Model Perspective: Lamborghini Huracan LP 610

Scheduled to debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March, the Lamborghini Huracan succeeds the Gallardo and marks a new era for the manufacturer’s luxury super sports car.

The name Huracan comes from the world of bullfighting. Huracan was a fighting bull known for “outstanding courage,” a “strong sense of attack,” “unrelenting character” and “remaining defiant and invincible” according to the Lamborghini website.

Such characteristics in a sports car translate into 3,135 pounds of “audacious design” powered by a 610-horsepower 5.2-liter V10 engine. The Huracan features a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, an all-wheel drive system, and carbon-ceramic brakes. A driving dynamics selector switch allows the driver to modulate driving modes “from traction-oriented on the road to extreme performance on the race track.” Optional upgrades include a variable steering ratio system and magneto-rheologic suspension damper control.

Charging from zero to 62 m.p.h. in 3.2 seconds, this raging bull has a top seed of 202 m.p.h. (and a fuel efficiency of 19 miles per gallon).

Lamborghini proclaims the Huracan as “the next automotive legend,” noting that it “has been developed from scratch down to the very last detail.” Design-wise, those details emerge in a “profile defined by only one line that merges the front with the cockpit and the rear of the car” and lateral windows that “create a hexagonal form inserted like a glass jewel in the car’s profile.” A 12.3 inch full-color TFT instrument panel dominates the interior, providing essential data to the driver, who is cushioned by fine Nappa leather.

The New York Times notes that the Huracan “will have big shoes to fill” given that the Gallardo sold more units than any other Lamborghini model (14,022 units over 10 years). With DailyMail Online quoting a price of £165,000 (about $270,000), the Huracan’s ability to surpass the Gallardo in sales will give Automobili Lamborghini much to celebrate in the years ahead.