallardo's 5.2-liter V10. Fitted with Lambo's new "Iniezione Diretta Stratificata" (IDS) setup that has both direct and port-style injection as well as a standard start/stop system, the engine now makes 601 horsepower (or 610 horses in the more liberal "PS" spec) and 413 lb-ft of torque. In addition to bumping its pony count by 41, this tweaked variant also is cleaner and more fuel-efficient.
Backed by a new 7-speed dual-clutch paddle-shifted automatic transmission and sending power to the pavement through all four wheels, the upgraded V10 propels the Huracán LP 610-4 to 62 mph in an exhilarating 3.2 seconds and lets it reach a top speed of 202 mph. As with any front-line supercar, the Huracán comes with a 3-way driving dynamics selector (Strada/Sport/Corsa) that fine tunes throttle response, transmission mapping and steering/stability control/suspension settings to cover everything from normal street use to a full-on track assault.
Deliveries of the 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 will start next spring. We expect to hear more about the car's pricing and formal U.S. arrival date closer to its appearance in Geneva.
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