Pretend You’re a Racecar Driver in Lamborghini’s New Rear-Wheel-Drive Huracán

With a racecar’s wheel differential and weight dispersal, its top speed is just shy of 200 mph…

All-wheel drive too tame for you? The new rear-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 provides the responsive feel of a racecar for drivers who want to add a little spice to their Sant’Agata bull. Building on the popularity of the original all-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 (introduced in 2014), the new version offers the sportier handling and performance dynamics delivered by the alternate differential.

Weighing in at only 3,062 pounds, thanks to its aluminum and carbon-fiber chassis, the new Huracán bears 60 percent of its weight in the back, in order to optimize the rear-wheel workload (a similar distribution is found on Formula 1 cars). At the front, redesigned air intakes focus the flow to maximize downforce. The net result is that when accelerating, the car’s weight reverts to the rear, enhancing traction, which, in turn, aids acceleration—a perpetual cycle of performance.

Adding power to the equation is a 580 hp, 5.2-liter V-10 engine capable of hurling the Huracán from zero to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and hitting a top speed of almost 200 mph. And handling is enhanced by a double-wishbone suspension with 50-percent greater torsional rigidity than the marque’s Gallardo LP 550-2. Regulating the racer is a 7-speed Lamborghini Doppia Frizione (LDF) dual-clutch transmission that features three driving modes for road and track (activated at the steering wheel), as well as launch control for stellar acceleration from standing starts.

Lamborghini’s latest follows similar editions of legends like the Countach, Diablo, and Miura, as well as the track-only Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo. Currently available through dealerships, the Huracán LP 580-2 has a starting price of about $160,000. (lamborghini.com)

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