Rumors of a rear-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracan have been flying around since 2014, when when CEO Stephan Winkelman said the Italian brand sees no reason to "not do a rear-drive option." More than a year has passed since then, and Lambo finally unveiled the RWD Huracan at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Dubbed Huracan LP 580-2, the new entry-level, rear-wheel-drive sports car is by no means a surprising move from Sant’Agata Bolognese. Much like the standard Huracan replaced the Gallardo, the RWD arrives as a spiritual successor to the Gallardo LP 550-2, which Lambo launched in 2010 as the lowest priced model in the Gallardo line-up. Just like its predecessor, the Huracan LP 580-2 is more than just a RWD version of the regular Huracan, having a less powerful engine and revised front and rear fascias.

Engineered and tuned for an even more intense driving experience, the LP 580-2 is described as "the purest expression of a Lamborghini to date." In other words, it is aimed at purists who would rather drive a tail-happy sports car than an AWD Lambo that’s safer, but less exciting to hoon around.

If the Gallardo LP 550-2 is any indication, the Huracan LP 580-2 should be followed by a roadster and a more powerful version. But, until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the very first RWD iteration of the Huracan.

Updated 01/07/2016: Lamborghini dropped a new video showing the rear wheel drive version of the Huracán Coupe in action on the race track. Hit ’play’ to watch it!

Continue reading to learn more about the Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2.

  • 2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    V10
  • Transmission:
    seven-speed dual-clutch
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    571 @ 8000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    398 @ 6500
  • Displacement:
    5.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    199 mph
  • Price:
    € 150000
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Exterior

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Although it borrows most of its styling cues from its all-wheel-drive sibling, the LP 580-2 looks quite different from the front. That’s because Lambo redesigned the entire bumper section, reshaping the air intakes. Unlike the LP 610-4, which had a two-piece grille with honeycomb mesh on the sides, the LP 580-2 has a three-piece layout with a taller center section. The side intakes have horizontal canards that help direct cooling air and increase downforce on the front axle.

Around back, the LP 580-2 received a slightly revised diffuser and a new three-piece grille under the taillights and spoiler.

Changes are less noticeable around back, but the LP 580-2 did receive a slightly revised diffuser and a new three-piece grille under the taillights and spoiler. While I can’t really decide which version has the better looking front end, I find the LP 580-2 to be the prettier one from the rear.

Rounding off the car’s exterior is a set of new 19-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli PZero tires specifically developed for the Huracan’s rear-wheel-drive configuration.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 2,620 MM (103.14 Inches)
Length 4,459 MM (175.55 Inches)
Width 1,924 MM (75.74 Inches)
Width (incl. exterior mirrors) 2,236 MM (88.03 Inches)
Height 1,165 MM (45.86 Inches)
Track front 1,668 MM (65.66 Inches)
Track rear 1,620 MM (63.77 Inches)

Interior

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Lamborghini had nothing to say about the car’s interior, but it’s safe to assume it’s identical to the rear-wheel-drive Huracan. As a brief refresher, the Huracan gained a brand-new interior with a revised instrument cluster, updated sports seats, a new steering wheel, and a large, 12.3-inch TFT display. The cockpit is packed with carbon-fiber, fine leather, and Alcantara surfaces, and the upholstery is available in a wide range of colors with contrast stitching. Just like the standard model, the rear-wheel-drive Huracan can be customized via Ad Personam, Lamborghini’s very own personalization program.

Drivetrain

Motivation is provided by the same high-revving, 5.2-liter V-10, but output has been tuned down to 571 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 31-horsepower and 15-pound-feet reduction compared to the LP 610-4. The oomph travels to the rear wheels through the same seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox.

The big news here is that the lack of an all-wheel-drive system makes the LP 580-2 73 pounds lighter than the standard model (3,062 pounds).

Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes 3.4 seconds, only 0.2 seconds slower than the LP 610-4.

Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes 3.4 seconds, only 0.2 seconds slower than the LP 610-4. Top speed is rated at 199 mph, a three-mph drop from the LP 610-4.

As in other Huracan models, the LP 580-2 features cylinder deactivation to improve fuel economy. When full engine capacity is not required, five of the ten cylinders are temporarily deactivated. The result is a fuel consumption of only 11.9 liters per 100 km on the combined circle and carbon-dioxide emissions of 278 g/km.

Like the LP 610-4, the LP 580-2 uses a custom setup for springs and anti-roll bars on double wishbone suspension, which improves torsional stiffness by 50% compared to the Gallardo LP 550-2.

