The new Lamborghini Huracan replaces the outgoing Gallardo model, and combines an updated version of the brilliant V10 engine, which now produces 602bhp and 413 lb ft of torque, with an all-new aluminium architecture.
Thanks to a new direct and indirect fuel injection, named ‘IDS’, the Huracan is also much cleaner, with lower CO2 emissions. Thanks to the extra power, and dry weight of 1422kg, the Huracan can sprint from 0-60mph in 3.5secs, and go onto a 202mph top speed. As with the standard original Gallardo, the Huracan comes with four-wheel drive as standard.
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The engine is hooked up to the road via a brand new seven-speed ‘LDF’ dual clutch transmission – a first for such a gearbox in a Lambo. Although this does spell an end to the old-school ‘E-Gear’ system from the old model, it also means that there is now sadly no option for a manual gearbox. Carbon ceramic brake discs are a standard feature.
Lamborghini has managed to keep the weight below 1500kg, thanks to thee use of carbon fibre and aluminium in the Huracan’s chassis, although this is still slightly heavier than the Gallardo. There’s a new steering wheel-mounted switch, which allows the driver to choose between the tree driving modes – Strada, Sport and Corsa.
Replacing the Gallardo was never going to be an easy task. Lamborghini’s most successful car ever, the mid-engined V10 supercar proved that the Italian company - under the watchful eye of Audi - could still produce an exciting car. The baby Lambo also reinforced the company’s newfound reliability and usability.
Over the years the Gallardo grew and expanded to fill more exciting roles, with the more extreme models like the Superleggera, Balboni edition and the final model produced - the Squadra Corse - offering more specialist thrills.
How does it stack up against its rivals, and of course the car it replaces? Watch Jethro Bovingdon’s video above to find out just what we think of the new car.