As the automotive industry says goodbye to the Gallardo, the best-selling model from Lamborghini, the new model is coming like a Hurricane, rather a Huracán. The new Huracán is the replacement for the company’s mid-range super car – just below the Aventador, formerly the Murcielago. Not only is the model even more powerful than its predecessor, it is even better looking.
The new replacement was shown privately during the New York Auto Show this week, just a month after its first debut in Geneva. In regards to its design, Lamborghini president Stephan Winkelmann fervently stated, “design is not art.” A typical German answer. “There are rules in design that come from technology…we need to industrialize these designs.” He explained further that the beauty of a car is even more extraordinary if one is working within the process of the designing of the car.
The Huracán’s body styling is the craftsmanship of Lamborghini’s head of design, Filippo Perini. He used carbon-fiber and lightweight aluminum, along with the inspiration of mathematical beauty of the Fibonacci sequence – once again, typical Germanism.
The styling, though, does not stem from any of the Audi models, the new owner of Lamborghini. You get an updated version of the fighter-jet style headlights first found on the Reventon, as well as the muscular rear end styling reminiscent of the Countach.
Since Lamborghini is under the ownership of Audi which is a subsidiary of Volkswagen, the days of their cars having space rockets and guns mounted on the side are in the past. However, under the ownership of the German giant, cars from Lamborghini are seemingly more reliable.
Under the hood of the Huracán is same 5.2-liter V-10 found the Gallardo; however, it is much different. Lamborghini has increased the power output by 49 horsepower and 15 pounds-feet of torque. This has the final performance numbers at 601and 413, respectively. The improved numbers will send the Huracán from a dead stop to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. Additional output comes from improved air intake systems, lower-friction gears with better ratios per gear, and new cylinder heads introducing both direct and port injection.
Although the last version of the Gallardo offered a traditional manual transmission, it seems the tradition of slamming through the gears is dying off. Last year, only 13 people bought the car equipped with the traditional manual transmission. Therefore, Lamborghini is offering a new seven-speed double clutch automatic – colloquially known on the infamous show Top Gear as a “flappy paddle gear box”.
The Huracán will continue the Gallardo’s quintessential weight distribution of 43/57 from front to back due to its mid-engine placement. Moreover, the torque displacement will match the weight distribution at 43/57. Lamborghini claims that all of the engine’s power can be sent to the rear wheels.
Lamborghini’s Huracán will not follow the automotive trend with a carbon fiber structure like the Ferrari 458, McLaren MP4-12C, and nearly all other high-end super cars. This is mainly due to cost and production volume and the fear of losing revenue of the new model. Instead, the Huracán’s frame will come off of the Audi R8. Though, some carbon fiber will be found on the Huracán, albeit 15 percent, but still some. To reduce weight to offset the extra pounds from the aluminum frame, the new Lambo will have fire walls and sills made of carbon fiber. The weight shedding will cut the car’s curb weight by nearly 200 pounds versus the Gallardo.
Since the Lambo is lighter and more powerful, it should launch to its top speed of 202 mph much quicker than its predecessor. Should one need to stop the Italian bull in a hurry, the Huracán comes with carbon-ceramic brakes as standard.
In keeping with the times, Lamborghini leaves its pantomime, ostentatious designs and hard-to-drive steering and shifting in the past. Like most other super cars, the Huracán will feature many driver aids like traction control (probably dozens of settings), the double-clutch automatic, and a rear differential to put a computerized amount of power to the wheels. Even though the electronic aids may stifle Lamborghini’s intense history with exciting, yet hard-to-drive cars, they do make it true competitor with the top adversaries from the European super car market – the Ferrari 458 Italia and the McLaren MP4-12C who also offer many driver aids.
At a price of over $200,000, the Huracán will put a heavy dent in your wallet. Though, the steep price does tap you into the decades-long tradition of Lamborghini. By driving this car, you get nearly 50 years of Lamborghini tradition and passion. They might not be as outlandish as before there were under the supervision of Audi, but Lamborghini never disappoints. Nonetheless, if you decide to splurge on the Huracán it will turn heads whether you’re pulling up to the mall in Los Angeles or to the Monaco Grand Prix.
By: Alex Lemieux