Stopping power comes from steel rotors and aluminum calipers. The AWD Huracan has carbon-ceramic rotors.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type Ten-cylinder V, 90°, IDS+MPI dual injection
Displacement 5,204 cm
Bore / stroke 84,5 mm x 92,8 mm
Valve control Intake and exhaust camshafts with continually variable adjustment
Compression 12.7 : 1
Max. power 571 HP @ 8,000 RPM
Max. torque 398 LB-FT @ 6,500 RPM
Emissions class EURO 6
Exhaust treatment Four catalysts with lambda regulation
Cooling system Water and oil cooling systems
Engine Management Bosch MED 17
Master Slave
Lubrication Dry sump
Type Rear-wheel drive
Transmission 7-speed LDF dual-clutch transmission, shift characteristics variable via Drive Select Mode
Top Speed 320 KM/H (199 MPH)
0–100 km/h (62 mph) 3.4 seconds
0–200 km/h (124 mph) 10.1 seconds

Prices

Pricing for the Huracan LP 580-2 starts from €150,000 (about $159,560) + tax in Europe. For reference, the Huracan LP 610-4 is priced from €201,000 (around $213,840). There’s no word as to whether the RWD Huracan will cross the pond to the United States.

Competition

Ferrari 488 GTB

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When it comes to rear-wheel-drive machines, the Ferrari 488 GTB is the Huracan LP 580-2’s newest competitor. Developed to replace the already iconic 458 Italia, the 488 boasts updated styling, a refreshed interior, and a brand-new powerplant. Unlike both its predecessor and the Huracan, the 488 GTB ditched the naturally aspirated engine in favor of a turbocharged, 3.9-liter V-8. The new powerplant cranks out 660 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque and pushes the Ferrari from 0 to 62 in only three seconds. Its top speed is also superior to the Huracan at 205 mph.

Find out more about the Ferrari 488 GTB here.

McLaren 650S

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Created specifically to take on the Ferrari 458 Italia and the Lamborghini Huracan, the McLaren 650S will be on the market just enough to cross swords with both the 488 GTB and LP 580-2. Blending styling cues from both the MP4-12C and the P1 supercar, the 650S is also a RWD supercar and, uses a turbo V-8. Its 3.8-liter engine generates 640 horses and 500 pound-feet of torque, which hit the pavement through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. The 650S screams from 0 to 62 mph in only three seconds and hits a top speed of 207 mph.

Read more about the McLaren 650S here.

Conclusion

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Needless to say, the LP 580-2 is a welcome addition to the Huracan family. The RWD supercar will definitely keep purists happy, despite not being as powerful as the AWD model. Those in need of more horsepower shouldn’t worry though, as Lamborghini is likely already working on a successor to the Gallardo LP 550-2 Balboni. My only complaint with the 580-2 is that it doesn’t come with a manual transmission, but given today’s environment, I’m not surprised Lambo opted to not offer one.

  • Leave it
    • * No manual transmission
    • * U.S. availability unknown
    • * Slower than its Ferrari and McLaren competitors

Updated History

Updated 12/14/2015: Lamborghini dropped a first promo video for its latest addition to the Huracan lineup: the new LP 580-2. According to the company, the rear wheel drive version of the Huracan was created to give its driver a pure "fun to drive" experience. Hit "play" to see how!

Updated 11/24/2015: Lamborghini dropped a new video in which it highlights the world debut of the LP580-2 at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Press Release

Automobili Lamborghini presents the Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2: a two-wheel drive version of the Huracán coupe. Specifically designed and engineered for its rear-wheel drive set-up, the Huracán LP 580-2’s combines dynamic new looks with a package for an enhanced Lamborghini driving emotion.

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"The Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 continues the Lamborghini tradition of pure, visionary and technology-driven models," says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. "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."

The Huracán LP 580-2 has been engineered and tuned for an essential driving experience. With its naturally aspirated V10 5.2 l engine sending 426 kW / 580 hp to the rear axle, the Huracán LP 580-2’s dry weight is just 1,389 kg, thus 33 kg lighter than the four-wheel-drive version.

Weight distribution is biased 40% at the front / 60% at the rear, reducing inertia on the front axle. An entirely new power management set-up, encompassing stiffer suspension, new steering set-up for more precise turning, and recalibrated stability and traction controls, connects the driver as directly as possible with the road. The selectable Lamborghini driving modes STRADA, SPORT and CORSA are tuned to provide oversteering characteristics, emphasizing authentic rear-wheel drive behavior.

