It may be a few weeks ago, but this year’s New York International Auto Show threw up some pretty wonderful releases. Interesting cars were everywhere, ranging from Land Rover’s futuristic Discovery concept to the 50th anniversary of Ford’s Mustang. And the event also saw the North American debut of Lamborghini’s latest model – the Huracán.
This is Lamborghini’s first release since the ridiculous one-off Egoista last year, and will serve as a replacement for the outgoing Gallardo. Like the Gallardo, the Huracán will be available in two forms: a coupé and a roadster, and will feature a V10 mid-engine with all-wheel drive.
Unlike the Gallardo, the Huracán produces 610bhp (to the Gallardo’s maximum of 562), and has a 0-62mph time of 3.2 seconds (compared to 3.4 for the fastest of the Gallardo range). Top speed matches that of the Gallardo LP 570-4 at 202mph, although Lamborghini have claimed that the Huracán is their most technologically-advanced model to date, being faster, lighter, and more fuel-efficient than its predecessor.
Nevertheless, the new supercar will have large boots (or hooves, in Lamborghini’s case) to fill. The Gallardo, which commenced production in 2003, is Lamborghini’s most popular model to date, with over 14,000 cars having been produced in its lifetime. Furthermore, variants of the Gallardo also won the Top Gear Dream Car of the Year award in 2006 and Car of the Year in 2009.
If the name, Huracán, sounds like the Spanish word for hurricane, that’s because it is. Although, perhaps confusingly, it’s not what the car was named after. The Huracán was in fact named after a 19th century prize bull, which itself was named after a Spanish hurricane. Quite the tongue twister then, although it should at least provide an interesting story to tell admirers. Or a story at any rate.
Prices are going to be predictably high at around £200,000, although, if the Gallardo’s success is anything to go by, Lamborghini shouldn’t have any trouble shifting a few thousand more of this popular range.