After months of spy shots, teasers and nameplate speculation, Italian supercar maker Lamborghini has finally unwrapped the all-new spiritual successor to the Gallardo called the Huracan at the on-going 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It’s pronounced, we’re told, ‘Ooh-rah-cahn’ and like all Lamborghini's of recent vintage, the Huracan is named after a Spanish fighting bull. This one is from Conte de la Patilla line and according to Lamborghini, the bull was known for his ‘outstanding courage and strong sense of attack.’
The 610PS Lamborghini Huracan looks like a million bucks, even though its technically going to be Lamborghini’s most affordable model. It's impossible not to see the influence of the Huracan's older, larger brother, the Aventador. But at the same time, the Huracan is clearly its own car, with proportions and details setting it apart. At any rate, it's much more closely aligned with the modern Lamborghini design image than was the Gallardo. Up front, full LED headlamps create the illumination, and are standard equipment on every Huracan. But then, every exterior light on the new Lamborghini is LED--a first for the entire compact supercar segment, according to the company.
Inside the Huracan, you'll find a reconfigurable 12.3-inch display serving as the instrument panel, relaying everything from engine rpm to navigation directions and more. The upholstery is swathed in Nappa leather and Alcantara, wrapped around a low-slung, aircraft-like layout that mirrors the Aventador's.
The Lamborghini Huracan receives a new 5.2-liter V10 engine uprated and heavily updated from the engine of Gallardo’s. It produces a total of 610PS at 8,250 rpm and 560Nm of torque at a high 6,500 rpm. Consequently, the brand new Huracan can sprint from a standstill to 100 kmph in just 3.2 seconds with a top speed in excess of 325 kmph.
This power is then sent to all four wheels via a brand new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Just like the Lamborghini Aventador, the new Huracan features three different driving modes. These are Strada, Sport and Corsa. Each of the different modes adjust the behavior of the transmission as well as the engine, sound, electronic stability control and the all-wheel drive system. Helping to bring the Lamborghini Huracan to stop are carbon ceramic brakes as standard. Unfortunately, Lamborghini is yet to reveal further specifications about the upgraded braking system.
Underpinning the car is a heavily revised version of the Gallardo’s platform. Called a hybrid chassis, the platform of the Huracan is the first in the Volkswagen Group to blend both carbon fiber and aluminum. This same platform will be shared with the next generation Audi R8.
Lamborghini will build the Huracan on a brand-new line at its Sant'Agata Bolognese plant, with the first cars reaching customers in the spring of 2014. While the Gallardo remains the most popular Lamborghini to date (14,022 have been produced), the Huracan may just steal the title. Already in its first month on the market, the car has managed to rack up more than 700 orders.