Over the course of nearly a decade of production, Lamborghini has built more than 14,000 Gallardos of various configurations, making it the most successful model in the manufacture’s history. Nicknamed the "baby Lambo", the Gallardo shared the limelight initially with its bigger brother, the Murciélago, and more recently with the Murciélago’s successor, the Aventador, as Lamborghini’s volume sales models. Clearly, any successor to the Gallardo’s throne has big shoes to fill. But the Huracan, which Lamborghini unveiled today ahead of its debut at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, looks to be up to the task.
As has become tradition at Lamborghini, the "610" in 610-4 will signify the 610 horsepower its 5.2-liter V10 develops, while the "4" denotes that all four wheels will get their fair share of the grunt. Power will be sent to those wheels via a new seven-speed dual clutch transmission. With a dry weight of 3135 pounds, Lamborghini says this combination will get the Huracan to 62 mph from a standstill in 3.2 seconds, and on to 124 mph in a total of 9.9 seconds, with a top speed of just over 200 mph.
The interior sees some obvious inspiration from the Aventador. Leather, alcantara, and a massive configurable information display are the order of the day. Much like its big brother’s interior, intricate switchgear and sharp angles abound here, and the Huracan seems to wear the evolved stealth-fighter aesthetic quite well.
Aside from the price, a number of details are still a mystery. Will the Huracan have an optional manual gearbox? Will there be rear-drive variants for those who like to drive sideways? When can we drive one? Hopefully all of this will be answered when the Huracan gets its proper debut at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show in March. Watch the new Huracan roar to life in the video below, and check out the press release beneath for additional details.
The new Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4: A new dimension in Luxury Super Sports Cars
– Innovative technology and absolute performance redefine the super sports car experience
– Pure and powerfully dynamic design language
– New V10 with 610 hp, acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, top speed of over 325 km/h
– From January 2014: private preview events for qualified prospects
Sant’Agata Bolognese, 20.12.2013 — A new era is beginning for Automobili Lamborghini and the luxury super sports car segment: with the brand new Huracán Lamborghini is not only presenting the successor to the iconic Gallardo, but is also redefining the benchmark for luxury super sports cars in this segment. With its pure and unique design, an innovative technology package, outstanding dynamics and excellent quality, the Huracán offers a super sports car experience on a whole new level. The Huracán combines absolute performance with easy-todrive road behavior and both luxurious and sport-oriented finish. With the Huracán, Lamborghini is taking a big step into the future, and enhancing the brand’s illustrious history with the next automotive legend.
Starting from January 2014 the Huracán will be the protagonist of over 130 private preview events in more than 60 cities throughout the world. The Lamborghini Huracán will make its world public debut at the Geneva Motorshow 2014.
With a total volume of 14,022 cars produced, the Lamborghini Gallardo has been the most successful Lamborghini ever and, in its ten-year lifecycle, lifted the Lamborghini marque to a whole new level. Its successor, the new Huracán, has been developed from scratch down to the very last detail and, like the Gallardo and most other Lamborghini models, derives its name from the world of bullfighting. The fighting bull Huracán of the Spanish Conte de la Patilla breed was known for his outstanding courage and strong sense of attack. He 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 new Huracán revolutionizes the design language of the Gallardo and is pure in its lines: precise technology and top level craftsmanship meet an audacious design with sharp edges, monolithic and sculptured volumes and precise surfaces. The starting point is the silhouette of the Huracán, born out of the desire of creating an automobile, whose profile is defined by only one line that merges the front with the cockpit and the rear of the car. The lateral windows come together to create a hexagonal form inserted like a glass jewel in the car’s profile.
Also by night is the Huracán unmistakably a Lamborghini. Not only are the main headlamps equipped with full LED illumination, but all other light functions also feature state-of-the-art LED technology as a standard feature for the first time in the segment.
The interior is dominated by an innovative cockpit. A 12.3 inch full-color TFT instrument panel delivers all car information to the driver, from rev counter to navigation maps and infotainment functions, and can be configured by the driver in different setups. Fine Nappa leather and Alcantara distinguish the interior, with several color combinations offered to ensure broad individualization options. The design of dashboard and central tunnel underline a new lightness in the interior. Superb craftsmanship guarantees the highest quality and sense of luxury throughout.
Chassis and powertrain
Systematic lightweight design and Automobili Lamborghini’s extensive expertise in carbon fiber come together in the Huracán’s new hybrid chassis — an integrated structure of carbon and aluminum elements. With a dry weight of 1,422 kg it enables not only the excellent power-to-weight ratio of just 2.33 kilograms per horse power, but also guarantees race-car precision with outstanding stiffness.
