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Here I Am, Rock You Like a Huracan!

When the Scorpions released Rock You Like a Hurricane in 1984, I don't think they expected it to be used as a reference to an Italian supercar three decades later. And yet here we are, facing off against the all-mighty Lamborghini Huracan - interestingly it's got plenty of German heavy metal and lots of theatricality that belongs on stage, just like the Scorpions.
I know beauty is supposed to be in the eye of the beholder, but the Lambo is simply spectacular and unique. McLaren and Ferrari have designed their mid-engined cars to be aerodynamically efficient and as a result they look like flying fish. Now, flying fish wasabi is an expensive dish, I'll give you that, but what Lamborghini has designed is the knife you use to cut the fish, which is even more expensive and much, much cooler. I mean just behold it and tell me it doesn't look like a weapon that needs to be idolized, treasured and above all treated with respect!

The Huracan looks just like the Sesto Elemento, which is nice considering that car cost considerably more. The front is a low wedge shape ideal for filleting Ferraris, while the back rises upwards at a perfect angle, just like a samurai sward's tip.

Apart from the design, some things appear to have changed very little. In the number crunching world of automotive journalism, the fact that they still use a 5.2-liter V10 sounds like no work has been done since the days of the fist Gallardo. It appears that they've made a useless car. Far from it though. The 14,022 people who chose the Gallardo over both the Ferrari F430 and the 458 will tell you V10 engines have something special, something that can't be replaced. Perhaps it's simply the sound or maybe it's the way in which these things behave in the final part of second gear. Here's where they top the Ferrari V8s in terms of acceleration feel and beat McLarens with organic aroma.

And the market positioning story is pretty spicy too. The cars just below the Gallardo have become quite expensive through their options lists. You can buy a €150,000 BMW M6 or a Porsche 911 (not a turbo). Nissan's GT-R is getting pricier than ever, and so is the Audi R8. All these cars annoy me because they have a sort of… exaggerated competence. But Lamborghini's fish-cutting knife comes from a long line of cars designed not to be good, but to drop your jaw. To snap your neck and give you multiple orgasms. Well, that's been done by cramming large, screaming engines into the backs of wedge-shaped bodies.

Even the name sounds cool. Just listen to how Lamborghini explains it: "The fighting bull Huracán of the Spanish Conte de la Patilla breed was known for his outstanding courage and strong sense of attack. He fought in Alicante in August 1879, showing his unrelenting character and remaining defiant and invincible, thus entering into the legend of fighting bulls' history."

Meanwhile, McLaren recently admitted that the designation of their supercar was ridiculous in a bad way. Thus, they've quietly removed the "MP4", leaving just the "12C". And Ferrari's numerology nomenclature doesn't sound too much like poetry either.

Take a good, long look at the Huracan. Because this is the car that will rock your world in 2014.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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