Lamborghini Huracan To Get Superleggera And LP610-2 Versions
With the current Lamborghini lineup consisting of the Huracan LP610-4, Aventador LP700-4, Aventador LP700-4 Roadster and the newly unveiled Aventador LP750-4 Super Veloce, the supercar maker is working on two new models to expand its range. One of them will be a successor to the Gallardo Superlegerra, only this time it is the Huracan that will receive more power, lose weight and switch to rear-wheel-drive to rival cars like the Ferrari 488 GTBand the McLaren 675LT.
In essence a more track-focused version, the Huracan Superlegerra is expected to be developed in a similar manner to Ferrari’s now defunct 458 Speciale or, if you want, in the same vein as Lamborghini’s own Aventador LP750-4 Super Veloce, minus the all-wheel-drive. The second Huracan model to hit showrooms in the upcoming years will be a spiritual successor to the Gallardo Balboni Edition and the subsequent Gallardo LP550-2.
Set to become the company’s new entry-level model, the Huracan LP610-2 will ditch the AWD system in order to save both weight and costs, while offering a more "playful" driving experience in the process. There is currently no ETA for the two new Huracans, but an announcement on the matter is bound to be made by the end of 2015, for the cars to be launched sometime in 2016. Meanwhile, Lamborghini is keeping busy with the "final leg" development of the Aventador LP750-4 Super Veloce Roadster, which was recently spied undergoing testing.
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Why it matters
Unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and using the same architecture as the 2016 Audi R8, the Lamborghini Huracan hasn’t received the best of reviews since it hit the market, even though it is more powerful and much faster than its predecessor, the long-lived Gallardo. The mild criticism concerning Lamborghini’s entry-level model likely resulted from the Huracan’s performance, which is said to be much more attainable by average drivers in the brand’s quest for more sales. The sheer lunacy of its predecessors has transformed into safer handling and a somewhat disconnected driving feel, mostly because of the grippy all-wheel-drive system and electric power steering.
Switching to rear-wheel-drive and shedding more weight for the Superleggera would in theory bring back some of its ancestors’ "widow-maker credentials" in order to attract hard-core enthusiasts while also providing Lamborghini with a good-enough rival for the much faster models from Ferrari and McLaren. As for the Huracan LP610-2, the reduction in starting price, along with a more pure driving experience, is also bound to expand the carmaker’s market share.