BUSINESS car user-choosers who’ve really made it now have an exciting new option to add to their shopping lists – the Lamborghini Huracan, which replaces the long-running Gallardo, the best-selling car in Lamborghini’s history.
Externally, the sharp-edged Huracan looks every inch a Lamborghini but gets a few novel touches as well, including LED headlamps.Under the skin there’s a mighty new 5.2-litre V10 petrol engine producing 610PS and an enormous 560 Nm of torque, enough to blast the Huracan from rest to 62 mph in only 3.2 seconds – not bad for the baby of the Lamborghini family. Top speed is a shade over 200 mph.
There’s at least a nod to fuel efficiency and CO2-based taxes, in the form of Stop & Start technology, which helps the Lamborghini Huracan turn in a combined fuel consumption of 12.5 litres per 100km (about 22.6mpg) with emissions of 290g/km. The new car is both faster and more fuel-efficient than the out-going Gallardo, and meets the latest Euro 6 emissions standards as well.
The Huracan will be doing well if it sells as well as the Gallardo, though – that car had a production run of 14,022 cars over ten years, a remarkable figure for an exotic model of this sort.
Incidentally, the Huracan’s name, intended, no doubt to capture something of its storming performance, comes, as the Lamborghini tradition has it, from the world of bull-fighting.
It recalls the bull Huracan, which, according to Lamborghini “fought in Alicante in August 1879, showing his unrelenting character and remaining defiant and invincible, thus entering into the legend of fighting bulls’ history.”
The Lamborghini Huracan will be shown to the general public for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014, with the first deliveries to customers taking place at around the same time. There’s no news on UK prices yet but if the Gallardo is any guide, don’t expect much, if any, change from £150,000.