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Party Time: Lamborghini Announces the Huracan

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On: Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 5:03PM | By: Nick Bakewell

Party Time: Lamborghini Announces the Huracan

Alright, everyone, put your party hats on and break out the champagne: Lamborghini has just announced the replacement for the Gallardo. It’s called the Huracan, which (as you might imagine) is Spanish for hurricane and a very Lambo-ish sort of name. The figures are as you might expect: 10 cylinders, 5.2 liters, and around 600 horsepower, which puts it within punching weight of the McLaren 12C and Ferrari 458, albeit a few years behind the curve. 0-62mph looks to be dispatched in just over three seconds, and though they’ve yet to announce the top speed, I’d be shocked if it were less than 200mph.

The power will be split between all four wheels through a dual-clutch gearbox, which is a first for Lamborghini (alas, there’s no manual option on offer). Everything else is pretty much as you might expect: lots of carbon and aluminum, a full complement of LEDS, quad exhausts—the whole picnic. And… that’s about all the facts I can stomach. Let’s talk about the looks for a second.

For a Lambo, it’s oddly restrained looking. Gone are the busy details of the later-model Gallardos and the Aventador, with the body given over to smoother, seamless forms; it looks almost squashed from the front, like a designer sofa with a really fat person sitting on it. I wonder if it isn’t a bit too baby-Aventador; in profile it’s almost indistinguishable from the bigger car. The wheels look as if they’ve been picked straight off the Ferrari F12, as well. It’s by no means bad-looking, just a bit derivative, a bit safe. I do like the intake incorporated into the rear pillar, though. Yes, ma’am.

What worries me about this car is that it seems to speak to the continued Audi-fication (and by extension, VW-fication) of Lamborghini. The car looks as if it was designed by a committee, all budget-concerns and rationale. I’m sure it’ll look brilliantly insectile and evil in the metal, but prima facie, it feels like it’s lacking the visual drama of its progenitor or bigger brother. It’s also going to be offered with all sorts of technological trinketry, magnetic ride, and so forth, which I just don’t think it needs. Gone are the days when Lambos were made with four-wheel drive systems to stop you killing from yourself; now they’re being built that way because it makes the cars handle better. Whoever’s calling the shots at Lamborghini seems to have forgotten that they’re not Ferrari, and that a car with a raging bull on the nose should be a sledgehammer, not a precision instrument. The Gallardo is the marque’s best selling car by far, with over 12,000 sold, and I can’t blame them for wanting to replicate that success. It seems, however, that they’re playing things safer every year, and that makes me a bit sad.

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