New & Used Lamborghini Huracan: In Depth
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The Lamborghini Huracan is a two-seat exotic super sports car that represents the entry point to the Italian brand. Despite that low-rung status, it rivals some of the top sports cars in the world, even stepping on the toes of the larger, more expensive Aventador in some measures. It succeeds the Gallardo as the brand's "entry-level" sports car model.
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Like the Gallardo before it, the Huracan uses a 5.2-liter V-10 engine mounted amidships, powering all four wheels, but that's about where the similarities end. Every element of the Huracan has been redesigned, upgraded, and improved as compared to the Gallardo's already high standard.
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 Huracan. 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 Huracan'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 Huracan'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 Huracan's aggressive exterior design. Deliveries of the Lamborghini Huracan began in spring 2014. You'll have to wait at least another year to get one if you're not yet on the order list, as more than 1,000 have already been spoken for.
The Huracan 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.
No roadster version of the Huracan has yet been shown, but one is likely to follow in the next year or so. Higher-power models are also probably on the horizon, if Lamborghini's history is anything to go by, and may include Superleggera (lightweight) models like those offered on the Gallardo before it.