New Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 unleashed

Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Automobili Lamborghini is taking a major step into the future: with the newly developed Huracán LP 610-4, the successor to the highly successful Gallardo, the Italian super sports car manufacturer is redefining the benchmark in the segment.

With its pure and absolute design, breathtaking dynamics and excellent quality, the Huracán delivers an unparalleled sports car experience. It unites mighty performance with a character perfectly suited to everyday use; its wide-ranging new technologies work together in a fully integrated fashion.

The elegance of a Lamborghini is in the beauty of its highly concentrated power – every line and every detail pursues the need for speed, dynamics, performance. Design is an essential element of the Huracán LP 610-4, too – unmistakable, hermetically sealed and completely free from ornamentation.

The dimensions frame the contours of a dynamic wedge measuring 4,459 mm long, 1,924 mm wide and 1,165 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,620 mm. Taut curves contrast with sharp edges, which require innovative technology in working with aluminum and carbon fiber and with geometric surfaces. A characteristic basic form for Lamborghini is the hexagon – visible in the front air intakes and their three-dimensionally formed mesh inserts, in the side windows, in the intake openings for the engine and in the standard-fit wheels in Giano design.

The arrow-shaped front end of the Lamborghini Huracán angles sharply downward like the nose of a shark, with two pleats adding contour to the hood. The flat, angular headlamps are fitted only with LEDs – an innovation in this class of super sports car. Light guides produce the daytime running light, forming two Y-shaped contours in each headlamp and giving the Huracán the look of a predator ready to pounce. With a color temperature of 5,500 Kelvin, the LED light is very close to that of daylight, providing excellent road illumination and putting very little stress on the eyes. The LEDs are designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle and are extremely energy efficient.

A massive air intake, cut deep into the front end and stretching across its full width, dominates the front of the Huracán. Fins painted in body color cut strong diagonal lines through it. As on a race car, the lower contours of the air intake jut forward to form a splitter. The avant-garde character of the Lamborghini design is particularly evident from the side – the Huracán LP 610-4 is a fast-moving technical sculpture.

Its aluminum cladding stretches tautly over the mighty 20-inch wheels; a single, flowing line runs from the front end over the roof to the rear. The roof arcs slightly over the heads of the driver and co-driver, these contours continuing onto the luggage compartment lid and through the extremely low-lying C-pillars.

Starting at the headlamp, is a line that runs over the front fender to define a broad, angled edge on the door. Together with the flat, dropping roof arc, the rising door edge presents a three-dimensional frame for the side windows – which are set into the flanks like gemstones. Where these lines meet at an acute angle is the upper intake that feeds the engine with air. The lower intake for cooling air emerges from the angular sill in front of the wide, rear wheel arch. The absence of the large, vertical air intake that was a feature of the Gallardo, brings athletic tension and powerful flow to the flank of the Huracán.

In its standard format, the engine cover between the extremely low-lying C-pillars consists of three large, matte-black polymer fins in homage to the classic Miura. Lamborghini offers an optional transparent cover that reveals a clear view of the V10. In this version, the engine bay is clad in visible carbon fiber, made using Lamborghini’s patented Forged Composite Technology.

The rear end of the Huracán also has a highly three-dimensional form. Like the intake at the front end, the wide, meshed outlet for ventilating the engine bay is cut deep into the rear. Above it are the narrow rear lights, likewise fitted entirely with LEDs. Similar to the front headlamps, their light also takes on a Y-shaped contour. The four end pipes of the exhaust system flank a large diffuser; its substantially dimensioned elliptical fairings are chromed and perforated.

Each design detail of the Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 celebrates the esthetic of function; the designers from the Centro Stile worked closely together with the aerodynamic experts. The large air intakes at the front of the super sports car specifically direct the cooling air and headwind to increase down pressure on the front axle. The spoiler lip at the rear works together with the rising diffuser in the underbody to improve airflow around the rear of the car – the Huracán does not require a movable rear spoiler. The underbody is completely clad, with NACA channels directing headwind to the radiators.

Lamborghini offers the Huracán in 17 colors, including seven new ones. The flat colors are Bianco Monocerus and Nero Noctis. The metallic tones come with the names Bianco Icarus, Blu Achelous, Grigio Lynx, Grigio Nimbus, Nero Serapis and Rosso Mars. The pearlescent shades are Arancio Borealis, Giallo Midas and Verde Mantis. Also available from the Ad Personam individualization program are the matte paint finishes Bianco Canopus, Giallo Horus, Grigio Titans, Marrone Apus and Nero Nemesis. The metallic colors from Ad Personam – Blu Caelum, Grigio Admetus and Marrone Alcestis – complete the color palette.

The state-of-the-art interior of the Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 offers wonderful consistency in its design, a thrillingly sporty character and relaxing comfort for long-distance driving. The distinctive feature of the exterior design – the sharply defined hexagonal body and surfaces – plays a dominant role here, too. The dashboard is low-slung and features hexagonal trim elements on its extremely slender fascia. The instrument display and air vents look like standalone, add-on components. A console stretches from the dashboard to the center tunnel.

