When the Lamborghini Huracan first went on sale, it was available only with an all-wheel drive setup. However, but that has now changed with the introduction of the rear-wheel drive Huracan LP 580-2.
Unveiled at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Huracan LP 580-2 serves as the entry-level model not only for the Huracan lineup, but also for the Lamborghini. Modified bumpers and new 19-inch wheels wrapped around in Pirelli PZero tires help distinguish it from its four-wheel drive counterpart.
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Its naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10 has been detuned to produce 571 horsepower (580 PS) and 398 lb-ft. (540 Nm) of torque, which is approximately 30 horsepower less than the standard LP 610-4 edition’s output.
This power deficiency is somewhat made up for with the removal of the all-drive system, which makes the Italian supercar 73 lbs (33 kg) lighter at an overall curb weight of 3,062 pounds (1,389 kg). Weight distribution has also shifted slightly to the rear, figuring in at 40 percent at the front and 60 percent at the rear.
All power is delivered to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, allowing the Huracan LP 580-2 to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds — just 0.2 seconds slower than the LP 610-4 — before reaching a top speed of 198 mph (320 km/h).
Other performance highlights include a retuned suspension, an improved steering system, reformed front air intakes that increase downforce at the front, and recalibrated stability and traction control systems.
To many enthusiasts, every single one of these modifications make the Huracan LP 580-2 more of a purist supercar than the LP 610-4. Just think about the burnouts…
The Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 is currently available for order and is priced at €150,000 (~$160,000 USD), making it significantly cheaper than the €169,500 ($241,945 in the U.S.) Huracan LP610-4. Do you want one? Can you afford one?