Lamborghini unveils RWD Huracan LP 580-2 at 2015 LA Auto Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on November 19, 2015

Automobili Lamborghini has unveiled the two-wheel drive version of its Huracán coupe, the Huracán LP 580-2 at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. At first glance, it is very easy to tell how the Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 is different from its four wheel-drive sibling.

Lamborghini was able to save weight by employing a hybrid aluminum and carbon fiber chassis. The vehicle's weight distribution is biased 40 percent at the front and 60 percent at the rear, which means lesser inertia on the front axle.

Likewise, Lamborghini used a new setup for springs and anti-roll bars on double wishbone suspension, thereby improving the Huracán LP 580-2's torsional stiffness by 50-percent, compared to the Gallardo LP 550-2. For remarkable control and agility, the Huracán LP 580-2 is fitted with electronic power steering and could be specified with the more reliable Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS).

Moreover, thanks to new rear kinematics, the vehicle's 'centered' feeling has been enhanced. On the other hand, the vehicle features the Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale (LPI) sensor system, which is located in the center of gravity of the car. LPI traces all 3D movements and provides real time information to the available Magneto Rheological Suspension (MRS), steering and stability control systems.

Likewise, the carmaker regulated the ESC to adapt to all adherence conditions while emphasizing the rear-wheel drive behavior in each driving mode. Lamborghini did not just turn the four-wheel-drive Huracán into another two-wheel-drive version, it also reengineered the Huracán LP 580-2 to allow drivers to have more fun while on the road.

This feeling can be attributed to the fact that the Huracán LP 580-2 could be driven in three different modes; a driver just needs to press the ANIMA (Adaptive Network Intelligent Management) button on the steering wheel. For those who want a slight understeering feedback and a traction-oriented driving manner, they could select the STRADA mode, which is applicable for everyday driving.

For those who want to experience sporty driving with light oversteering behavior, they could select the SPORT mode. On the other hand, those who prefer maximum performance in track mode with a neutral steering behavior could opt for CORSA.

Customers could avail of the LP 580-2 with a full range of Huracán external and internal colors and trims to select from. They could also opt to enjoy Lamborghini's personalization program Ad Personam, which allows them to choose any external and internal colors of their liking.

Offered with the latest Lamborghini Infotainment System II and a 12.3-inch high-resolution TFT instrument panel, the Huracán LP 580-2 could be purchased from the Lamborghini dealerships in Europe at a suggested retail price of EUR150,000, excluding tax.

The two-wheel-drive Huracán LP 580-2 is the latest of Lamborghini's Lamborghini rear-wheel drive models, which include the Gallardo LP 550-2 and the rear-wheel-drive versions of the Lamborghini Miura, Countach and Diablo. Lamborghini also has a rear-wheel-drive racer in the persona of iHuracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo, which is currently competing in this year's three Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series in Europe, Asia and USA.

Exterior Design

No one could take their eyes off its redesigned front and rear that give it a fresh and more assertive look.

While each design detail of the new Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 looks very enticing, they all have their specific functions. For instance, the vehicle’s large front air intakes direct the cooling air and headwind to boost down-pressure on its front axle.

Likewise, the spoiler lip on the rear and the rising diffuser on the underbody help improve airflow around the rear of the Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2. All these details are the product of a close collaboration between the carmaker’s aerodynamic experts and Centro Stile designers.

Accentuating the exterior of the new Huracán LP 580-2 are 19-inch Kari wheels wrapped in Pirelli PZero tires that have been developed exclusively for the vehicle.

This Huracán also features steel brakes with aluminum brake disc calipers contoured for lesser weight and improved cooling.

Powertrain

Powering the vehicle is Huracán's V10 5.2 naturally aspirated mid-mounted engine reengineered to develop up to 426 kW (580 hp) of output and 540 Nm of torque, with around 75 percent readily available at just 1,000 rpm.

This powerplant is helped by cylinder deactivation for improved engine efficiency. Thus, when the Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2's performance does not require full engine capacity, this feature switches off one cylinder bank to temporarily deactivate five of the engine's ten cylinders.

But if the vehicle needs full power in certain conditions such as in acceleration, the system switches back instantaneously to ten-cylinder mode. Put into numbers, cylinder deactivation cuts the vehicle's fuel consumption to 11.9 l/100 km (combined circle) and its carbon dioxide emissions to 278 g/km.

