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Terrestrial rocket-car defies gravity.

Byline: Ezra Dyer

2015 Lamborghini Huracan

Bace price: $242,441

As tested: $279,345

)zero to 60: 2.5 seconds

Top speed: 202 mph

Mileage: 14 mpg city, 20 country

The Lamborghini Huracan is quick. How quick? Quick enough that if you jumped off a cliff, you wouldn't reach 60 mph quite as soon as the Huracan can do it on a flat stretch of pavement. Car and Driver clocked this newest Lambo's 0-to-60 run at 2.5 seconds, which means that you're basically experiencing acceleration greater than gravity, but on a new vector -- forward, toward the horizon.

Whatever other talents this car possesses, its personality is defined by its straight-line performance. It sucks the wind out of you, as if the V-10 engine were vacuuming the exhalations from your chest and catalyzing them into an ascending howl that would drown out an air-raid siren.

The Huracan replaces the Gallardo, a car that enjoyed a 10-year run and more than 14,000 sales -- the least expensive Lamborghini was, not surprisingly, the company's most popular model ever.

The Gallardo was a screaming 200-mph wedge, but it was hampered by a clumsy six-speed single-clutch automated manual transmission. You could make a cappuccino in the time it took to shift from first to second, and drink it in the time it took to get into third. There are many differences between the Huracan and its predecessor; the transmission is the most immediately noticeable.

The 2015 Huracan ditches the single-clutch setup in favor of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The twin clutches allow seamless gear changes, up and down, keeping the power of the 5.2-liter V-10 flowing in an uninterrupted torrent. In manual mode, the instant upshifts and perfect rev-matched downshifts make the whole package more cohesive. You're no longer thinking about the transmission as a separate part of the car as you zoom onward.

With both direct and indirect fuel injection, the V-10 makes 602 horsepower at 8,250 rpm. This is a naturally aspirated engine -- there are no turbochargers hitting you with a pneumatic ram of torque, just a swelling rush as the revs climb. You've got to wind this thing up to exploit its power, and boy is it a joy to do that.Lamborghini claims a top speed of 202 mph.

After 6 hours of driving, I also returned with a bulging right calf muscle, because this $279,345 car didn't have cruise control.

The $6,900 front-end lifting system seems mandatory for a car that will otherwise scrape its truffle-hunting snout on every speed bump and driveway incline from here to Ocean Drive. And the $3,900 reverse camera is a must-have.

While the Huracan is made of lightweight materials -- its chassis is a hybrid of aluminum and carbon-reinforced plastic; the brake rotors are carbon ceramic -- it doesn't feel lithe.

It's a stiff car, serious and brutal in the way it goes about its business.

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Author:Dyer, Ezra
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Dec 7, 2014
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