2014 Geneva - Lamborghini Huracan sets the stage on fire

The Gallardo is a significant model in Italian sports-car manufacturer Lamborghini's history. Since its debut in 2003, the Gallardo has sold a whopping 14,022 units, making it, by far, the largest-selling Lamborghini ever and one of the best-selling sports-cars of all time. That the Gallardo alone made up almost half of all the 30,000 Lamborghinis built since the company's inception in 1963 makes it an icon in the history of Sant'Agata Bolognese.

And that, folks, brings us to the Huracan, the latest raging bull from Italy that replaces the Gallardo in Lamborghini's lineup. Setting the stage on fire, the Huracan, like all other Lamborghinis, makes us go weak on our knees. The sharp, angular styling that throws up hexagonal patterns from whatever angle you look at, together with the stunning detailing as evident in the headlights, taillights and exhaust pipes amongst other things, are sure to create a visual impact that few automobiles on earth can match. The interiors of the Huracan seem to be as special and inviting as the exterior styling. The stylish steering wheel flanked by big paddle shifters, the fighter-jet-inspired switches in the center console and the chiseled air-conditioner vents and instrument cluster stand out.

A naturally-aspirated, 5.2-liter V10 engine that sits beneath the rear window puts out a staggering 610 horsepower at 8250 rpm and 560 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission dubbed Lamborghini Doppia Frizione (LDF) in Italian lingo transfers all that torque to the wheels through an electronic all-wheel-drive system that splits the torque in a 30:70 ratio to the front and rear wheels by default. Depending on the situation, it is capable of splitting the torque equally between the front and rear wheels and diverting all the available torque to the rear wheels. Lamborghini claims that the Huracan is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds on to a top speed of more than 325 km/h.

It is expected that the Huracan will easily beat out the Gallardo to become the most successful Lamborghini ever made. And that would mean the Volkswagen-Audi Group that owns Lamborghini is staring at tons of profit at some distance.

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