The successor to the Lamborghini Gallardo – the Huracan, is a big step forward for the Italian super sports car manufacturer.
The Huracan is named after a fighting bull of the Spanish Conte de la Patilla breed. The bull’s unyielding character character made him invincible. As fantastic as the Gallardo was in its ten year production, the Huracan has the recipe to become even more astonishing.
The body is jaw-dropping. The arrow-head front end angles sharply downwards which instantly conveys serious performance, dynamics and the need for speed – something Lamborghini are very passionate about. Daytime LED running lights taking shape of two ‘Y’ contours in the headlamps give the car predatory status.
The Huracan has a hybrid chassis, composed from aluminium and carbon-fibre reinforced polymer which means the Gallardo’s successor will be even lighter and stiffer, weighing less than 200 kg.
The interior of the Huracan is designed to be sporty yet spacious and comfortable to make long-distance more enjoyable. The seats with pronounced contouring and integrated backrests provide the occupants with grip and support. The fine materials used are intended to intensify the senses with their look, smell and feel.
Behind the multi-functional, three-spoke steering wheel and the large gearshift paddles sits a 12.3 inch TFT screen which presents all cockpit information in razor-sharp 3D graphics and ensures homogenous movement of the tachometer needle.
The engine powering the Huracan is a 5.2 litre V10 which produces 610 bhp and 413 lbs ft of torque. It is a naturally aspirated unit with stunning throttle response captivating the driver’s senses with a shriek from behind the driver’s head which carries on well over 8,000 rpm.
To get the best out of the glorious ten-cylinder sitting behind the driver there is an all-new seven speed dual-clutch transmission. It claims to be super fast with virtually imperceptible gearshifts without any interruption in torque. The gear ratios are set closely for maximum and instantaneous performance.
The chassis in the Huracan is able to cope with extremely high cornering speeds and is precise offering secure stability. The mid-engined layout offers excellent weight distribution giving the chassis faultless balance. There is a new trick damping system which reduces the effects of bodyroll and heightens the reaction ability.
A new innovation called ANIMA “Adaptive Network Intelligent Management” the acronym also happening to translate to ‘Soul’ from Italian. This system is played with via a button on the steering wheel which flicks between driving modes; “Strada”, “Sport” and “Corsa”. These modes alter throttle valves, the butterfly valves in the exhaust system, the responsiveness of the dual clutch transmission, along with the grip levels the all-wheel drive system and electronic stability program provide.
The standard brakes on the Huracan are carbon ceramic which provide intense stopping power. The front rotors measure 380 mm and the rears 356 mm respectively. The brakes are claimed to be virtually fade-free when the six piston calipers on the front axle are really leaned on.
The Lamborghini Huracan is shaping up to be a perfect successor to the utterly brilliant Gallardo.