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.
With the Lamborghini Huracan proving to be a hot seller for the Italian supercar maker, Lamborghini has revealed that it will be rolling out a suite of upgrades for 2016 that aim to keep the Huracan’s momentum strong in the face of competition from Ferrari and McLaren.
A key upgrade is an all new cylinder deactivation system that allows the engine to drop from 10 cylinders to 5 cylinders during light driving. Lamborghini claims that it is the first time such a system has been used on a naturally aspirated V10 though that claim does come with an asterisk since it’s cousin the Audi R8 uses a similar system for its ten cylinder engine.
In addition to the fuel saving technology, The 2016 Huracan also benefits from a revamped all-wheel drive system that promises to deliver “a neutral and even more improved driving behavior.” Buyers looking for an alternative to all-wheel drive will be pleased with the upcoming rear-wheel drive version of the Huracan. Expected to debut later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, this variant is aimed at shedding weight while also cutting the cost of entry when compared to its AWD sibling.
The interior largely carries over unchanged, but more leather trim and new matte black air vents highlight the only major trim changes for 2016. Audiophiles will love the all new ten speaker Sensonum audio system as well as the excellent soundtrack generated from the all new sport exhaust system. As for buyers that prefer to excel in the art of showing off their ride, all new carbon fiber engine bay trim and a transparent engine cover allow the mighty V10 to be the center of attention at all times while LED interior lighting makes a splash during nighttime driving.
Naturally these optional extras will help inflate the final price tag by a significant margin, but buyers will be pleased to hear that the price of a base Huracan with all the standard upgrades will remain the same and not see any form of increase. These upgrades will make their apperance on both the coupe and the recently unveiled Huracan Spyder in an effort to woo customers away from rivals such as McLaren and Ferrari.
In an official statement released earlier this week. Lamborghini has revealed that it will be unveiling the all new Huracan Spyder at next weeks Frankfurt Motor Show.
It was originally speculated that the Italian supercar maker would hold off on unveiling it until the Geneva Motor Show in March. But a statement revealed via Twitter confirmed that the company had decided on an earlier Frankfurt unveiling for the Spyder.
Lamborghini’s Tweet did not reveal very many details about the car, but it did include a lone teaser image of the Spyder. While a strategically placed pillar kept much of the car obscured, the rear of the car does appear to reveal that the new Spyder would retain the coupe’s C-pillar line which suggests that the Spyder would be a targa model versus a formal convertible model like its predecessor the Gallardo Spyder.
Regardless of what roof configuration ultimately makes the cut, look for the Huracan Spyder to carryover virtually all the coupe’s performance goodies including the potent 5.2 liter V10 and all 601 of its tarmac shredding horses. This horsepower figure as well as its equally impressive 413 lb-ft of torque should allow the Spyder to make the sprint to 60 mph in just over 3 seconds which would only be a tad slower than the coupe’s 0 to 60 time.
Lamborghini did not reveal any pricing information for the Huracan Spyder, but look for the droptop to carry a premium over its coupe sibling, and arrive with an MSRP just over $240,000. After it makes its debut in Frankfurt, look for the first production units to begin arriving in Lamborghini showrooms sometime next year.