By JOHN HEILPRIN
GENEVA (AP) - Lamborghini's newest supercar, the Huracan LP-610, already occupies an important place in the company's lineup. The futuristic edition is this year's replacement for the Gallardo, its top-selling model of all time.
The Italian company took the wraps off the elegant Huracan - Spanish for hurricane - at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. The car's body, 10 percent lighter than the Gallardo, is built around a hybrid chassis and has new aluminum and carbon fiber components and a powerful engine.
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The Huracan sports a 5.2-liter, 610-horsepower V-10 engine. The sports car transmits power to all four wheels through a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Lamborghini estimates a 0-to-62 mph (0-100 kilometers per hour) time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph (325 kph).
As with the Gallardo, the Huracan caters to well-heeled sports car enthusiasts. The interior comes standard in black with soft Nappa leather and Alcantara, a suede-like material, on the heated seats, door panels and dashboard. There's also a 12.3-inch color instrument panel to display information and data about the car and for audio and infotainment functions.
The low slung sports car builds on the Gallardo's sleek lines, with a new silhouette that has big side air intakes, a grille with mesh inserts and LED-only headlamps.
The company says the Huracan gets almost 19 miles per gallon, or 12.5 liters per 100 kilometers under the European standard, which combines city and highway conditions.
The starting price tag is 169,500 euros, or $233,000. The figure does not include tax. Production has begun and deliveries are expected in coming months.
The Huracan is drawing wide interest, and company officials say it has already taken some 1,000 orders. The new supercar has big wheels to fill: Since the Gallardo was first introduced at the 2003 Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini has built more than 14,000 of those models, making it the company's best-selling product.
Only if you can't handle the electronically controlled shocks and huge carbon-ceramic disk brakes that provide for the sudden stops and starts in a vehicle the company describes as "like a time machine," only faster.
Launched in 1963 by an Italian tractor builder, Lamborghini began with GT coupes sporting V-12 engines. It rolled out the P400 Miura with top speed of 180 mph in fall 1965.
A bull emblem graces the cars, which have included such eye-catching features as gull-winged doors and have provided competition over the decades for the more established Italian supercar maker Ferrari.
Lamborghini has been a division of Volkswagen Group through its Audi division since 1998.