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If "bargain" and "Lamborghini" don't sound mutually exclusive to you, mazel tov. The base price of a 2016 Lamborghini Huracan touches $250,000 and for that much the super sports car rivals some of the top performance cars in the world, even stepping on the toes of the larger, more expensive Aventador in some measures. The Huracán succeeds the Gallardo as the brand's less-expensive sports car... Read More Below »
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If "bargain" and "Lamborghini" don't sound mutually exclusive to you, mazel tov. The base price of a 2016 Lamborghini Huracan touches $250,000 and for that much the super sports car rivals some of the top performance cars in the world, even stepping on the toes of the larger, more expensive Aventador in some measures.

The Huracán succeeds the Gallardo as the brand's less-expensive sports car. Like the Gallardo before it, the Huracán gets its power from a 5.2-liter V-10 engine mounted amidships, powering all four wheels. That's about where the similarities end. Every element of the Huracán has been redesigned, upgraded, and improved as compared to the Gallardo's already high standard.

MORE: Read our 2015 Lamborghini Huracan review

In base form, that 5.2-liter V-10 engine generates 601 horsepower, sending its power through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to all four wheels. Acceleration is predictably brisk, with 62 mph arriving in just 3.2 seconds and 124 mph in 9.9 seconds. The car's top speed is 202 mph.

The acceleration is aided by a lower power-to-weight ratio, with the chassis of the latest little Lambo using plenty of aluminum and carbon fiber. Weight is down to a relatively svelte 3,140 pounds. Lamborghini is using new bonding methods to connect the aluminum to the carbon fiber, ensuring durability and rigidity.

The technological advancements continue inside the Huracán. Drivers are greeted by a 12.3-inch information display, which takes the place of conventional gauges and also displays infotainment and navigation information. The screen can also be customized to the driver's taste. A covered start button sits at the base of the center console, while a secondary screen for ancillary (digital) gauges sits up top, and a steering-wheel button lets the driver select between Strada, Sport, and Corsa driving modes. The interior has an almost industrial, purpose-built feel to it, with all of the important functions directed toward the driver, and several items on the steering wheel, which has no stalks sprouting from its column.

The trio of modes also determine the shift points and speed of the Huracán's transmission, exhaust volume, stability control settings, throttle mapping, chassis response, and four-wheel-drive system calibration. An optional Dynamic Steering system can further enhance performance-tuned dynamics, while magnetorheological dampers offer a range of ride and handling settings to go along with the three modes.

Another high-tech element of the Huracán's performance is the Piattaforma Inerziale, which uses three gyroscopes and accelerometers (most cars use only a single gyroscope) to precisely measure the car's pitch, roll, and yaw rates, thereby enhancing the computer's ability to calculate traction and maximize speed while retaining the safety net of computer intervention. Because the Huracan uses three gyroscopes, no data has to be interpolated from other sensors, cutting the response time for the system even further.

Attractive 20-inch wheels partially obscure meaty carbon-ceramic brakes and complement the Huracán's aggressive exterior design.

The Huracán is raced in the Blancpain one-mark SuperTrofeo series and will soon be added to FIA competition where it will go up against other marques with the addition of a GT3-spec version of the car. Roadgoing special editions are inevitable, with some likely to take influences from the racing versions.

In 2016, the Huracan is joined by a roadster version and a rear-wheel drive version, the latter dropping a few hp to power the back end exclusively. Higher-power models are also probably on the horizon, and if Lamborghini's history is anything to go by, the lineup may include Superleggera (lightweight) models like those offered on the Gallardo before it.

For 2016, the Huracán adds cylinder deactivation to improve fuel economy, as well as more expensive and extensive color and trim options.

Fuel economy isn't as bad as the V-10 might lead you to believe: the EPA rates the Huracan at 14 mpg city, 21 mpg highway, 17 mpg combined.

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