The engaging, sporty fun of the two-wheel drive Huracán LP 580-2 perfectly complements the existing Huracán offering with the all-encompassing technology and experience of the four wheel-drive Huracán LP 610-4 and the lifestyle appeal of the Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder.

Design

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The Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 is clearly different from its four wheel-drive stable mate. The front and rear of the Huracán LP 580-2 have been redesigned, accenting a young, fresh and more assertive look and highlighting the aeronautic styling.

Each design detail of the Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 celebrates the aesthetic of function; the result of a close collaboration between the Centro Stile designers and Lamborghini’s aerodynamic experts. The large, newly formed front air intakes specifically direct the cooling air and headwind to increase down pressure on the front axle. The spoiler lip at the rear works together with the rising diffuser in the underbody to improve airflow around the rear of the car – the Huracán does not require a movable rear spoiler.

The Huracán LP 580-2 sits on new, different-sized (front/rear) 19" Kari rims, enhancing the car’s dynamic expression. Pirelli PZero tyres have been exclusively developed for the rear-wheel drive car. Steel brakes with aluminum brake disc calipers have been specially contoured for weight reduction and improved cooling.

Re-engineered for rear-wheel drive performance

The Huracán’s V10 5.2 liter naturally aspirated, mid-mounted engine has been re-engineered to provide a maximum 426 kW (580 hp) power output and 540 Nm of torque, with 75% of torque already available at 1,000 rpm.

As in the other Huracán models, the LP 580-2 features cylinder deactivation to improve engine efficiency. When full engine capacity is not required, five of the ten cylinders are temporarily deactivated by switching off one cylinder bank. When the driver accelerates, the system switches back instantaneously to ten-cylinder mode, while being virtually impossible to detect by the driver. This feature reduces fuel consumption to 11.9 l/100 km (combined circle) and CO2 to 278 g/km.

Weighing 1,389 kg dry, with a weight reduction of 33 kg over the Huracán LP 610-4 coupe, the Huracán LP 580-2 achieves a weight to power ratio of just 2.4 kg/hp. The LP 580-2 uses the Huracán’s hybrid aluminum and carbon fiber chassis, contributing to the lower weight.

With a new setup for springs and anti-roll bars on double wishbone suspension, torsional stiffness of the Huracán LP 580-2 is improved by 50% compared to the Gallardo LP 550-2.

The Lamborghini Doppia Frizione (LDF) seven-speed dual clutch architecture ensures the fastest gear changes and includes ’launch control’ for maximum acceleration from a standing start. The electronic power steering and optional Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) have been tuned to improve the car’s agility and controllability in every driving condition, depending on driving mode and speed. New rear kinematics heighten the car’s ’centered’ feeling.

The Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale (LPI) – the Huracán’s sensor system placed in the center of gravity of the car, tracing all 3D movements – has also been implemented in the rear-wheel drive version. It provides real time information to the optional Magneto Rheological Suspension (MRS), steering and stability control systems: the ESC has been regulated to adapt to all adherence conditions yet emphasize the rear-wheel drive behavior in each driving mode.

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Driving emotion – maximum enjoyment

Every aspect of the Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 has been engineered for driving fun, allowing drivers to interpret the feedback from the car and connect with the road or track.

The ANIMA (Adaptive Network Intelligent Management: ’soul’ in Italian) button on the steering wheel allows the driver to adopt different driving modes, recalibrated to suit the spirit of the rear-wheel drive model. STRADA, for daily use, provides a slight understeering feedback and is traction-oriented; SPORT, is for sporty and emotional driving fun with slight oversteering behavior; and CORSA, ensures maximum performance in track mode, providing a neutral steering behavior.

Specifications, heritage and pricing

The LP 580-2 is available in the full range of Huracán external and internal colors and trims. In addition, through Lamborghini’s personalization program Ad Personam, the options for external and internal colors are limitless.

The Huracán LP 580-2 is fitted with the latest Lamborghini Infotainment System II, with a 12.3" high resolution TFT instrument panel.

Previous Lamborghini rear-wheel drive models include the predecessor Gallardo LP 550-2. The Lamborghini Miura, Countach and Diablo in rear-wheel drive variants were perfect examples of the fun-to-drive concept. The rear-wheel drive Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo launched in 2014, races at tracks worldwide in this year’s three Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series in Europe, Asia and USA.

The Huracán LP 580-2 is available at the Lamborghini dealerships at a suggested retail price of 150.000 Euros + tax (Europe).

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