Replacement for Lamborghini Gallardo Named Huracan

The decade-long production of the Lamborghini Gallardo has wound down, but a place for a slightly more affordable, attainable Lambo has not disappeared from the lineup. It was believed the Gallardo's successor would carry the Cabrera name, but now it looks like the everyman's Lambo will carry the Huracan name, if a report from Britain's AutoExpress is to be believed. The name comes from the Mayan god of fire, wind and storms, also the Spanish word for Hurricane.

The Huracan continues Lamborghini's tradition of Spanish names for its cars, which goes back to the companies early models, which got their names from breeds of fighting bulls or other bullfighting-related items, such as the Espada, named after a type of sword used in bullfighting.

The Huracan is expected to continue to use some version of the outgoing Gallardo's 5.2-liter V-10 shared with Audi in its top-spec R8. The Huracan, as well as the next-generation Audi R8, due in 2015, will get a new aluminum spaceframe, but the Lamborghini will reportedly differ dimensionally. The Huracan is expected to be officially revealed at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

Although compared to mass-market brand models, the Gallardo's cumulative sales numbers of over 14,000 units over a 10 year period sounds small, that total made it the best-selling car in the history of the Lamborghini brand by a considerable margin, a distinction the Huracan will likely share until the arrival of the brand's SUV model, previewed by the Urus concept.

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