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July 29, 2014

Lamborghini's Huracan sleek throughout

Posted: 03/28/2014 12:01 a.m.
Updated: 03/28/2014 07:14 p.m.


By JOHN HEILPRIN

Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) - Lamborghini's newest supercar, the Huracan LP-610, already occupies an important place in the company's lineup. The futuristic edition is this year's replacement for the Gallardo, its top-selling model of all time.

The Italian company took the wraps off the elegant Huracan - Spanish for hurricane - at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. The car's body, 10 percent lighter than the Gallardo, is built around a hybrid chassis and has new aluminum and carbon fiber components and a powerful engine.

UNDER THE HOOD:

The Huracan sports a 5.2-liter, 610-horsepower V-10 engine. The sports car transmits power to all four wheels through a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Lamborghini estimates a 0-to-62 mph (0-100 kilometers per hour) time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph (325 kph).

INSIDE:

As with the Gallardo, the Huracan caters to well-heeled sports car enthusiasts. The interior comes standard in black with soft Nappa leather and Alcantara, a suede-like material, on the heated seats, door panels and dashboard. There's also a 12.3-inch color instrument panel to display information and data about the car and for audio and infotainment functions.

OUTSIDE:

The low slung sports car builds on the Gallardo's sleek lines, with a new silhouette that has big side air intakes, a grille with mesh inserts and LED-only headlamps.

FUEL ECONOMY:

The company says the Huracan gets almost 19 miles per gallon, or 12.5 liters per 100 kilometers under the European standard, which combines city and highway conditions.

PRICE:

The starting price tag is 169,500 euros, or $233,000. The figure does not include tax. Production has begun and deliveries are expected in coming months.

CHEERS:

The Huracan is drawing wide interest, and company officials say it has already taken some 1,000 orders. The new supercar has big wheels to fill: Since the Gallardo was first introduced at the 2003 Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini has built more than 14,000 of those models, making it the company's best-selling product.

JEERS:

Only if you can't handle the electronically controlled shocks and huge carbon-ceramic disk brakes that provide for the sudden stops and starts in a vehicle the company describes as "like a time machine," only faster.

Launched in 1963 by an Italian tractor builder, Lamborghini began with GT coupes sporting V-12 engines. It rolled out the P400 Miura with top speed of 180 mph in fall 1965.

A bull emblem graces the cars, which have included such eye-catching features as gull-winged doors and have provided competition over the decades for the more established Italian supercar maker Ferrari.

Lamborghini has been a division of Volkswagen Group through its Audi division since 1998.