New & Used Lamborghini Huracan: In Depth
The 21st century is a great time for supercars--there are more of them than ever, and they're faster and better-looking than ever. The Lamborghini Huracan is one of the latest to join these ranks, taking over for the retired Gallardo as the brand's entry-level model.
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Like the Gallardo, 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 over the Gallardo's already high standard.
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, 124 mph in 9.9 seconds, and a top speed of 202 mph.
But it's not all about power and acceleration with the Huracan. Extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum cut the new small Lamborghini's weight to 3,140 pounds, employing some unique high-tech bonding methods to ensure rigidity and durability where carbon fiber meets aluminum.
Other high-tech elements of the Huracan can be found inside the car, where a 12.3-inch display functions as the instrument panel. The display panel can be reconfigured to show a wide array of information, including the usual dial-measured rpm and speed to navigation directions and more. The Huracan's adjustable driving experience is controlled via cockpit buttons that offer Strada, Sport, and Corsa modes.
Those three modes also control the responsiveness of the Huracan's transmission, exhaust, stability control, throttle mapping, and four-wheel-drive system. An optional Dynamic Steering system can further enhance performance-tuned dynamics, while magneto-rheological dampers offer a range of ride and handling qualities to match the three modes as well.
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.
Twenty-inch alloy wheels, huge carbon ceramic brakes, and a stunning exterior design also come standard with the Huracan. The Lamborghini Huracan will begin delivery to customers in spring 2014--but you'll have to wait another year to get one if you're not already on the order list, as more than 1,000 have already been sold.