Hot on the heels of the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo’s debut at the Pebble Beach festivities, Autocar reports that a rear-wheel-drive variant of the bull-badged supercar is already in development -- along with several other versions.
Lamborghini chief Stephan Winkelmann spilled the beans while at Pebble Beach in an interview with Autocar. “We did [a rear-wheel-drive variant] with the Gallardo so it might be an option. We are a four-wheel-drive super-sports car [manufacturer] but why should we not do a rear-drive option?”
The rear-wheel-drive Gallardo, of which only 250 were built, was named the LP 550-2 Balboni, named for Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni.
Following the path set out after the Gallardo debuted in 2003, the next step for the Lamborghini Huracán would be a Spyder drop-top. We’d previously speculated that a Lamborghini Huracán Spyder would arrive in 2015, and there’s still a good shot it will bow at the next Geneva auto show. Sticking to the same logic, it’s likely that faster and more powerful Huracán variants will also pop up over time, including a lightweight Superleggera model.
As is, the current 2014 Lamborghini Huracán draws 602 hp from its 5.2-liter V-10 engine. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic delivers power to all four wheels, which are equipped with carbon-ceramic disc brakes and Pirelli PZero tires. The Huracán rockets to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds on its way to a 202 mph top speed. Starting price totals $240,245, not including the gas-guzzler tax for U.S. models.
It’s uncertain whether a rear-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracán would cost less than the current all-wheel-drive model, but at least it would satisfy the demands of European bureau chief Georg Kacher. “A decontented, lightweight, rear-wheel-drive Huracán powered by a bespoke V-8 might be a tempting future model,” Kacher said following his drive in the supercar through country roads near Málaga, Spain.