We were invited by Lamborghini for a very exciting drive in Doha, and more specifically on a certified FIA circuit for MotoGP: Losail Circuit. Honestly speaking, it's an experience not to be missed with Lamborghini, folks! 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 setup, the Huracán LP 580-2 combines dynamic new looks with a package for an enhanced Lamborghini driving emotion.
"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 drive 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."
What are the changes on the LP 580-2 vs. the LP 610-4?
The Huracán LP 580-2 has been engineered and tuned for an essential driving experience. With its naturally aspirated V10 5.2 liter engine sending 580 horsepower to the rear axle, the Huracán LP 580-2's dry weight is just 1,389 kilograms - 33 kilograms lighter than the four-wheel drive version.
Weight distribution is biased 40 percent at the front and 60 percent at the rear, reducing inertia on the front axle. An entirely new power management setup, encompassing modified suspension, new steering setup and recalibrated stability and traction controls, connects the driver as directly as possible to 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.
The Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 is clearly different from its four-wheel drive stablemate. The front and rear of the Huracán LP 580-2 have been redesigned, accenting a younger, fresher 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 inch Kari rims, enhancing the car's dynamic expression. Pirelli PZero tires 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.
The interior is typical Huracán, but that's not a wicked thing since the cabin's ornaments were updated with higher quality materials for the latest model year. Truthfully, the Huracán feels as well-built as any luxury supercar in the market nowadays. Can't complain at all!
Drivetrain and chassis
The Huracán's V10 5.2 liter, naturally aspirated, mid-mounted engine has been re-engineered to provide a maximum 580 horsepower output and 540 Nm of torque, with 75 percent of the torque readily 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 kilograms dry, with a weight reduction of 33 kilograms 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 percent, 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.
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.
I jumped in those little RWD monsters parked next to each other, more specifically the red one (which was the launch color). Heading out of the pit lane at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, the first thing I felt about the Huracán 580-2 is how fast it is! Linked to a seven speed dual-clutch transmission, the V10's roars progressively conquer the cockpit as the indicator reaches almost 250 km/h!
In the first two modes driven (STRADA and SPORT), I didn't feel that big of a difference between its sibling the LP 610-4. But forget about that, because I switched on the "CORSA" mode - then my experience was off the hook! With no exaggeration, I felt like a young boy who's stolen his parent's car on Saturday evening. I enjoyed every single lap driving it. Most likely because I had the rear-wheel drive type and I was officially legal on the road! During one of my best experiences onboard the LP610-4 in northern Sweden I was satisfied. But now I was able to catch the real difference. The LP 610-4 felt like one piece moving from one side to the other. The LP 580-2 gave me that feeling of having my tail disconnected from the front of the car - and that's where the fun begins!
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 inch 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 Lamborghini dealerships at a suggested retail price of less than $200,000 USD plus taxes, that applies in all Middle East markets.
After a fabulous day on the track with lots of fun and pleasure (the theme of the event says "Driver's High"), the LP 580-2 is where new buyers should make their first entrance into the brand. Lamborghini execs say that 30 percent of those customers have never owned one of their cars before. I personally enjoyed my time way more than the LP 610-4 (I still believe that four-wheel drive vehicles are meant for amateurs)!
Rivals: McLaren 570S, Porsche 911 Turbo, Audi R8, Ferrari California T, Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
Pros: Precise steering, fun to drive, drifting machine, V10 engine's sound, more affordable than the LP 610-4.
Cons: Little visual differences against the LP 610-4, not quite as fast as the AWD.
One word: Drifter.
5.2 L, V10, 580 hp at 8,000 rpm, 540 Nm at 6,500 rpm.
RWD, 7 speed LDF dual-clutch transmission with Drive Select Mode.
Top speed: 320 km/h, 0-100 km/h: 3.4 sec, Fuel consumption: 11.9 L/100 km
Weight: 1,389 kg