Lamborghini Automobili has unveiled the new, two wheel drive, facelifted and reengineered Huracán LP 580-2. It;s been specifically designed and engineered for rear wheel drive, providing a new look packaged with sporty driving dynamics.
Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, says: “The Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 continues the Lamborghini tradition of pure, visionary and technology-driven models.” It’s powered by a 5.2L V10 engine, with 426 kW (580 hp and achieving just 2.4 kilos per horsepower) available,seeing the ton in 3.4 seconds whilst on the way to a top speed of 320 kmh.
Weight has been reduced to a svelte 1389 kilograms, making it 33 kilos lighter than the all wheel drive version. Peak torque is 540 Nm, with an astonishing 75% of that available at just 1000 rpm. Huracán being Huracán, there’s engine cylinder deactivation, helping the V10 achieve fuel economy of under 12L per 100 kilometres on a combined cycle.
Weight distribution is 40% at the front, 60% to the rear with Winkelmann saying: “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.”
With the lesser weight force on the nose, a new power management system, stiffer suspension, new steering set up and recalibrated traction & stability systems reconnect the driver to the car and the road even more. Being rear wheeled biased, the sports modes of STRADA, SPORTS and CORSA are tuned to provide an oversteering characteristic, reinvigorating the brand’s history in rear wheel drive behaviour.
Design wise, the front and rear of the 580-2 define the car: it’s fresh, young, and gives the Huracán a distinctively assertive look. Newly formed air intakes at the front direct both headwind and cooling air in an effort to increase downforce on the front end whilst the spoiler lip at the rear combines with the underbody diffuser to improve rear airflow, with the Huracán LP 580-2 not needing a movable spoiler as a result.
Although the new Kari rims are the same size in diameter at 19 inches, in true Lamborghini fashion there wider at the rear than at the front and are shod in Pirelli P Zero tyres developed specifically for the LP 580-2. A redeveloped spring setup and anti-roll bars on the double wishbone suspension give an incredible 50% higher torsional stiffness than the Gallardo LP 550-2.
The seven speed dual clutch system, Lamborghini Doppia Frizione or LDF, is tailored to provide the fastest possible gear changes and includes launch control, whilst the optional Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) gives the driver the feeling of improved agility and control. The Huracán includes the Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale (LPI) centre of gravity sensor system, providing info in real time to the optional Magneto Rheological Suspension and steering & stability control systems.
Computers provide the soul of the Huracán LP580-2; known as ANIMA or Adaptive Network Intelligent Management, it offers up the three driving modes mentioned previously. STRADA is for daily use and with a touch of understeer, SPORT which is intended to forge the emotional connectional between car and driver by allowing some oversteer and CORSA, the track mode with neutral balance.
A new owner can involve Ad Personam, Lamborghini’s personal tailoring service, and can choose from an amazing range of options and colours, inside and out. There’s also the latest Lamborghini Infotainment System II, with a 12.3” high resolution TFT instrument panel.
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
Founded in 1963, Automobili Lamborghini is headquartered in Sant’Agata Bolognese, in North-eastern Italy. The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, which made its world debut at Geneva Motor Show in 2014 and the Spyder version presented at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, are the successors to the iconic Gallardo and with their innovative technology and superior performance have redefined the luxury super sports cars driving experience. The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 in coupé and Roadster versions, and the Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce and Superveloce Roadster, stand as a point of reference in the world of V12 luxury super sports cars. With 135 dealerships throughout the world, Automobili Lamborghini in over half a century has created an uninterrupted series of dream cars, including the 350 GT, Miura, Espada, Countach, Diablo, Murciélago, and limited series including Reventón, Sesto Elemento and Aventador J. The Veneno Coupé, Egoista and Veneno Roadster were designed to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary in 2013.