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Blown away by the Huracan

Successor to Lamborghini's 10-year-old Gallardo is a true supercar in appearance, performance and forcefulness

Published on May 10, 2014 6:12 PM

Five years ago, Lamborghini started work on the Gallardo's replacement model, Huracan, named after a famous fighting bull from Spain. It is an entirely new model, not an extensive update of the old entry- level Lambo.

I had expected the Huracan to be a full carbon fibre coupe, like the Aventador flagship. But instead, its outer skin comprises aluminium and composites, while its chassis uses a "hybrid" of aluminium and carbon fibre, with the rear bulkhead and transmission tunnel made from forged carbon.

These key parts are bonded and riveted to the Huracan's aluminium space frame. The result is a car that is 200kg lighter than the Gallardo and 50 per cent stiffer.

Because Lamborghini has stuck to natural aspiration for its 5.2-litre V10 engine (instead of adopting turbocharging), it was a challenge to reduce the motor's fuel consumption and CO2 emission, in addition to addressing all the performance requirements of a modern supercar.

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Price: $1,168,000 without COE

Engine: 5,204cc 40-valve V10

Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch with manual select

Power: 610bhp at 8,250rpm

Torque: 560Nm at 6,500rpm

0-100kmh: 3.2 seconds

Top speed: 325kmh

Fuel consumption: 12.5 litres/100km

Agent: Lamborghini Singapore