PASSION FOR PURISTS: Lamborghini Hurácan LP 580-2

Text Steven Edward Yu with Automobili Lamborghini, S.p.A Photos Keith Mark Dador and Automobili Lamborghini, S.p.A

Text Steven Edward Yu with Automobili Lamborghini, S.p.A
Photos Keith Mark Dador and Automobili Lamborghini, S.p.A

When it comes to building hypercars that are instantly recognizable from their stable mates yet share the same emotional appeal, Lamborghini takes the tiramisu. The highly-successful Gallardo’s successor, the Huracán coupe, is proving itself to be a worthy heir. Launched last November 2015, our cover hypercar, the Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2, is a Lambo purist’s delight: a two-wheel drive version of the almighty Huracán coupe. Specifically designed and engineered for its rear-wheel drive set-up, the Huracán LP 580-2 combines new looks with a
drivetrain that captures the pure Lamborghini spirit.

The Huracán LP 580-2 is painstakingly engineered and precision-tuned for an incomparable driving experience. A naturally aspirated, 5.2 liter V10 engine shared with the Audi R8 V10 dispatches 580 restless horses to the rear axle. Combined with the Huracán LP 580-2’s
1,389 kg dry weight (33 kg less than the all-wheel-drive version), performance is superlative. To aid traction, the Huracán’s weight is distributed 40% front/ 60% rear, decreasing inertia on the front axle. In the process of adapting rear-wheel drive, an entirely new power management setup was utilized, which included suspension modifications, a new steering
setup, and recalibrated stability and traction controls to connect the driver as directly as possible with the road. Any of three driving modes – Strada, Sport and Corsa (Road, Sport and Race, respectively) can be selected to induce or attenuate the Huracán’s oversteering characteristics to unbox its pure, rear-wheel drive behavior.

Stephan Winkelmann, Automobili Lamborghini’s dapper President and CEO says, “The Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 continues the Lamborghini tradition of pure, visionary and technology-driven models. The rear-wheel drive model fits perfectly into our Huracán family, appealing to those wanting an even more intense driving experience, or who currently drive other rear-wheel drive marques and aspire to drive a Lamborghini.

This is the purest expression of a Lamborghini to date, with class-leading technological refinements. It is a serious car for serious drivers: it is maximum driving fun.”

The unadulterated rear-wheel drive
Huracán LP 580-2 completes the existing Huracán family, along with the all-wheeldrive Huracán LP 610-4 and the roofless Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder.