A new kind of “Hurricane” just blew in from Italy, the Lamborghini Huracan (which is Spanish for “hurricane”). Intriguingly, the Huracan LP 610-4 is a four-wheel drive and one of the most technologically advanced automobiles on the road anywhere.
The Huracan is designed to replace Lamborghini’s most successful model ever, the Gallardo. If the specifications reported in the press are real, the Huracan is going to be just as popular and successful as the Gallardo was.
Some of the Huracan’s features include:
- A 5.2-liter, V10 engine capable of generating up to 602 horsepower and 6,500 rpm worth of Torque.
- A top speed of 202 miles per hour.
- A new engine technology called Iniezione Diretta Stratificata (or IDS) that will combine direct and indirect fuel injections. This is supposed to result in better gas mileage and lower emissions.
- A seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
- A fully electronic four-wheel drive system that sends power to all four wheels.
- A choice of three driving modes: Strada (highway), Sport, and Corsa.
- The capability to reach 62 miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds and 124 miles per hour in 9.9 seconds.
- A fuel economy of 18.5 miles per gallon, thanks to the new Stop & Start Technology.
- A carbon fiber aluminum body that weighs just 3,135 pounds.
- A hybrid chassis that allows race car precision with outstanding stiffness.
- Carbon ceramic breaks.
- The Lamborghini Dynamic Steering system, which allows a variable steering ratio and magnetorheological suspension damper control.
- A 12.3-inch, full-color TFT instrument panel that gives the driver full information and access to maps and entertainment. It can be configured in different colors.
The Huracan won’t be available to drivers until sometime next year. It’s scheduled to be unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show.
The name Huracan comes from a legendary Spanish fighting bull that died in 1879. The price of the Huracan has not been revealed, but the media is speculating that it will cost between $220,000 and $300,000 apiece.
A Fuel Efficient Lamborghini?
One has to wonder about the emphasis on fuel efficiency. After all, a person that can afford a Lambo probably isn’t worried about paying for gasoline. Perhaps Lamborghini is trying to promote its green credentials without having to bring out a hybrid.
We also have to wonder if anybody will be willing to drive the Huracan off the road or in the snow. It seems to sit too low for any serious off-roading.
If you want more details, pictures and other information are available at the Lamborghini website. There’s no word on what the Huracan will cost to insure, but if past supercars are anything to go on, you’ll have to pay around $20,000 a year for insurance.
Once again, supercars have been taken to a new level. We have to wonder if Ferrari, Austin Martin, Maserati, and Bugatti are going to top the Huracan. Will we soon get a supercar that can really run off-road or not? The headlines are right – the supercar wars are heating up.