Traditionally, Lamborghini was known to offer superfast cars on rear-wheel drive. However, in the recent past, the automaker has adopted four-wheel in its new cars. This left 2-wheel drive enthusiasts on the cold. However, 2-wheel fanatics now have a reason to smile as the automaker recently showcased the most affordable yet very capable version of the Huracan supercar which will be offered in a 2-wheel drive setup. The new model is christened the “ 2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 ”.
Read along to find out what Lamborghini is offering with the new Huracan:
2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 Exterior
Visually, the LP580-2 has borrowed much of its styling from the 4-wheel LP610-4. In fact, the difference between the two vehicles is only noticeable when they are standing side-by-side. The front fascia of the new model has been uniquely redesigned and it presents the most recognizable differences between the two models. The front features a 3-part grille design as opposed to the LP610-4 2-part honeycomb grille. The front also features a modified bumper with huge air intakes. The side vents on the new model feature flat canards that help channel more cooling air to the engine. These also help enhance down-force on the vehicle’s front axle.
At the back, the vehicle features a modified diffuser. The rear also features a three-part grille slightly below the rear spoiler and redesigned taillights. The supercar rides on a set of 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli PZero tires.
Dimension-wise, the Huracan is 175.55 inches long, 75.74 inches wide, 45.86 inches tall and has a 103.14-inch long wheelbase. The use of a 2-wheel drive setup has helped reduce around 72.6 pounds from the vehicle’s curb weight compared to the LP610-4. The vehicle weighs 3062 lbs. Lamborghini has also managed to achieve a 2:3 weight distribution for the vehicle.
The automaker also revealed that the vehicle uses a unique structure for anti-roll bars and coils based on a dual wishbone suspension which helps improve its torsional rigidity.
2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 Interior
Compared to its sister the LP610-4, the LP580-2 interior is largely unchanged. However, Lamborghini has tweaked the cabin to rival the likes of McLaren 570S and Ferrari 488GTB. The vehicle’s cabin looks luxurious and very attractive. It features two sports seats wrapped in leather with an attractive contrast stitching. The seats are adequately bolstered to provide the required support when you decide to go all out flying down the roads. Its surfaces are also covered in Alcantara. It also features a redesigned instrument cluster which is hooked up with an aviation-like theme. The most attractive feature is a 12.3-inch display which is used to control most of the vehicle’s functions.
If you have been in a fighter jet’s cockpit, then you will instantaneously notice the similarities with the Huracan LP580-2 cabin. The cabin also features a red-levered select button which acts as the start button. This button design is adopted from the fighter jet’s ‘weapon select button”.
For more features, buyers can opt for the customization program dubbed the “Ad Personam individual personalization plan”. Before I forget, there is an option for three extra driving modes which are Corsa, Strada and Sport which help improve the vehicle’s steering and help improve its driving experience.
Engine Specs and Performance
If you are uninitiated in this Lamborghini’s supercars, you might be wondering why the funny suffix in the model’s nametag. Well, to clear the air for you, the numbers indicate the amount of power the model’s engine produces and the type of drive the engine is connected to.
The supercar 2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 is motivated by a 5.2 L, V-10 engine which produces 580 hp @ 8000 rpm and 398 lb-ft of torque @ 6,500 rpm. This is the same engine on the LP 610-4. The engine is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission that channels power to the rear wheels hence the “2” on the name.
The engine powers the Huracan to run from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds towards achieving a top speed of 199 mph. The 4-wheel drive LP610-4 beats the LP580-2 slightly by 0.2 seconds on the 0-60 mph run and has a higher top speed at 202 mph.
The engine is further equipped with cylinder deactivation which helps improve its fuel economy. This feature sees up to five of its ten cylinders temporarily deactivated when it is not necessary to use the full engine capacity. Due to this, the Huracan returns an impressive 19.8 mpg on the highway, 13.7 mpg in city and 18.9 mpg on combined drives.
Price and release date
Only some select few moneyed guys get to buy these types of cars. Their humongous price tags usually keep many would-be buyers away. However, Lamborghini wants many enthusiasts to experience the joy of driving this machine.
As such, the automaker is offering the LP580-2 at an affordable price of just under $ 200,000 before destination charges in the U.S. This is around $ 39,000 cheaper than the all-wheel-drive LP610-4. The automaker will avail the supercar in U.S. showrooms this spring.
The affordable pricing is set to endear many supercar enthusiasts to this vehicle as opposed to its rivals which will include the Bentley Continental GT, Porsche 911 GT3, McLaren 570S and Audi R8 V10.