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The Lamborghini Huracán has been revealed. The all-wheel-drive model is powered by a V10 engine producing more than 600bhp and has a top speed in excess of 322kph.

The model had been widely tipped to be called Cabrera, but Lamborghini has chosen Huracán — or Huracán LP610-4, to give it its full title — for the name. It continues Lamborghini’s convention of naming its cars after famous fighting bulls, Huracán being a legendary animal that fought in Alicante, Spain, in 1879.

The Huracán follows the same basic formula as the Gallardo, itself the best-selling model in Lamborghini’s history with 14,022 units produced in its 10 years on sale.

The Huracán renews Lamborghini’s assault on the fiercely fought supercar segment with more power and performance, new underpinnings, a high-quality new interior, a new look inspired by the larger Aventador and what the firm describes as an “innovative technology package”.

Much of this specification appears to address the main criticisms of the outgoing Gallardo, which was feeling its age next to more powerful, more modern and higher-quality rivals such as the Ferrari 458 and McLaren 12C.

The mid-engined Huracán’s chassis mixes aluminium and carbonfibre components which, Lamborghini claims, provide “race-car precision with outstanding stiffness”. The chassis is to be shared with the second-generation Audi R8, due in 2015.

Lamborghini had discussed the use of a carbonfibre monocoque for the Huracán, but parent firm Audi deemed the structure too costly to secure the necessary economies of scale for the R8.

The Huracán’s chassis is understood to be clothed in a mixture of aluminium and carbon fibre-reinforced plastic bodywork panels.

Lamborghini has not yet released official dimensions 
for the Huracán, but it appears to be only marginally bigger than its 4345mm long, 1900mm wide and 1165mm high predecessor, although a slight increase over the Gallardo’s 2560mm wheelbase should improve cabin space.

Despite an increase in the use of lightweight materials in its construction, the dry weight of the Huracán has actually increased slightly over that of the Gallardo, from 1410kg to 1422kg. This is most likely down to the amount of interior and dynamic technology that has been added to give the Huracán what Lamborghini claims is a combination of “absolute performance with easy-to-drive road behaviour” and a “luxurious and sports-orientated finish”.

At the heart of the Huracán is a normally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine, heavily updated from its application in the Gallardo to the extent that Lamborghini calls it a new engine, with new direct and indirect injection systems.

It makes 602bhp at 8250rpm and 413lb ft at 6500rpm, up from the 552bhp at 8000rpm and 398lb ft at 6500rpm produced by the Gallardo LP560-4.

Top speed has not been quoted, but Lamborghini 
says it is “over 322kph” —
the claimed top speed of the Gallardo LP560-4. The Huracán can crack 0-100kph in 3.2sec and 0-200kph in 9.9sec, bettering the 0-100 kph time of the Gallardo LP560-4 by half a second.

The standard gearbox is no longer a six-speed manual but a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, christened Lamborghini Doppia Frizione (LDF) and derived from the dual-clutch auto recently added to the Audi R8. Lamborghini has yet to officially confirm the death of the manual gearbox from its range, but it would appear likely, given its absence from the Huracán’s launch line-up.

The gearbox sends drive to the road through an electronically controlled all-wheel drive system. A switch on the steering wheel allows the driver to configure one 
of three dynamic modes — Strada, Sport and Corsa — to deliver a drive ranging from “traction orientated” to “extreme performance”.

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The system adjusts the engine and gearbox maps and the four-wheel drive system as part of an “extensive modification in the road behavior of the Huracán”, according to Lamborghini.

Carbon-ceramic brakes feature on the standard specification, while a variable steering system, called Lamborghini Dynamic Steering, and a magnetorheological adjustable damping set-up can be found on the options list.

The styling is derived from the larger Aventador, including its profile, sharp edges, LED light designs and an engine cover with hexagonal detailing.

The high-quality interior of the Huracán is a big step forward from the Gallardo. It features Nappa leather and Alcantara trim and upholstery, a new 12.3in TFT instrument display, increased multimedia options and a more luxurious feel. A full suite of customisable options will be offered.

The Huracán will enter production on a newly equipped production line at Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata HQ in the spring. UK prices have yet to be revealed, but an increase over the £158,976 Gallardo LP560-4 is expected.

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As with the Gallardo, expect a whole host of extra variants of the Huracán to follow, including an open-top Spyder, a higher-performance Superleggera and entry-level rear-wheel-drive versions.

- AutocarIndia

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Just when you thought that all the greatest auto-designs have already been made, they come up with something as incredible as this! Hats off to the design team, the have made another iconic design and befitting a poster-car. The design seems like it is begging for scissor doors, but that would probably overshadow the Aventador. I particularly like the dual V LED treatment at the front, the front air dam and the rear lights. Simply awesome!

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Within a week of its global reveal at the Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini has shipped an example of its brand new Huracan sportscar to India for multi-city customer events. These spy pictures show a Huracan being unloaded after it arrived at Mumbai airport.

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-AutocarIndia

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