The new 5.2 liter V10 engine delivers a maximum power of 448 kW / 610 HP at 8,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 560 Nm at 6.500 rpm. In the new ”Iniezione Diretta Stratificata” (IDS), direct and indirect gasoline injections are smartly combined. This results in more power and torque with lower fuel consumption and emissions compared with the Gallardo V10 engine. The top speed of over 325 km/h and the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and to 200 km/h in 9.9 seconds only partially describe the dynamic experience at the wheel of the Huracán. Also thanks to the Stop & Start technology, the combined EU consumption figure has been further reduced to 12.5 liters per 100 km (290 g/km CO2 emissions). The engine complies with EU6 emissions regulation.
The power of the V10 engine is brought to the road via the new 7-speed dualclutch transmission ”Lamborghini Doppia Frizione” (LDF) and fully electronically controlled four-wheel drive system. The different driving modes of the Huracán can be selected via a driving dynamics selector switch in the steering wheel – from traction-oriented on the road to extreme performance on the race track, with three setups of the dynamics system: STRADA, SPORT and CORSA. The different modes ensure extensive modification in road behavior of the Huracán. In particular they influence the set-ups of several systems, such as the gearbox and engine behavior, the sound, the four-wheel-drive system and electronic stability control. The Huracán’s carbon-ceramic brakes are a standard feature for consistently superb braking performance. The ”Lamborghini Dynamic Steering” variable steering ratio system and magneto-rheologic suspension damper control are both available as options for further customization of the Huracán’s dynamic behavior. They are also calibrated via the three different dynamic set-ups.
The Huracán is produced at the Automobili Lamborghini headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese on an entirely newly-equipped production line. Delivery to the first customers is planned for spring 2014.
Update: 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Driven on Street and Track
After a decade-long run and 14,000 sales – almost half of the total number of Lamborghinis sold in the company’s 51 year history – the Gallardo is finally being put out to pasture, and the Huracan has stepped in to take its place. Its all-new aluminum and carbon fiber chassis, active suspension and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission all point the way to a thoroughly modernized driving experience on paper, but what’s it like behind the wheel?
What is the basic idea or ideas behind the new Lamborghini Huracan — how is it special?
Replacing the hugely popular Gallardo is no trivial task, and the folks from Lamborghini are quick to tout the new car as being the most accessible and driver friendly vehicle they’ve ever created. To that end, Lamborghini has gone to great lengths to make the Huracan a quantifiably more usable and enjoyable car than the Gallardo while still retaining the core elements that made the outgoing car such a sale success and a joy to drive both on the street and the road course.
How is the Huracan different from the outgoing Gallardo?
Most notably, Lamborghini has pitched the dated single-clutch paddle shifted gearbox in favor of a proper dual clutch seven speed. This gearbox can already be found on the current Audi R8, and it is by any measure a massive step forward from the old unit. "It transforms the car" says EVO’s Matthew Hayward, providing faster shifts without the inherent clunkiness of the single-clutch.
The Huracan retains the 5.2 liter V10 from the Gallardo, but a host of improvements have been made to the naturally aspirated mill, which now outputs 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque and sports a new all-aluminum architecture. For those familiar with the Gallardo and the V10-powered Audi R8, the Huracan’s tune may be familiar one, but certainly not a song anyone appears to be bored of just yet.
A new steering wheel mounted switch dubbed "Anima" controls the Strada, Sport, and Corsa driving modes on offer, which provide varying levels of damper stiffness, throttle response and gearshift scheduling, though mixing and matching your favorite settings from each is not an option. "We wanted Strada’s rear-torque bias and Corsa’s fully manual gearshift control, but the computer said no." lamented Road and Track’s Chris Chilton.
How does the Huracan accelerate?
With its all wheel drive system, new gearbox, and 50 more horses on tap, the Huracan sprints to 62 mph from a standstill in just 3.2 seconds, an improvement of four tenths of a second over the Gallardo. While immensely quick, it’s still safely a few tenths behind its big brother, the Aventador. Interestingly, Lamborghini test drivers have pointed out that it’s actually a dead heat between the two around the Nardo test track, which puts the track focused Gallardo Squadra Corse two seconds behind both of them per lap. If kept on boil, the Huracan will max out at 202 mph.
How does the Huracan compare with its competition?
Lamborghini’s pursuit of everyday usability appears to have come at the cost of some track precision. Mild all-wheel-drive understeer appears to be the most prevalent handling habit, and comparisons with the Ferrari 458 Speciale indicate that the Huracan as it stands now is simply not as precise and willing to rotate as its counterparts from Modena are. That said, as the first iteration of the Huracan, this is to be expected, and a host of hardcore versions of the car are sure to come in the next few years. As a foundation for those, the Huracan shows great promise.
Check out the video below to get EVO’s take on the new baby Lambo: