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New Gallardo to be The Huracan

By raccars Published

After months of press speculation that the Lamborghini Gallardo's replacement would be called the Cabrera, it has now been confirmed that the new model will actually be named as the Spanish word for hurricane. The Huracan will be given an official reveal by the end of the year.

The Huracan moniker was trademarked by Lamborghini on 19th April last year, and seems to be a fitting term for the new supercar – the word 'Huracan' originally referred to the Mayan god of fire, storms and wind before its adoption by the Spanish language. At the same time, the company laid claim to the trademark for the word Urus, the name used by its SUV concept at 2012's Beijing Motor Show, and Deimos. The latter is as yet unused by the company, in public at least.

The Huracan is expected to be powered by the Gallardo's 5.2 litre V10, updated to develop about 600bhp and probably assisted by a six speed manual or dual clutch seven speed transmission. Its underlying architecture will be a super light weight, modular aluminium and carbon fibre spaceframe, the same unit that will be used by the 2015 model, Audi R8. Originally planned around a re-engineered version of the existing R8 platform, Lamborghini and Audi management were spurred on by the dynamics of the new Porsche 911 Turbo, to come up with something more hardcore.

While they may share some components under the skin, the Huracan and R8 will otherwise be very different beasts by design, with the German vehicle using a longer wheelbase, thanks to the flexible nature of the platform. The Huracan will wear a carbon fibre reinforced plastic and aluminium outer skin, designed to reduce kerb weight. The plan is to bring the new one in under the Gallardo's 1,500kg.

The Huracan's styling is said to take a number of cues from the 2010 Sesto Elemento and the Aventador, including the latter's aviation inspired flip top starter button. So far, only heavily disguised test mules have been seen, showing a slightly larger silhouette than the car it replaces, which bodes well for interior space.

Production is due to start in early 2014, ready for a public debut at March's Geneva Motor Show. UK models should be on sale by the end of next year. The Gallardo is a hard act to follow – with 14,022 units sold in its decade long lifespan, it was Lamborghini's highest selling model ever.

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