On the face of it, a less powerful version of an existing supercar is a pointless thing. But this is different.
This is the Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 and yes, it does lose 30bhp to the LP610-4. But it also loses two driven wheels. That’s right: this Huracan is rear-wheel-drive only. If you were worried Lambos had become a too sensible, this should redress the balance.
The 5.2-litre V10 engine produces 572bhp and 398lb/ft of torque, 75% of which is available from just 1,000rpm. Which should punch it out of corners almost as hard as if it were turbo’d.
Power goes through a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox. Performance inevitably suffers a bit, the 0-62mph time increasing a couple of tenths to 3.4secs and top speed dropping just below the 200mph barrier to 199mph. Still numbers not to be sneezed at.
More importantly though, losing the front differential shaves 33kg of the Huracan’s kerbweight – now 1,389kg – sharpening up the handling. Stiffer suspension has been added, along with recalibrated stability and traction control and revised steering.
Driving modes range from Strada – mild understeer – through Sport – slight oversteer – and track-attack Corsa. This, then, is the Huracan of choice for drivers of a lairier disposition.
Wheels and brakes are new and the styling has been massaged for better downforce. Prices for the Huracan LP580-2 are likely to start at around £175,000 when it arrives in the UK
According to Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann, the RWD Huracan appeals “to those wanting an even more intense driving experience, or who currently drive other rear-wheel-drive marques and aspire to driving a Lamborghini. It is a serious car for serious drivers.”
We don’t doubt it.
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By Only Motors