As we reported earlier this month, the Lamborghini Huracán will spawn a wilder, lighter, rear-wheel-drive version. Debuting at the 2015 Los Angeles auto show, the Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 ditches its all-wheel-drive system to shed 72.8 pounds — and give the car a more aggressive personality. The LP 580-2 follows in the footsteps of the rear-wheel-drive LP 550-2 versions of the Huracán’s predecessor, the Gallardo.
The rear-drive Huracán is “a serious car for serious drivers,” says Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann. The Huracán’s standard 5.2-liter V-10 engine is rated for 571 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque in the LP 580-2, down slightly from the standard car’s 602 hp and 412 lb-ft. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic remains the only transmission choice. Despite its reduced power, the LP 580-2’s reduced weight allows it to hit 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and manages a top speed of 199 mph
As on all 2016 Lamborghini Huracán models, the LP 580-2’s V-10 can shut down one bank of cylinders to save fuel when cruising.
Compared to the standard model, the Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 also has a stiffer suspension and steering calibration, and the company says the stability and traction controls have been adjusted for “oversteering characteristics.” The Strada (street) mode promotes understeer, while Sport promotes more oversteer and Corsa (race) is said to provide “a neutral steering behavior.”
New 19-inch wheels (versus 20-inchers on the regular car) sit at each corner, wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires and surrounding steel brake discs with aluminum hats. Those brakes are smaller and lighter than the carbon-ceramic units on the regular Huracán. Lamborghini’s magnetorheological suspension is optional.
The Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 also has exterior changes that serve both aesthetic and performance functions. A new front fascia has larger intakes to cool the front brakes and increase frontal downforce, while a redesigned rear spoiler and a diffuser provide more downforce.
In the U.S., the Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 will set buyers back $201,100 including gas-guzzler taxes.