Italian supercar manufacturer Lamborghini became famous for its outrageous design and impressive performance. Historic Lamborghinis have been described as wild and even dangerous, but fun and exciting. Although some car journalist have claimed that fun and excitement factor has retreated from Lamborghini in recent years when the new Lamborghini Huracán has been introduced, company has not forgotten its roots and now is presenting a two-wheel drive version of the Huracán coupe.
Usual Huracán by no means is a boring car. Its amazing and recognizably Lamborghini design has attracted a lot of media attention for the company and allowed it to become a worthy successor to beloved Gallardo. However, it also got a fair bit of critique, usually about its dynamics and handling. In other words, lack of fun and emotion. The new Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 is all about excitement and emotion as company developed it specifically for a rear-wheel drive set-up.
Changes from a four-wheel-drive version are many. Firstly, giving up the drive in the front axle allowed saving weight – Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 is 33 kg lighter than the four-wheel-drive version. Weight distribution is also a little different – 40% at the front and 60% at the rear. This is meant to reduce inertia on the front axle – thus, to fight understeer. There is also a new power management set-up, modified suspension, new steering set-up and recalibrated stability and traction controls.
All of the changes are meant to connect the driver as much as possible to the road. And just to prove the Huracán LP 580-2 is more about fun than anything else, the driving modes STRADA, SPORT and CORSA are tuned to provide oversteering characteristics. This means that car is easy to drift around the corners, yet stays controllable. And there really is a lot to enjoy as Huracán LP 580-2 is still equipped with naturally aspirated V10 5.2 l engine, developing 580 hp (426 kW) and only weighs 1,389 kg.
Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, said: “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”.
And it really does seem to be a logical edition to the brand of charging bull and will undoubtedly receive a lot of public attention. Also, it is already getting a very positive feedback from automotive journalists, which means that once again Lamborghini has succeeded in showcasing its unique character and image.