Lamborghini's newest supercar will have the best sales year of any model in the automaker's 51-year history in 2015, CEO Stephan Winkelmann predicts. Why is he so bullish about the new Huracan LP 610-4? Because Lamborghini sold more than 1,000 units of the Gallardo's successor in its first two months on sale this year. Winkelmann shared more thoughts on the Huracan, which means Hurricane in English, and the future of the Volkswagen Group subsidiary with Automotive News Europe Managing Editor Douglas A. Bolduc.
What are your expectations for the new Huracan?
It is already selling at double the pace that we expected. In its first two months on the market sales already have exceeded 1,000 units. Next year the Huracan will exceed the Gallardo’s best sales year of 1,844. It has huge potential to bring us new customers while also appealing to existing Lamborghini owners.
What makes the Huracan special?
First of all it’s an all-new car. It is the first Lamborghini with a fully electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system, and the Huracan’s new V-10 engine is linked to our new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Also, it has a hybrid chassis made from carbon fiber and aluminum that is 10 percent lighter than the chassis used on the Gallardo.