Lamborghini has a knack for doing things differently. While other supercar manufacturers concentrate on making their cars easier to drive and and more precise to handle, the Bologna-based Italian car maker goes about tinkering its cars in a mental and quite the unconventional way. So when we say Lamborghini does things differently, what we actually mean is that it makes its cars madder, louder, flashier and scary fast as it possibly can!
The latest bull to come from the Lamborghini stable is called the Huracan LP580-2. Yes, it's a different variant of the same old Huracan LP610-4, but it comes with some revised numeric values and pack a heck of a lot of drama! Unlike the four-wheel drive or standard Huracan LP610-4, the LP580-2 is a rear-wheel drive version of the Huracan. That means power reserves are only served to the rear wheels in the new car. What's it purpose you ask? Well, according to Lamborghini this new iteration of the Huracan is aimed at customers who " want an even more intense driving experience, or who currently drive other rear-wheel- drive marques and aspire to driving a Lamborghini". Get the drift?
The regular Lamborghini Huracan is already a pretty hardcore car to drive. But then, most of the owners/cynics have complained that it is just too civil or sedate to drive. They say the Huracan doesn't have that 'typical' Lamborghini madness. As a consequence of this criticism, Lamborghini bosses have decided to shut these people's mouth; the four-wheel drive system of the regular model has been ditched in the LP580-2, making it more tail-happy and a bit of a handful to drive.
The Huracan LP580-2 comes powered by the same mid-mounted naturally aspirated V10 powerplant as the standard car. But because the power is now only sent to the rear wheels, the engine has been detuned so as to prevent unsuspecting drivers from spinning out and crashing this more intense baby-Lambo. The V10 engine develops 580PS of maximum power output and 540Nm of peak torque in the LP580-2. The standard Huracan in comparison develops 610PS and 560Nm, but don't forget it also comes with a more secure and less dramatic four-wheel drive system.
A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission continues to do the power transmission duties in the LP580-2. Since there's no four-wheel drive system now, the LP580-2 is also lighter by up to 33 kilograms in comparison to the standard LP610-4.
The difference in firepower is clearly evident once you compare both the cars' performance figures. The LP580-2 will hit 0-100kmph in 3.4 seconds and continue on to its top speed of 320kmph. The LP610-4, however, does the same run in 3.2 seconds and has a higher top whack of 325kmph. But again, the whole point of developing the LP580-2 is to make it more mental and more engaging to drive. So prospective owners, or critics for that matter, should not be complaining about its performance.
To help distinguish the LP580-2 from the regular car, Lamborghini designers have carried out some subtle design revisions in the new model. Up front, it comes with larger air intakes and a redesigned front bumper, while it also gets 19-inch Kari alloy wheels and a new rear bumper design. Even on the inside, things are more or less the same as they are in the standard model. However, you do get Lamborghini personalisation programme Ad Personam now, which is the latest Lamborghini infotainment system having a 12.3-inch high resolution TFT instrument panel.
So, visually there aren't many changes, but a lot has been done under the skin of the LP580-2. Lamborghini has re-engineered the steering system, suspension setup, traction control systems and the power management model for the LP580-2. The weight distribution is said to have a 40:60 front to rear bias in order to reduce the axle inertia. Braking system has been enhanced with steel brakes fitted with aluminium calipers. In addition to that, the new suspension setup gets uprated springs and anti-roll bars on double wishbone suspension that enhances the torsional stiffness of the Huracán LP580-2 by 50% as compared to the regular model.
Now coming to the main aspect of the Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2, its price. Lamborghini recently launched the Huracan LP580-2 in the Indian market. And it's priced at a whopping Rs 2.99 crore (ex-sh, Delhi). There's however one thing worth reminding- the LP580-2 is cheaper than the LP610-4 in our market. So, to sum it up, the LP580-2 is more mental, more engaging, more scary, more flamboyant and more affordable than its relatively sedate counterpart. A true Lamborghini in every sense then? You bet!