Inside the Huracán, the driver and co-driver enjoy more space and better visibility than in the Lamborghini Gallardo – both are just as evident on a trip to the race track as they are on the daily drive into work. The low seats with their pronounced contouring and integrated backrests provide the body with excellent grip and support. In the standard version, they can be electrically adjusted for the angle of the backrest and longitudinal position. Further electrical functions for seat height, seat angle and the length of the seat cushion are available as options.

The operating concept for the Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 is strictly focused on the driver. He/she can use the buttons on the flat-bottomed three-spoke steering wheel to manage the many vehicle functions, including indicators and windshield wipers; the two large shift paddles serve to control the dual-clutch gearbox. In executing all actions, the driver can keep eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel at all times.

Behind the steering wheel is a 12.3-inch TFT screen with a high resolution of 1440 x 540 pixels. The virtual cockpit presents all critical information in razor-sharp 3D graphics with sophisticated visual effects. Working in the background is a super-fast graphic processor, the Tegra 30 chip from the Tegra 3 Series by Nvidia. For the rev counter, for instance, it generates 60 frames per second, ensuring absolutely homogenous movement of the needle.

The driver can switch between three display screens. In Full drive mode, the large, central rev counter dominates the view, flanked by displays for fuel level and water temperature. Speed is shown as a digital read-out. In Mixed mode, the rev counter is smaller and moves to the left, with a window for infotainment functions like the navigation map occupying the right half of the display. In Full Navi and Infotainment mode, the map fills most of the monitor. Regardless of the mode selected, the display along the lower edge shows all the important warning and advisory symbols. There are further display and control elements on the long center console, ergonomically arranged as if on a lectern. The uppermost one is a narrow TFT display for the climate control, which can be switched to show oil pressure, oil temperature and voltage. Beneath it is a strip of switches for secondary functions, accompanied by another group of switches on the left of the cockpit.

In the center of the console are the controls for the automatic air conditioning and the infotainment system. Its main control is surrounded by buttons that provide direct access to the main menus of the navigation, phone, info, radio, media and sound functions; a further rotary control is for volume adjustment. Arranged horizontally on the center tunnel are the start/stop button beneath a red flap, the transmission buttons for neutral, park and reverse gear and the button for the electronic parking brake. Two glove boxes, a cell-phone tray and two door pockets accommodate the small things of everyday life.

The uncompromising precision and attention to detail with which the interior of the Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 is crafted, is rooted in the finest tradition of Italian craftsmanship and sets new benchmarks in the league of super sports cars. Luxury materials indulge the senses with their fine look and feel; their selection and the choice of colors on offer are clear evidence of the fine touch and keen eye of the Lamborghini designers. The upper area of the dashboard is clad in dark Alcantara to avoid reflections in the windshield. LEDs provide the interior illumination, too – there is not as single conventional bulb anywhere on or in the car.

One color dominates the interior of the Huracán – Nero Ade black. The dashboard, center console, the center panels on the seats and the door panels are all clad as standard in soft leather, with Alcantara setting accents on the air vents and on the inside of the door mirrors. To complement this, customers can choose from four interior variants. They can use these in a number of ways – depending on the variant – to individualize the lower zone of the dashboard, the center console, door grips, door mirrors, the center panels of the seat backs, the air vents and the cladding on the A-pillars and roof beams.

The Elegante two-tone interior comes with a choice of nine contrasting colors and additional leather options; the upper part of the center console gleams in high-gloss black, with the air vents painted in matte dark gray. In the one-tone Sportivo interior, much of the cladding is made from Alcantara in Nero Ade, while the two-tone Sportivo interior offers Alcantara in six contrasting colors. Alternatively, the two-tone Sportivo interior also comes with supple nappa leather. As an option, the stitching – a total of 30 meters – is also available in a contrasting color. The program is rounded off by further options such as Lamborghini logos and lettering for the interior, or foot mats with leather piping.

The acronym LP in the model name of the Huracán LP 610-4 refers to the orientation of the extensively redesigned V10 engine – it is mounted in typical Lamborghini fashion longitudinally behind the driver (“longitudinale posteriore”). The number 610 is the power output in hp, which equates to 449 kW and is available at 8,250 rpm. The specific output is no less than 86.3 kW / 117.3 hp per liter of displacement; the torque curve reaches its peak of 560 Nm at 6,500 revs.

Like every Lamborghini engine, the 5.2-liter V10 is a high-performance, naturally aspirated unit. It captivates the driver’s senses with stunning throttle response, with gloriously free revving well over the 8,000 mark, with amazing pulling power and with an inimitable sound that takes on new facets as the revs rise – founded on a voluminous bass and topped by soaring trebles.

The ten-cylinder catapults the Huracán LP 610-4 from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds – each hp has to move a mere 2.33 kilograms. The figure from zero to 200 km/h is 9.9 seconds, while the top speed is on the other side of 325 km/h. Yet, the high-performance engine makes do with an average of 12.5 liters of fuel per 100 km, a CO2 equivalent of 290 grams per km. The improvement versus the Gallardo LP 560-4, aided also by a Stop & Start system as standard, is 11 percent.

The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 celebrates its show premiere at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, with customer delivery scheduled to start in spring 2014. The Huracán is priced at 169,500.00 Euro, excluding taxes.

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