Originally published July 21, 2015

Lamborghini has fashioned a highly addictive piece in its new “entry-level” exotic, the 2015 Huracan LP 610-4. Once past the initial terror of piloting someone else’s orange wedge of evil that comes in on the wrong side to 300 large, this all-new baby Lambo bypasses the marque’s widow-making rep of yore, presenting itself as a mighty user-friendly device… well, as far as a 610-hp, 0-100 km/h in 3-ish seconds, 325 km/h top-speed all-wheel-drive land-shark can be.

Compared to its 700-hp V12 Aventador big brother (that admittedly isn’t quite as scary as it looks) the 610-hp V10 Huracan feels like it’s even more on your side, not waiting to gore you at every turn.

Not to suggest this most civilized of Lamborghinis is a polka in the pansies. It will bellow like the hounds of hell and accelerate like an ICBM if you push the right buttons and stomp the happy pedal with authority.

Read More at autoTRADER.ca: By The Emotions: Lamborghini Huracan LP-610

And that’s the addictive part. The sound and the fury of the Huracan is always there for the taking. It immerses you in the most intoxicating of automotive experiences, dripping as it does with Italian passione. And yet underscoring all this bravado is a largely fool proof chassis. The Huracan is confidence inspiring and feels absolutely nailed to the road. No mystery here, and the new electric steering communicates everything you need.

Of course, the Huracan limits are insanely high, and ones you would never breach on a public road unless you were… er, insanely high.

The Huracan replaces the Gallardo, which, with over 14,000 sold, is far and away the Lambo sales champ of all time. Like the Gallardo before it, the Huracan shares a large portion of its mechanical bits with the next-generation Audi R8, the 5.2L V10 and advanced frame chief among them. This is a new platform with an aluminum structure abetted by carbon-fibre in the rear bulkhead, centre tunnel and parts of the B-pillars. It is 10 percent lighter and sees a 50 percent increase in rigidity over the previous chassis.

Base price for the 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 in Canada is $262,947. This specimen checked in at $317,847.

This is a hellishly sexy car from any angle – its complex curves and sharps angles all of a sudden rendering the Gallardo as a bit of a simple cubist effort. The interior is similarly stylish, bold and oh-so-Italian. It doesn’t hurt having orange everywhere. The hexagonal theme is omnipresent from the instrument binnacle to the charmingly retro air vents perched on the dash. The 12.3-inch crystal-clear central display, which also houses the nav screen, is completely digital, as are the trio of gauges on the centre console. There are no mechanical gauges anywhere in here.

The HVAC and infotainment controls on the console are all Audi bits. But they look just fine and add an element of reassurance.

The new steering wheel takes some cues from the folks down the road at Ferrari, housing the turn signal and wiper controls along with the  “ANIMA” switch at the six-o’clock position. There are three settings – default Strada (street), Sport and Corsa (race).

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