Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 revealed

Within weeks of the final Gallardo rolling out of the Lamborghini factory at Sant’Agata Bolognese, the Italian supercar marquee has unveiled its much-awaited replacement – the Huracán LP 610-4. Following Lamborghini’s naming convention, the ‘Huracán’ comes from the name of a famous fighting bull of the Spanish Conte de la Patilla breed. The ‘LP 610-4’ points towards the longitudinally mounted V10 engine, that feeds 610PS of power to the four-wheel drive system.
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This sleek beast competes brings hot competition to the doors of the technically flawless McLaren MP4 12C, the flamboyant Ferrari 458 Italia and the sophisticated Audi R8 V10 Plus.
You can read a comparison of all of these desirable machines here.

Though designed and engineered from the ground-up, the Huracán is a clear evolution of the Gallardo’s form, with its clean lines and conventional doors. But the current Lamborghini design theme is clear throughout. There are full-LED headlamps and feature Y-shaped daytime lights. While the bumpers have large air dams, they aren’t as outrageous in design as what we have seen on the Veneno or the Egoista concept.

We particularly like the design of the side profile though. The B-pillars feature big, triangular scoops while the lower end of the car gets Aventador-esque air-intakes placed behind the doors. The rear end too has a very clean design to it. The taillights are slim with a dropped-Y motif and the rear diffuser has a subtle design as well. The four exhaust pipes come in the form of two simple ovals on either end of diffuser – unlike a massive, centrally mounted muffler like what we’ve seen on the newer Lamborghinis.
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The B-pillars feature big, triangular scoops while the lower end of the car gets Aventador-esque air-intakes placed behind the doors
The interiors of the Huracán feature a 12.3 inch full-colour TFT screen that acts as the instrumentation. Apart from displaying the rev counter, speedometer and trip computer, it also acts as a display for the navigation system and infotainment functions. The console, dashboard and the transmission tunnel has a fighter-jet inspired design and the Nappa leather and Alcantara upholstery adds the hint of luxury to the otherwise no-nonsense design.

But the most important characteristics of the Huracán are the mechanicals, of course. The carbonfibre-aluminium hybrid chassis weighs only 1,422 kgs and claims a power to weight ratio of 2.66 kg/PS. The familiar 5.2-litre V10 engine now delivers 610PS at 8,250rpm and 560 Nm at 6,500rpm while claiming better fuel economy and lesser emissions. The engine is mated to a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that the carmaker likes to call ‘Lamborghini Doppia Frizione’. The power and torque is fed to the wheels through a fully automated four-wheel drive system. Lamborghini claims that the Huracán sprints from naught to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and can manage a top speed of 325 kmph!
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The interiors of the Huracán feature a 12.3 inch full-colour TFT screen that acts as the instrumentation
The Huracán features carbon ceramic brakes as standard, while a variable steering ratio system and magnetic suspension are optional extras. The electronics let the driver choose between three driving modes – STRADA, SPORT and CORSA – which make adjustments to the behavior of the engine and gearbox, the four-wheel drive system, the ESP and the exhaust note.
We’ll have to wait though, to see and hear the Huracán in action, for the Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 will go on sale only in the spring of 2014.

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