Finally, after about 10 years of life, the Gallardo (“Gallie”) is out of line and a completely new model is coming up . In 2004, the V10 Lambo , along with all-wheel drive, was even a sensible choice compared to the Ferrari F430 .
A car for different and creative people. The problem is that Lamborghini was so pleased with Gallie’ success that decided to extend its life for almost a decade .
Basically, the Gallardo needed to improve the following aspects to keep up with a complete modern sports car:
– Drive: despite being AWD , there was a sense of artificiality coming from the Gallie’s wheels, which was reflected by the car’s numb steering .
– Gearbox : the jerks … yes… the damn jerks in gear changes… every time running the gears up, Gallie’s nose dipped as if it was about to pierce the asphalt. Initially, I thought the E- Gear was broken, but no, it was the way it functioned. The loss of time during gear changes is ridiculous.
Otherwise, the Gallie needed to find a way for the chassis, suspension and steering to better talk to each other.
Well, the answer we all expected from Lamborghini comes with Huracán, which hangs up Gallie’s shoes!
There is no denying that the Huracán is a baby AVENTADOR . It has a clear influence from the older and bigger brother, but, at the same time, it maintains a great connection with the model it succeeds.
Lamborghini is claiming that Huracán should be a complete machine performance wise, yet versatile in a way that it could easily be used every day. Thank god they decided to look at the Audi R8, which I consider one of the most practical sports I have ever known .
Huracán’s performance is also a clear leap over the Gallie. 0-60 mph happens in 3.2 seconds, 60 to 125 mph in 6.7 seconds and the top speed is of 202 mph . For those who are very much into performance, the number for 60 to 125 mph run is of utmost respect if you consider it is a non-turbo/supercharged car, being very close to slightly prepared 911 Turbo and Nissan GTR, both turbocharged, with similar power, but way more torque.
Part of this is due to the fact that Lamborghini Huracán weighs 3160 lbs (dry weight) and puts it in a ” level of lightness ” about 200 lbs to 400 lbs down on cars like the Porsche 991 Turbo S and Nissan GTR , the kings of the AWD .
The engine remains the same 5.2 V10 the latest versions of the Gallardo, but this time optimized to provide 610 Hp .
The news I really expected of the Huracán is that this is the first time we finally see Lamborghini equip their cars with a decent gearbox! The successor of Gallie should come with the dual-clutch transmission called Lamborghini Doppia Frizione, which many say is a delicate way of saying Audi’ S – tronic in Italian (possibly the same one on the face-lifted Audi R8).
As for the name, you might even think that means hurricane in Spanish, but not, as usual, this is another super invincible bull that fought in the province of Alicante, Spain, in 1879 .
The official launch of the car should be at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014. Until then , let’s go with what we have .