RWD Huracan LP 580-2

BY Azfar Hashim

Lamborghini promises rear-wheel drive driving fun with the new rear-wheel drive only Huracan LP 580-2

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. Weighing 33 kg lighter than its all-wheel drive brethren, the 1,389 kg LP 580-2 has 580 bhp and 540 Nm worth of torque readily available, courtesy of a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 power plant.

Weight distribution is set to 40% at the front / 60% at the rear, reducing inertia on the front axle. An entirely new power management set-up, along with modified suspension, new steering set-up 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.

To tell the LP 580-2 apart from the all-wheel drive version, Centro Stile designers and Lamborghini’s aerodynamic experts have done some changes. 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. It also sits on new, different-sized (front/rear) 19” Kari rims, paired to Pirelli PZero tyres that were exclusively developed for the rear-wheel drive car.

As per 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 undetected by the driver. This feature reduces fuel consumption to 11.9 l/100 km (combined circle) and CO2 to 278 g/km.

The Lamborghini Doppia Frizione (LDF) seven-speed dual clutch ensures the fastest gear changes and includes ‘launch control’ for maximum acceleration from a standing start. Also, 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.

Reservations for the Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 can already be placed with Lamborghini Singapore. Delivery is scheduled to start in March 2016.