Barry. Good thing those Spanish matadors never called any of their mighty fighting bulls Barry. Or Simon. Lamborghini’s long-awaited successor to the Gallardo is here at last, andits name is Huracán. Pronounced Ooh-ra-cahn, it is - as the linguists among you may have guessed - the Spanish word for ‘Hurricane’. But the Huracán is named not for wind, instead, says Lambo - which seems to have an inexhaustible supply of these matador legends to draw upon - for a fearless bull that fought in Alicante in 1879: a man-cow, says Lambo, that “remained defiant and invincible”. We rather hope the ‘invincible’ bit is more figurative than literal, otherwise there’s a pissed-off, immortal, 140-year-old bull stumbling round southern Spain.
So Huracán LP610-4 it is: a good name for a car with some big espadrilles to fill. Long in the tooth it may have become in the last couple of years, but the Gallardo has been a game-changer for Lamborghini. In the 40 years between the firm’s birth and the introduction of the little V10, Lambo sold an average of 250 cars each year. But since the Gallardo strutted its way on stage, Lambo has shifted around 2,000 cars annually: in total, just over 14,000 Gallardos were made in its 10-year production run. For all Lambo’s dabbling in multi-million-quid, ultra-limited hyperthings, that’s the stuff that keeps fast-car firms from sliding into TVR-spec oblivion.
Photography: Wilson Hennessy