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Wild at Heart

The new Lamborghini Huracán roars with animal power and futuristic design.

As is the case with nearly all Lamborghinis, the replacement for the hugely successful Gallardo draws its name, Huracán, from the world of bullfighting. Known for legendary defiance, Huracán was a Spanish bull propelled to fame after an undefeated run in Alicante in 1879. The name, which is also the Spanish word for hurricane, couldn’t be more fitting, as the Huracán is one of the most aggressive and advanced Lamborghinis ever made.

Decidedly exotic, yet unmistakably Lamborghini in its DNA, the Huracán distinguishes itself from all else on the road from the outset: Its sharp, geometric lines incorporate a signature hexagonal motif, which can be seen everywhere, from the shape of the front air intakes to the side windows. Flat, angular LED headlamps give it a sinister appearance in the front, while Y-shaped rear LED lights lend it an otherworldly aura from the back. The first supercar in its class to feature full LED lighting, the Huracán, which arrives at dealerships this fall, is definitely not for those looking to make a discreet entrance.

Hidden underneath three large, matte-black fins in the back is the heart of the Huracán: a carbon-fiber-clad 5.2-liter V10. With 610 horsepower on tap, the Huracán lights up all four tires on its way to an astonishing 3.1-second run from 0 to 60 mph. A new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission handles all this power with aplomb, smoothly shifting through gears automatically, though Lamborghini also gives drivers the option of full control via oversize paddle shifters. Also upping the control ante, a red switch on the steering wheel provides easy access to three distinct drive modes: Strada, Sport and Corsa. Settings, including stability control, exhaust note and throttle response, are automatically configured depending on the mode one selects, radically altering the character of the Huracán at the touch of a button. Owners will discover that no matter which mode it’s in, though, the Huracán is a ferocious, yet forgiving, ride.

While the Huracán sports one of the edgiest exteriors in memory, its interior is surprisingly luxurious. A massive 12.3-inch high-res TFT screen presents essential vehicle information directly in front of the driver with stunning 3-D graphics, thanks to a superfast processing chip. And supple leather is contrast-stitched nearly everywhere.

Still, in its bones the Huracán is a supercar, with design touches like a red flip-up start/stop button and a bank of seven toggle switches nodding, tellingly, to the cockpit of a fighter jet—which may be the only thing on Earth as thrilling to pilot as the Huracán.

2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4

Base Price: $237,250
Engine: 5.2-liter V10
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
Horsepower: 610 hp @ 8,250 rpm
Torque: 413 lb.-ft. @ 6,500 rpm
City fuel economy: 13 mpg
Highway fuel economy: 25 mpg
Fuel tank: 21 gal.
Dry Weight: 3,134 lbs.
0 to 60 mph: 3.1 seconds
Top Speed: 202 mph

Drive mode selector on the steering wheel
Full LED exterior lighting
Epic exhaust note