Lamborghini Will Bring RWD Huracan To Los Angeles Auto Show
Lamborghini is seriously considering the launch a rear-wheel-drive version of the Huracan, and if that plan proceeds without a hitch, we can expect to see the car as early as the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 20, 2015.
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelman stopped short of officially confirming the RWD Huracan’s arrival, but his discussion on the subject with Autocar at the Pebble Beach Concours seemed to point to that inevitable conclusion. Winkelmann even pointed out a similar strategy the Italian brand did with the Lamborghini Gallardo, the Huracan’s predecessor. The RWD Gallardo ended up becoming a smart business decision for Lamborghini as it gave customers an extra option to choose from outside of the traditional four-wheel-drive variants. More importantly, the RWD version helped the Gallardo become the best-selling Lamborghini model of all time.
Basing it on that precedent, the prospect of seeing a rear-wheel-drive Huracan isn’t so much a question on ‘if’ Lambo will sign off on it as much as it is ‘when’ the company is going to do it. Turns out, we may get our answer soon enough.
There’s also that angle that Lamborghini has already decided on releasing an RWD Huracan and is just waiting for the right time to do it. Having the supercar make its debut in Los Angeles, a traditionally ripe market for Lamborghini, could be that time as it gives the company one last turn in the spotlight in 2015 before the calendar flips to 2016. That, in turn, should give the RWD Huracan enough time to get publicity ahead of the 2016 sales year as Lambo gears up for the Huracan’s second full year in the market.
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Why it matters
So what can we expect from the rear-wheel-drive Huracan compared to the rear-wheel-drive Gallardo? According to reports, Lamborghini will be adopting a different strategy in the packaging of the RWD Huracan, veering away from the “less expensive alternative” tag attached to the RWD Gallardo. No reason was given as to why this would be the case, but I could argue that Lamborghini will be trying to differentiate the RWD version from the AWD version and make it more appealing to potential customers. That could happen if the RWD Huracan is packaged as a more extreme version of the model. It could be a lighter and a little more powerful version to compensate for it being rear-wheel-drive, all at a price that could be a little more than the AWD version.
The higher price tag could be justified if Lambo adopts a similar strategy in terms of the car’s availability. Remember, the RWD Gallardo was limited to just 250 units. As lacking as it was in terms of quantity, it generated enough buzz that customers couldn’t get their hands on it fast enough. That propelled strong conversations about the Gallardo as a whole, thus contributing to the model’s continued popularity.
That said, Lamborghini hasn’t said whether the RWD Huracan will come in limited numbers, although it’s likely going to end up that way. The formula worked the first time around and there’s no reason to steer away from that — especially if the company has also laid-out plans regarding a possible rear-wheel-drive version of the Huracan LP610-4 Spyder.
About that, well, let’s table that discussion for another day. That’s an entirely different matter altogether.
Read our full review on the Lamborghini Huracan here.