Good news speed demons! Lamborghini has let go the all-wheel drive system for the new Huracan LP580-2 to make way for a rear-wheel drive system. Lamborghini has also reduced the output slightly, and the new Huracan now delivers 571 horses with 540 Nm as compared to the 600+ horses produced by the Huracan LP610-4.
The technology for the new LP580-2 will be same as the LP610-4 Coupe and Spyder, with only difference in the drive system and output. The engineers in Sant'Agata wanted to give the Bull a more tail-friendly handling capability which resulted in ditching of the all-wheel drive system. While some were hoping that this particular LP580-2 will be a purist car and will have a manual gearbox, Lambo has retained the seven-speed dual clutch gearbox to feed the power to the rear tyres generating from a 5.2-litre V10 motor.
The Italian supercar manufacturer has also reduced the weight of the nee Huracan by 33kg over the LP 610-4 coupe and the LP580-2 weigh at around 1390 kg. This reduction has ensured a weight to power ratio of just 2.4kg/hp. Intensive use of hybrid aluminium and carbon fibre chassis contributed to the weight reduction in the new Huracan.
But the weight reduction hasn't translated much in terms of the performance and the LP580-2 is still slightly slower than the LP610-4. While the LP610-4 does 0-100 kmph sprint in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 325kmph, the LP580-2 only reaches to 320 kmph with a 0-100 kmph sprint in 3.4 seconds, a 0.2 second slower figure.
"The Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 continues the Lamborghini tradition of pure, visionary and technology-driven models," says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. "The rear-wheel drive model fits perfectly into our Huracán family, appealing to those wanting an even more intense driving experience, or who currently drive other rear-wheel-drive marques and aspire to driving a Lamborghini. This is the purest expression of a Lamborghini to date, with class-leading technological refinements. It is a serious car for serious drivers: it is maximum driving fun."
In terms of styling, Lamborghini has to alter the design of the front and the rear end to set the rear-drive version apart from its AWD counterpart. The LP580-2 also gets the Aluminum calipers grip steel instead of the carbon-ceramic ones to keep the speed in check. The LP580-2 is definitely not the fastest one, but it surely is a grippy and potent one.
The newer version of the Huracan will be unveiled to the public at the upcoming LA Auto Show. Pricing will start from €150,000, making it significantly cheaper than the Huracan LP610-4 which retails for €169,500.