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Ride Like the Wind

The Huracán is fast and ferocious, but there is a calm inside Lamborghini’s new super sports car. 

Ever since the mid-1970s and the arrival of the Countach, Lamborghinis have looked outrageous—with scoops, wings, scissor doors, and wedge-shaped silhouettes—and been viewed as challenging to drive. Controlling the Countach, Diablo, and Murciélago required the equivalent of a full-body workout in a sweatbox, and those cars were unforgiving of driver errors. Although the Gallardo was the best-selling Lamborghini ever, with 14,022 produced from 2003 through 2013, it did not alter the way the brand’s vehicles were perceived; and eventually, in comparison to other cars in its super-sports-car class, it was wanting in amenities.

The Gallardo’s replacement is the Huracán LP 610-4, and it is as eye-catching as any previous Lamborghini. It was introduced in March at the Geneva Motor Show and will arrive in showrooms this summer with a starting price of about $240,000. In keeping with Lamborghini tradition, it is named after a renowned Spanish fighting bull (not the storm or the Mayan god of wind, storm, and fire). According to the company, the dewlapped Huracán decimated toreadors in Alicante throughout August of 1879. Its namesake car promises to be kinder to drivers.

Ducking under the Huracán’s 45.9-inch roofline and sliding over the doorsill requires as much effort, dexterity, and flexibility as entering the Gallardo did, but once you locate the starter button—under the red flap in the center console—and press it, the Huracán bears little resemblance to its predecessor or any previous Lamborghini. 

The Gallardo’s mid-mounted 5.2-liter V-10 has been revised so that it produces 610 hp at 8,250 rpm and 413 ft lbs of torque at 6,500 rpm. A dual fuel-injection system plays a large role in the sensational power output, which enables the Huracán to achieve a zero-to-62-mph time of 3.2 seconds, a zero-to-124-mph time of 9.9 seconds, and a top speed of 202 mph. 

The excellent 7-speed dual-clutch sequential manual transmission tames the engine’s power. It shifts gears far more smoothly than did the Gallardo’s 6-speed single-clutch sequential manual and contributes to the Huracán’s overall user-friendliness. Indeed, during a test-drive in Spain this spring, the car always seemed to be asking what it could do to assist the driver, whether it was hurtling along the track at the Ascari Race Resort in the highlands above the Costa del Sol or circling a roundabout in the beach city of Marbella. 

In addition to a revamped engine and a new transmission, the Huracán’s drivetrain includes an updated all-wheel-drive system. It uses electronic controls and electrohydraulic actuation to split the engine’s torque. It usually directs 70 percent of the torque to the rear wheels, but it is capable of nearly instantaneous redistribution of the engine’s power as conditions warrant. The Huracán also features three driving modes, which the driver selects by pressing a button on the vertical spoke of the flat-bottomed steering wheel. Lamborghini calls the button the Anima, which in Italian means “soul.” The modes are Strada, for driving around town and the highway; Sport, for the canyons; and Corsa, for the racetrack. With those choices plus the optional magnetically controlled dampers and variable-ratio steering, the Huracán’s dynamic performance can become nearly anything the driver desires. 

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