The Huracan is the successor to the $455,000 Lamborghini Gallardo, which, with 14,022 units produced over its 10-year run, was the most successful Lamborghini model to date, accounting for half of all vehicles sold since the company opened its doors in 1963.
When questioned on Huracan’s pricing strategy over the previous Gallardo, Lamborghini head of the Asia Pacific Region, Andrea Baldi, cited currency fluctuations and the opportunity to reposition the company’s entry-level super-sports car in Australia.
“The pricing of the Gallardo when we launched the car many years ago reflected the positioning of our competitors at the time. In more recent times there have been significant fluctuations in the exchange rate between the Australian dollar and the Euro, particularly at the end of 2012, when the value of the dollar was at its highest peak, and so we took a risk with a reduced pricing strategy in response to customer concerns,” Baldi conceded.
“Not only have we repositioned the entry-level offering from Lamborghini in Australia, but we have also included certain options as standard such as the Magnetorheological dampers, lifting system and Bluetooth connectivity to name but a few.
“Australia is the only country in the world where the price of the new Lamborghini Huracan is less than the model it replaces,” he added.
Armed with a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine producing a power output of 448kW at 8250rpm and maximum torque of 560Nm at 6500rpm (up 27kW and 20Nm over the Gallado LP570-4), the Huracan is capable of reaching 100km/h in 3.2 seconds, two tenths quicker than the quickest Gallardo could ever manage. Zero to 200km/h takes just 9.9 seconds.
According to the board member for R&D at Lamborghini S.p.A, Maurizio Reggiani, the Huracan is also a full two seconds faster around Nardo than the fastest version of the Gallardo, the LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale.
Importantly, the engine is paired with a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that replaces the six-speed e-gear semi-automatic gearbox used previously.
The Huracan also benefits from more carbonfibre, which not only makes the chassis lighter and stronger then ever before, but also means the improved performance is achieved while spending an average 12.5 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (down from 13.7L).
The 20-inch Pirelli tyres (245/30 front, 305/30 rear) have been designed specifically for the Huracan, while the brakes are carbon ceramic with six-pot calipers up front and four-pot at the back.
The cabin of the new car is inspired by the range-topping Aventador and features many of the same switches, as well as a high-resolution TFT instrument display with three different interchangeable screens.
There’s also a flat-bottomed steering wheel that houses the paddleshifters, turn signals, windshield wiper switch and drive mode selector.
The drive mode selector affects engine response, shift speed, the all-wheel drive system, stability control, as well as a launch control function. The system has been given an acronym that spells out “anima,” the Italian word for “soul”.
Lamborghini’s four independent dealers in Australia have already received 40 firm orders for the Huracan, though delivery of those cars is likely to stretch out to between 12-18 months, despite the current daily production rate of 10 cars.
The Italian-based factory expects full capacity production of 14 cars per day to be reached by January 2014, and Automobili Lamborghini president and CEO Stefan Winkelmann told CarAdvice at the 2014 Geneva show that the Huracan is destined to displace the Gallardo as the company's highest-selling model of all-time.
Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 technical data
BODYSHELL AND RUNNING GEAR
Hybrid chassis made from aluminium and carbon fibre
Outer skin made from aluminium and composite material
Aluminium double-wishbone suspension
Springs and dampers
Steel springs and hydraulic dampers. MagneRide electromagnetic damper control available as an option
ESC / ABS characteristics can be adjusted via ANIMA; ESC can be deactivated
Hydraulic dual-circuit brake system with vacuum brake servo unit, six-piston calipers at the front, four-piston calipers at the rear
Carbon-ceramic brake discs, Ø 380 x 38 mm front, Ø 356 x 32 mm rear
Electromechanical power steering, optional LDS steering with variable ration
Pirelli 245/30 R20 (front) and 305/30 R20 (rear)
Electrically-controlled exterior mirrors
Full size dual-stage front airbags; full size lateral airbags
Ten-cylinder V, 90-degree, IDS+MPI dual injection
Bore / stroke
Ø 84.5 mm X 92.8 mm
Intake and exhaust camshafts with continually variable adjustment
12.7 + 0.2
449 kW / 610 hp at 8,250 rpm
560 Nm at 6,500 rpm
Four catalysts with lambda regulation
Water and oil cooling systems
Bosch MED 17; master slave
All-wheel drive with electrohydraulic multi-plate clutch
7-speed LDF dual-clutch transmission, shift characteristics variable via Drive Select Mode
> 325 km/h
Width (incl. ext mirrors)
Weight / power
42 per cent front to 58 per cent rear
17.8 L / 100 km
9.4 L / 100 km
12.5 L / 100 km
** according to DIR. EC/1999/100