Validating recent rumors (as well as our own speculation) Lamborghini has formally unveiled the rear-wheel drive version of the Huracan ahead of its debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Motor Show.
Known officially as the LP 580-2 the new variant serves as the company’s new entry level model which should please well heeled buyers that seek to do traditional burnouts and shave a few dollars off the price in the process. The main change (besides the rear-wheel drive) is its slightly detuned 5.2 liter V10 which now produces 571 horsepower (580 PS) and 398 lb-ft of torque. Granted it is a 30 horsepower decrease when compared to the all-wheel drive model, but it still remains one of the highest horsepower figures in the segment.
All of this muscle is still delivered through the same seven speed dual clutch gearbox that also sees duty in the AWD variant, but the removal of the second driveshaft and the front wheel drive system allowed the car to shed 73 lbs of excess weight. This not only brings overall weight down to 3,062 lbs, but also shifts the weight distribution slightly rearward as well.
Lamborghini claims that the car will make the sprint to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds which is only a mere 0.2 seconds behind the AWD version and hit a slightly lower top speed of 199 mph. Lamborghini engineers bestowed the car with a stiffer suspension and a reworked power management system that features an equally tweaked steering system. The various driving modes have also been redone to help allow drivers to access desirable levels of oversteer and embrace the full capabilities of RWD.
With all of these mechanical enhancements, it’s easy to assume that the aesthetics of the car were carried over unchanged. Lamborghini however revealed that the swap in driving layout required some styling revisions to help the car cope with the change. The front air intakes for example have been slightly reformed to help increase air pressure on the front axle, while the rear spoiler helps improve rear air flow. In addition slick 19-inch Kari rims complete the styling updates, and round out the look quite nicely.
After its time on the show circuit is complete, look for the LP-580-2 to begin arriving in European Lamborghini showrooms either later this year or early next year where it will boast a 150,000 euro MSRP ($160,000.) The company did not release U.S. pricing or whether the LP-580-2 will even be launched on our shores, however we strongly suspect that it will eventually make its way to the U.S. at a later date.