Lamborghini unveils all-new Huracan supercar

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Lamborghini Huracan

This is the Lamborghini Huracan, a brand new model from the Italian marque, which will replace the ageing Gallardo as its entry-level supercar.

Initially tipped to be called Cabrera, Lamborghini plumped for Huracan – or Huracan LP610-4 to be exact – to continue its tradition of naming its cars after famous fighting bulls.

It will be powered by a revised version of the 5.2-litre V10 engine found in the Gallardo, which has been updated with a new direct injection system. Firing an impressive 602bhp to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, it will get the Hurucan from 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds (a credible half a second faster than the Gallardo) and on to a top speed of "over 202mph" according to Lamborghini.

The increase in performance will put the Italian manufacturer back on a more level playing field with its rivals from McLaren and Ferrari, which the Gallardo had been lagging behind in recent years.

However, unlike the McLaren 12C, Lamborghini has opted not to use a lightweight carbon monocoque structure for the Huracan, as it will have to share its basic structure with the more widely sold Audi R8. That car will be launched in 2015.

Instead, the car will be made of a blend of carbon and aluminium components.

Lamborghini is hoping the Huracan will emulate the success of the Gallardo, which with 14,022 units produced, is the best-selling model in the manufacturer's history. It will reach UK showrooms next Autumn, after its first public airing at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Prices have yet to be announced, but are likely to start at over £160,000 for the coupe. Soft-top Spyder and lightweight Superleggera models will follow soon after launch.

All-new Lamborghini Huracan

All-new Lamborghini Huracan