Lamborghini, as you probably already know, formally announced its new Huracán. Let's all get the pronunciation correct from the start: oo-rah-khan, in English we'll probably say "hoo-rah-khan". Not hurricane. Huracán was a fighting bull famous back in 1879. According to Lamborghini "the fighting bull Huracán of the Spanish Conte de la Patilla breed was known for his outstanding courage and strong sense of attack." And there can be no doubt the newest Lamborghini will be a fierce competitor when it comes to the time attack.
The car boasts some interesting technology, and I'm not talking about the 12.3" TFT screen, though that will provide the driver with an instrument panel that 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. It will probably function a lot like the Nissan GT-R. The tech that interests me more include:
- A hybrid chasis combining aluminum and carbon fibre resulting in a fairly lightweight car at 1422 kg/3134 pounds. It's no Miata, but it's also not heavier than the Gallardo. The hybrid chassis should produce outstanding stiffness for an even more "riding on rails" experience. The continued innovation with carbon fibre at Lamborghini could potentially find its way into everyday Porsches, Audis, and VWs.
- How does a 610 hp V-10 sound? We literally don't know yet, but the it seems like a good thing. It's a pretty good bump up from the Gallardo and will make the Huracán a 200+ mph car. The engine features "Iniezione Diretta Stratificata" (IDS), which is direct and indirect gasoline injections combined. According to Lamborghin this "results in more power and torque with lower fuel consumption and emissions compared with the Gallardo V10 engine." 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. The top speed of over 325 km/h (201 mph) and the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds and to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.9 seconds. Lamborghini indicates these specs only scratch the surface of the car's performance. The car also features Stop & Start technology to improve fuel efficiency. I wonder if it will have a defeat switch for this so-called feature? Unfortunately Lamborghini didn't provide a picture of the engine.
- LED everywhere: "by night the Huracán is 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 tranny: "The power of the V10 engine is brought to the road via the new 7-speed dual-clutch 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."
- Ceramic brakes are apparently standard. Take that one off the options list.
The car will be previewed privately over the next few months until its official debut in Geneva. Will it match the success of the Gallardo? Time will tell.