The driving enthusiast’s, two-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 has been revealed ahead of the LA motor show, albeit with less power and less weight.
Lamborghini has dropped the V10’s output from 602bhp to a more modest 571bhp, while weight is down by 33kg to 1389kg. Despite lacking in grunt compared to its four-wheel-drive sibling, the two-wheel-drive Huracan’s diet means that its 0-62mph sprint is just 0.2sec longer.
Torque is also down to 384lb ft after a recalibration of the V10’s ECU map, but 75 per cent of this is available at just 1000rpm. Front-to-rear, the Huracan LP580-2’s weight ratio comes in at 40/60 and further encouragement to a rear-wheel bias can be found in the selectable driving modes, which have been “tuned to provide oversteering characteristics”.
The standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission from the LP610-4 makes its way onto the rear-wheeled Huracan, with no manual being offered as there was on the Gallardo equivalent. Emissions are down on the two-wheel-drive, also, with CO2 down to 278g/km and economy up to an almost acceptable 23.7mpg, making it the cleanest model in the Lamborghini range.
A few visual elements have been changed on the rear-wheel focused Huracan, with revised front and rear styling, predominantly in the air intakes that have been designed to increase downward pressure on the front axle. Meanwhile, Lamborghini has introduced a new design of 19in and 20in ‘Kari’ wheels and had Pirelli develop a bespoke set of P Zero tyres just for the real-wheel-drive Huracan.
Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann said: “The rear-wheel-drive model fits perfectly into our Huracan family. It’s the purest expression of a Lamborghini to date, and a serious car for serious drivers.”
We’ll see sales start in early 2016 at a possible price that undercuts the four-wheel-drive Huracan by at least £30,000 (it currently starts at £180,000) and even be cheaper than its direct rival the Ferrari 488 GTB. Expect a Spyder version, too, several months following the coupé‘s launch.