This is the 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4, the long-awaited replacement for the Italian automaker’s best-selling 10-year-old Gallardo.
The Gallardo, after more than 14,000 sold, made its last hurrah in November, but when the Huracan debuts this spring, we’ll bet the applause won’t die down until next Christmas.
The aluminum and carbon-fiber chassis looks more like a baby Aventador up front, and from the rear three-quarters, we’re getting some hints of the 1982 Jalpa. Without any badges, it’s obvious the Huracan is a Lamborghini. The outrageous cuts, lines and trapezoidal shapes are rounded off a little, just so you can tell it’s all new.
The 5.2-liter V10 engine has been reworked with a combination of direct and port fuel injection, similar to the technology found on Lexus vehicles, which lets it produce 40 more horsepower than the Gallardo Squadra Corse LP570-4. The result is 610 horsepower at 8250 rpm, zero to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph. That matches the speed of the current LP560-4 and is two-tenths of a second quicker than the LP570-4.
The engine also features an auto start-stop system to reduce emissions (and given how loud this 10-cylinder is at startup, we’re curious how well this really works in traffic). Torque is up from the 397 lb-ft in the LP570-4 to 413 lb-ft, which peaks at the same 6500 rpm.
Despite the addition of carbon fiber, the Huracan weighs slightly more than the Gallardo LP560-4, at a dry weight of 3,135 pounds. The real weight, topped off with all fluids, will be higher.