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New Lamborghini Huracan debuts at Geneva

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All good things don’t last forever, and after making 14,022 of the Gallardo over a ten year period, Lamborghini said enough, and closed the book on that supercar forever. For every kid—regardless of age—with a poster of the Gallardo hanging on his wall, it was the end of an era.

Fortunately, as there are ends there are also beginnings, and beginning at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show is Lamborghini’s replacement for the Gallardo, the Lamborghini Huraca’n, of officially, the Huracán LP 610-4.

The name comes, as most Lamborghinis’ model names have, from bullfighting. In this case, Huracán was a fighting bull of the Spanish Conte de la Patilla breed that fought in August 1879 in Alicante. It’s said it was his unyielding character that made him invincible.

Such character Lamborghini says will carry over to the Huracan—we’ll drop the accent in favor of our English keyboard—as it rolls out with a naturally aspirated V10 engine of 5.2-liter displacement and a combination of direct and indirect injection, good for 610 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 413 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm.

The new fuel injection system—Lamborghini makes it more exotic by referring to it in Italian as “Iniezione Diretta Stratificata” combines direct and indirect injection –is responsible, says Lamborghini, for the increase in power and torque compared with the Gallardo as well as a decrease in fuel consumption and emissions.

A new seven-speed transmission fits behind the engine. It’s compact, less than two feet long, a twin-clutch design with two shafts.

The Lamborghini Huracan has a new hybrid chassis made from carbon fiber and aluminum, which allows a vehicle weight of only 3128 lbs overall, including the V-10 engine. Combined with the horses and light weight, acceleration figures come in at zero-to-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds, and zero-to-200 km/h in just 9.9 seconds.

The front and rear sections of the car with the axle mounts are made almost entirely from the aluminum alloy, and carbon-fiber parts produced using RTM (Resin Transfer Molding) are primarily around the driver/passenger cell, forming part of the floor and sills, the center tunnel, the rear bulkhead and the B-pillars.

Top speed is 195 mph. The Lambo goes that fast in large part due to its aerodynamically-designed body. Comprised, like the chassis, from aluminum and carbon fiber—the outer skin is comprised, in Lamborghini’s words, of “taut curves contrast with sharp edges.”

The pointed nose of the Huracan curves down “like the nose of a shark,” again quoting Lamborghini and the rest of the car follows suit. Drawing inspiration from racing, the lower contours of the air intake, which stretches across the entire front of the car, extends forward to make an aerodynamic splitter. There are dual air intakes on the flanks of the Huracan; the upper intake feeds the engine with air while the lower takes in cooling air There’s no large, vertical air intake as on the Gallardo, which Lamborghini says brings “athletic tension and powerful flow to the flank” of the Huracan.

Across the back of the car are three large, horizontal matte-black polymer fins, made to resemble those from the original Miura. Lamborghini offers an optional transparent cover for exhibitionists who want to show off that V-10.

Headlights—all LED—and taillights take on something of a Y-shape. Quad exhaust, two pipes per side, flanks a large diffuser.

There’s more room inside the Huracan than in its predecessor, along with better outward visibility. The dash is low, with more hexagonal elements added to its design. The look is functional look, including air conditioning outlets that look like freestanding equipment. Lamborghini says the Huracan will be comfortable on a long tour or just commuting to work. We’re willing to test that, Mr. Winklemann.

The instrument panel is a high-resolution 1440 x 540 pixel, 12.3-inch TFT screen. Information is shown in three-dimensional graphics and visual effects. A quick processor allows a refresh rate of 60 frames per second, eliminating needle lag.

There’s a need not to lag, however, in placing your order for a Lamborghini Huracan. In the first two months already 1,000 orders have been placed. Obviously somewhere the economy is booming for some fortunate someones. But at that rate—which Lamborghini is likely not to match with production—the Huracan will go faster from the showroom than it will on the road, and that’s saying a lot.

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