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SPIED: Lambo's Gallardo replacement

2013-12-19 08:17

HOT CAR ON ICE: Lamborghini Huracan will share a chassis with the second-generation Audi R8, due approximately one year after the launch of the Gallardo replacement. Image: AUTOMEDIA

The Lamborghini Gallardo has lived a very long life, first hitting the streets a decade ago in 2003. It’s due for a replacement and in December 2013 Lamborghini has revealed the name of its Gallardo’s successor - the Huracan.

The new model was spotted undergoing testing in Europe.

Gallery: Lamborghini Huracan (Spy)

Designed to fill the entry-level slot in Lamborghini's supercar line-up, the Huracan will likely sport an updated version of the 5.2-litre V10 found in the outgoing Gallardo. According to the automaker output will increase to about 450kW or 600 horsepower, indicating a likely tag of LP 600-4 appended to its name.

All-wheel drive will be standard, though rear-drive models, as seen with the Gallardo, may be launched too. The car was thought to be called Cabrera, but the name Huracan (rumoured to be used on the upcoming Lamborghini SUV) will instead be used on the sporty new coupe.

NEW TRANSMISSION

Spy images reveal the car's styling, with a prominent front bumper design, assertive air intakes, large flanks with more intakes to feed cool air to the engine and a more angular, low-slung body shape compared to the Gallardo.

The most welcome change to the model’s mechanical configuration is likely to be the expected replacement of the archaic and clunky e-gear transmission with a modern seven-speed dual clutch. No manual transmission will be available.

As for the structure of the Huracan, it's likely the new supercar will feature a multi-material design combining aluminium, carbon fibre and perhaps even fibreglass to produce a body that's as sturdy and light as a full carbon structure, but significantly cheaper to produce.







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