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Lamborghini Huracan: Will It Outsell The Famed Gallardo?

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(The Name Means Hurricane)

The name Huracan means hurricane and, like all Lamborghinis, is the name of a famous Italian fighting bull.  The 2014 Huracan model is designed to replace the Gallardo, which was the company’s best selling model ever. The Gallardo was produced and sold from 2003 until 2013 with just over fourteen thousand units being manufactured over the model’s lifespan. 

Compare that to the twenty-nine hundred or so Diablos that Lamborghini managed to move with their second best selling car and you begin to realize the heroic shoes that the Huracan is expected to fill. However, there are a few things going for the Huracan and you can bet that the Volkswagen-owned Lamborghini organization has poised the Huracan to leverage all of them.

The Huracan is likely to be the company’s most successful seller ever due to the car’s power and mechanics, price and performance, and looks.

Power And Mechanics

Revealed at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, the Lamborghini Huracan is a mid-engined, all wheel drive, 5.2 Liter, V10 that cranks out a maximum of 602 horsepower and 413 ft-lbs of torque.

 That amazing power is delivered to the road by a 7-speed automatic transmission and a dual clutch gearbox. There is no full manual transmission option, which may annoy purists, but I am sure that no one could out-drive the automatic tuning that the Huracan comes with.

 The driver can, although, choose “manual mode” and shift with paddles on the left and right of the steering wheel. The new V10 also features a combination of direct and multi-port fuel injection systems that provides the best results of both.

 The driver can also choose between Strada, Sport, and Corsa driving modes. Strada means street, Corsa is the race mode with the stiffest suspension and most drastic power-curve, and Sport is in the middle.

 The vehicle adds a defeatable (you can turn it on or off) stop-start system that shuts the engine off when you stop, then restarts it when you go (for driving in stop-and-go traffic situations such as multiple lights). The idea is to save gas, but just imagining it makes me crazy. BMW has it on some of their cars and anyone I know who has driven one says it is annoying.

 The company claims that because of an already warmed up engine and what-not that the stop-start function is barely noticeable and should not play havoc with the Italian V10 Lamborghini power plant by stopping it and starting it a zillion times. The way I look at it is this: if I can afford the $241,945 base price, I can likely afford to let another 1/40th of a gallon of gas to burn at the light.

Which brings us to price.

Lamborghini Huracan White

Lamborghini Huracan White
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Lamborghini Huracan White

Price And Performance

The Lamborghini Huracan base price is $241,945. Consider that the Huracan closely rivals the $404,195 base priced Aventador in acceleration and top speed and you begin to see how a car priced at nearly a quarter million bucks can be considered a value from some perspectives.

 In fact, Car And Driver claims zero to sixty at 2.5 seconds, and a 10.4 second 135mph quarter mile. That is ridiculously fast and, in fact, beats the fabled speed of the Porsche 911 Turbo S (albeit at just shy of twice the cost). Topping out at 220 mph makes the Huracan one of the fastest cars on the road. In fact, anything faster is seriously splitting hairs.

 The car will also brake from 70 mph to a stop in 144 feet.


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The Huracan has a wheelbase of 103.15 inches, an overall length of 175.55 inches, and a height of 45.9 inches. The car is 88.03 inches wide (including the mirrors) and weighs in at 3,135 pounds without gas, people, or your backpack. To put it in perspective, that is roughly fifteen inches shorter, sixteen inches wider, and twelve inches lower than a Honda Accord.

 That short, wide, low stance and the trademark arching curve from front bumper to rear exhaust give the Huracan an aggressive look. However, the air intakes are much more subtle with the smaller gills tucked in ahead of the rear wheels. Compared, to the gaping aspirators featured on the larger V12 Aventador, the air intakes on the Huracan look almost forgotten.

 The front end is also more integrated than the more angular, segmented V12 big brother and the car’s doors open out parallel to the ground like a normal car door. Gasp!

 Overall the Huracan looks a bit smoothed out and calmed down from a purely visual perspective. Yes, it still looks like a Lamborghini, and it still flashes an exotic’s wicked grin, but the entire package just looks a bit tamed in my opinion.

 Don’t get me wrong; I still wouldn’t kick the Huracan out of bed, so to speak. But half the people in the world that want a Lamborghini want one, at least partially, for the cool scissor doors that open upward. Being that this is Lambo’s so called entry-level car, those plain-jane doors may be the only miss on the entire vehicle. I bet the guys down at the local custom import shop are already working up blank invoices and ordering parts to install scissor doors on forty percent of the Huracans scheduled for delivery in 2015.

 There are nineteen colors available and yes, you can get it in that cool green color that everyone loved from the Gallardo (almost). The new green is called Verde Mantis Pearl as opposed to the older Verde Ithaca Pearl and to me it looks just a tiny shade darker, but time will tell once we see a few in real life.

 There are five matt colors available, and for my money the Grigio Titans Matt, which is a sort of flat smoky grey color, is one of the most beautiful finishes I have ever seen on any car.

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Clocking in at just under $242K with no options, the V10 Lamborghini Huracan is ready to deliver and satisfy more new Lambo owners than any car in the company’s history. The Huracan performs as well or better than it’s V12 Aventador big brother and costs about a hundred-seventy grand less which positions the car at a value (albeit a value for a really expensive machine).

 It only comes with an automatic, but you can select “manual” mode so you can shift with the paddles behind the wheel like an Indy car, and the driver can select three driving modes from street, to sport, to out-and-out racetrack. It also has a stop-start function designed to shut the car down at a red light to save some gas, then start it again when you push the gas peddle, but luckily you can turn that off.

 Overall the car is gorgeous, powerful, and extremely fast. It may look a bit more rounded off and chilled out than the Aventador, but it still looks like a beast of an Italian exotic. Just make your appointment to convert the doors to articulate up like you have wanted on your Lamborghini since you were fourteen years old, and all will be right in the world. 



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