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?
Ford Mustang Bullitt Returns For 2019
The Ford Mustang Bullitt is back! Ford unveiled the latest iteration of its special-edition muscle car at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic movie “Bullitt”.
The Bullit has been an occasional entry in the Mustang lineup since 2001, with all sporting the Dark Highland Green of the original movie car. In the case of the new Mustang Bullitt, that beautiful exterior color (you can also get in ‘Shadow Black’) is set off by a badgeless grille, retro 19-inch gloss black torque thrust wheels, and red brake calipers.
Inside, there are a number of unique touches befitting its status as a special edition vehicle, including a 12-inch digital screen that displays a unique Bullitt welcome graphic of the car rather than the pony and a white cue ball shift knob that pays homage to the original. Just think the equipment you get in a GT Premium but a tad bit cooler.
Power is provided by an upgraded 5.0-liter V8 that produces least 475 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. Paired to a manual transmission, it delivers a top speed of 163 mph, which is an 8 mph increase over the Mustang GT.
Components from the Mustang GT’s Performance Package such as MagneRide suspension and Brembo brakes come standard, as do Recaro seats.
The special-edition 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt goes on sale in summer 2018 with a manual transmission.
Cadillac Announces ATS-V and CTS-V Championship Editions
Cadillac has introduced new Championship Editions of the Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V to celebrate the company’s win of the 2017 IMSA Manufacturer, Driver, Team and Endurance Championships.
Both commemorative ATS-V and CTS-V are available in Black Raven or Crystal White with Cadillac V-Performance graphics on the hood and rear spoiler and come with Red Obsession side-view mirror caps, a DPi-V.R graphic on the quarter windows, Red Brembo brake calipers and forged polish-finished alloy V-Series wheels with Midnight Silver painted pockets.
A Morello Red detail package gives their interiors Jet Black Recaro seats, red front and rear door armrests and Morello accented high gloss carbon fiber interior trim.
The 2018 Cadillac Championship Edition ATS-V starts at $72,190 for the sedan and $74,390 for the coupe, while the 2018 CTS-V Championship Edition sedan starts at $105,730.
Porsche Making Gas-Electric 911 To Take On New Tesla Roadster?
Likely caught off guard by the ridiculously bonkers performance of the new Tesla Roadster electric sports car, Porsche is now working on a gas-electric Porsche 911 after previously shelving plans for such a model.
Tesla’s new Roadster can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under 2 seconds (1.9 secs, to be precise) and to 100 mph (161 km/h) in only 4.2 seconds, a level of performance unmatched by any production car to date, not even the mighty, 1,479 horsepower Bugatti Chiron. Production begins in 2020.
According to , the Porsche 911 Hybrid will be introduced a few years after the next-generation 911 arrives in 2019, meaning it could it hit the market around the same time the Tesla Roadster does.
As a hybrid, the 911 won’t be a fully electric vehicle like the Roadster, with Porsche targeting an electric driving range around 40 miles compared to the Tesla’s 620-mile range.
Porsche has yet to confirm development of the car, but a spokesman confirmed to Bloomberg that the next 911 allows integration of an electric powertrain. The German automaker was even reported to be looking at solid-state battery technology for future electrified versions of the 911 and Boxster.