Rear-wheel drive Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 revealed

The two-wheel drive Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 is lighter and emits less CO2, too

The Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 has been unveiled away from the glitz and glamour of the LA Motor Show, at an exclusive off-site reveal event.

The all-wheel drive Huracan will be made available with a rear-wheel drive powertrain later this year, tipping the scales at just 1,389kg – 33kg lighter than before. It gets a 40:60 front:rear weight distribution, stiffer suspension and a de-tuned version of the 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine. 

However, with 572bhp, the rear-wheel drive Huracan is only two tenths of a second slower than the LP 610-4 from 0-62mph, covering the benchmark sprint in 3.4 seconds. It’ll do 199mph flat out, which is 3mph down on the four-wheel drive car.

Best sports cars to buy in 2015

Lamborghini says the LP580-2 has been tuned to provide “oversteering characteristics, which emphasise authentic rear-wheel drive behaviour.” A button on the steering wheel allows drivers to flick through the different driving modes, each of which has been recalibrated for this rear-wheel drive model.

The mid-mounted V10 produces 540Nm of torque, with 75 per cent available from just 1,000rpm. Stiffer springs and anti-roll bars on double wishbone suspension boosts torsional rigidity over the old Gallardo LP 550-2 by 50 per cent.

Cylinder-deactivation technology is standard, allowing the car to shut down five of its 10 cylinders when cruising at steady speeds. The less powerful engine and rear-wheel-drive setup allows a drop in CO2 emissions from 290g/km to 278g/km. 

It should be recognisable on the road too, but only to those with a keen eye. The existing Huracan has been redesigned with the help of Lambo’s aerodynamic experts and the Centro Stile design team. 

There’s a set of new air intakes at the front, specially designed to increase downforce on the front axle, while the spoiler at the back works with the diffuser to improve airflow around the rear. All cars will come with Pirelli PZero-shod 19-inch wheels as standard, with 20s as an option. Other equipment includes the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit from the Audi TT.

UK prices have not been announced, but Lamborghini has confirmed it’ll cost €150,000 plus tax in Europe. That’s around €53,000 less than the four-wheel drive car, so with that in mind, we can expect a UK price of around £140,000 before options.

What do you think of the rear-wheel drive Huracan? Let us know below!

Recommended

New track-ready Lamborghini Huracan STO unveiled
Lamborghini Huracan

New track-ready Lamborghini Huracan STO unveiled

The new Lamborghini Huracan STO is a road-legal hardcore supercar, inspired by its Huracan Super Trofeo EVO racer
18 Nov 2020
New Lamborghini Huracán EVO RWD 2020 review
Lamborghini Huracan

New Lamborghini Huracán EVO RWD 2020 review

We try the new two-wheel drive Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD in the UK - is it the driver's Lamborghini we've been waiting for?
9 Jul 2020
New Lamborghini Huracán EVO RWD Spyder launched
Lamborghini Huracan

New Lamborghini Huracán EVO RWD Spyder launched

Lamborghini has launched a new rear-wheel-drive version of its drop-top supercar, with a 632bhp 5.2-litre V10 engine and a price-tag of £188,800
7 May 2020

Most Popular

Electric Nissan e-NV200 Winter Camper concept revealed
Nissan e-NV200 Winter Camper concept
News

Electric Nissan e-NV200 Winter Camper concept revealed

All-electric campervan features a built-in kitchen, a folding bed and a power pack that can be recharged using a roof-mounted solar panel
21 Jan 2021
BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6 vs Volvo S90
BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6 vs Volvo S90 - main
Car group tests

BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6 vs Volvo S90

Can plug-in hybrid power create a clear winner out of the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 or Volvo S90
23 Jan 2021
Updated Abarth 595 range launched with fresh interior
Abarth 595 2021 - main
Abarth 500

Updated Abarth 595 range launched with fresh interior

Subtle styling tweaks and a more emissions-friendly engine range for revised Abarth 595
22 Jan 2021