Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Lamborghini has an Off-Road Ready Huracan Safari in the Works


Lamborghini has several Huracan variants in the pipeline, including a ‘Huracan Safari’ that would be capable of doing some mild off-roading and trail driving.
This surprising bit of intel comes from Automobile Magazine, who says the off-road ready Lambo will feature height-adjustable suspension, larger wheel arches, body protection panels, four-wheel steering and, of course, all-wheel drive. The V10 trail hunter will also be available in both hardtop and convertible versions. Weird.
The Safari is one in a number of Huracan variants Lamborghini is cooking up. Apparently, the automaker also has Speedster and Barchetta versions of the supercar in the works, along with a high-performance SV and an extra hardcore GT3 Stradale. The Speedster, Barchetta and GT3 Stradale models we understand, but Lamborghini has typically reserved the SV badge for its V12 models and that performance niche has already been filled by the Huracan Performante, so we’re a bit skeptical.
Automobile also says the replacement for the Aventador could have up to 1,000 horsepower. Lamborghini had considered using a 900 horsepower twin-turbocharged V12 engine in the car, but has instead elected to use an 800 horsepower naturally aspirated V12. Two electric motors making at least 160 horsepower a piece will be present on the front axle, resulting in a total output of over 1,000 horsepower and 885 lb-ft of torque. It’s due to arrive in 2020.
After the arrival of the next-gen V12 Lambo will be the replacement for the Huracan. The 5.2-liter V10 that has become a staple of the smaller Lambo will die off, replaced by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 producing about 650 horsepower. A hybrid version may also arrive, which could offer up to 900 horsepower.
Finally, the report also indicated Porsche will take control of Lamborghini and also Audi from Volkswagen. This would leave Porsche with control of VW Group’s luxury and sports brands (Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi) while VW leads Seat and Skoda.
It’s not clear when the Huracan Safari and the other Huracan variants may arrive, but they’ll probably appear over the course of the Huracan’s lifecycle in order to keep the model relevant. Perhaps we’ll see one of the wild models mentioned here debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.


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