Lamborghini’s new super sports car is lightning fast.

Lamborghini has not been resting its laurels, and proof positive is its latest high-performance sports car—and super-fast—Huracán. The statistics: 0-60 mph in rocket ship-time of 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 202 miles per hour, and a quarter mile time of 10.4 seconds at 135 miles per hour.

Its terrific performance numbers stem from a combination of factors. Of course, one has to start with a 602 horsepower, all-aluminum V-10 power plant. Unlike the days of old, the only transmission is a seven-speed automatic instead of a manual. But this gearbox is like a manual, because it has a double-clutch system for Formula One-style speed shifting, either with big paddles behind the steering wheel or by simply letting it shift by itself. To make the Pirelli P Zero tires stick; the power is spread between all four wheels. Added to its technology is a simpler formula, making the vehicle lighter with use of carbon fiber and aluminum in the chassis wherever possible. Super braking is assisted with a carbon ceramic system.

Styling clearly says Lamborghini with frontal double brows and two huge air scoops on the sides. The low profile starts from the near-to-the-ground front hood and proceeds with an uninterrupted line to the rear. Added to this is the engine cover over the mid-section, which is clearly showing off the power plant for all to behold. But truly, its beauty can only be properly judged in person.

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With a press of the remote, the door handles literally pop out of the body for easy entry. As one would expect, the leather-lined seats are designed to hold you in place with high bolsters. Laid out between the seats is a tapered center console that suggests a jet aircraft design. And there is a start button, which reinforces that intent. Powering up the V-10 gives off a thunderous, powerful exhaust note.

At this point, the pilot—or driver— has some choices. If it is cruising time in heavy traffic, pick the “strada” mode on the steering wheel, and the transmission will shift like any automatic. But with the use of the huge paddles behind the steering wheel, shifts can be made manually. And not to worry—power is still instantly available. For more venturesome driving, there are two other choices: “sport” and “corsa.” Essentially, these are degrees of high performance. The transmission downshifts at lower speeds so that power is immediately available, even in the automatic approach.

Unlike most cars these days, the super-clear video screen is in the dash pod (about 12 inches across). To the left is a large tach, and to the right are multiple screens covering everything from a back-up camera to navigation. In the center console, a relatively small screen with three gauges is found. Storage either behind the seats or in the front small trunk is limited, but who cares?

To say the least, cornering is as flat as it comes. The overall ride is tight, but not uncomfortable, on Honolulu’s pothole-filled streets. Acceleration, not matter when or where, is instant and literally breathtaking.

Clearly this newest Lambo is a winner in the styling department and certainly lacks nothing in the performance arena.

LAMBORGHINI HURACÁN LP610-4

POWERTRAIN: V-10 ENGINE, 602 HORSEPOWER, SEVEN-SPEED DOUBLE-CLUTCH TRANSMISSION
PERFORMANCE: 0-60: 2.5 SECONDS. TOP SPEED, 202 MILES PER HOUR
STEREO: CD PLAYER, USB PORT, BLUETOOTH INPUTS, SIX SPEAKERS
PRICE: $241,945, AS TESTED $273,428

All photos courtesy Automobili Lamborghini S.P.A.