This engine is mated to a unique transmission. The Huracan uses the Lamborghini Doppia Frizione (LDF) seven-speed dual clutch architecture, which features the quickest and smoothest gear changes.

LDF also features a 'launch control' that allows superb acceleration from zero. Weighing 33kg lighter than the Huracán LP 610-4 coupe, the Huracán LP 580-2 features a dry weight of 1,389 kg dry, bringing the weight-to-power ratio to just 2.4 kg/hp.

The new Huracan LP 580-2 hits 62 mph (100 km/h) 0-62 in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 199 mph (320 km/h). As a result, the rwd Huracan is 0.2 seconds and 3 mph (4.8 km/h) slower than the LP 610-4.

Press Release

The rear-wheel drive Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2: the essence of driving fun

Sant'Agata Bolognese/LA, 17 November 2015 – Automobili Lamborghini presents the Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2: a two-wheel drive version of the Huracán coupe. Specifically designed and engineered for its rear-wheel drive set-up, the Huracán LP 580-2's combines dynamic new looks with a package for an enhanced Lamborghini driving emotion.

"The Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 continues the Lamborghini tradition of pure, visionary and technology-driven models," says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. "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 driving 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 Huracán LP 580-2 has been engineered and tuned for an essential driving experience. With its naturally aspirated V10 5.2 l engine sending 426 kW / 580 hp to the rear axle, the Huracán LP 580-2's dry weight is just 1,389 kg, thus 33 kg lighter than the four-wheel-drive version.

Weight distribution is biased 40% at the front / 60% at the rear, reducing inertia on the front axle. An entirely new power management set-up, encompassing stiffer suspension, new steering set-up for more precise turning, and recalibrated stability and traction controls, connects the driver as directly as possible with the road. The selectable Lamborghini driving modes STRADA, SPORT and CORSA are tuned to provide oversteering characteristics, emphasizing authentic rear-wheel drive behavior.

The engaging, sporty fun of the two-wheel drive Huracán LP 580-2 perfectly complements the existing Huracán offering with the all-encompassing technology and experience of the four wheel-drive Huracán LP 610-4 and the lifestyle appeal of the Huracán LP 610-4 Spyder.

Design

The Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 is clearly different from its four wheel-drive stable mate. The front and rear of the Huracán LP 580-2 have been redesigned, accenting a young, fresh and more assertive look and highlighting the aeronautic styling.

Each design detail of the Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 celebrates the aesthetic of function; the result of a close collaboration between the Centro Stile designers and Lamborghini's aerodynamic experts. The large, newly formed front air intakes specifically direct the cooling air and headwind to increase down pressure on the front axle. The spoiler lip at the rear works together with the rising diffuser in the underbody to improve airflow around the rear of the car – the Huracán does not require a movable rear spoiler.

The Huracán LP 580-2 sits on new, different-sized (front/rear) 19" Kari rims, enhancing the car's dynamic expression. Pirelli PZero tyres have been exclusively developed for the rear-wheel drive car. Steel brakes with aluminum brake disc calipers have been specially contoured for weight reduction and improved cooling.

Re-engineered for rear-wheel drive performance

The Huracán's V10 5.2 liter naturally aspirated, mid-mounted engine has been re-engineered to provide a maximum 426 kW (580 hp) power output and 540 Nm of torque, with 75% of torque already available at 1,000 rpm.

As in the other Huracán models, the LP 580-2 features cylinder deactivation to improve engine efficiency. When full engine capacity is not required, five of the ten cylinders are temporarily deactivated by switching off one cylinder bank. When the driver accelerates, the system switches back instantaneously to ten-cylinder mode, while being virtually impossible to detect by the driver. This feature reduces fuel consumption to 11.9 l/100 km (combined circle) and CO2 to 278 g/km.

Weighing 1,389 kg dry, with a weight reduction of 33 kg over the Huracán LP 610-4 coupe, the Huracán LP 580-2 achieves a weight to power ratio of just 2.4 kg/hp. The LP 580-2 uses the Huracán's hybrid aluminum and carbon fiber chassis, contributing to the lower weight.

With a new setup for springs and anti-roll bars on double wishbone suspension, torsional stiffness of the Huracán LP 580-2 is improved by 50% compared to the Gallardo LP 550-2.

The Lamborghini Doppia Frizione (LDF) seven-speed dual clutch architecture ensures the fastest gear changes and includes 'launch control' for maximum acceleration from a standing start. The electronic power steering and optional Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) have been tuned to improve the car's agility and controllability in every driving condition, depending on driving mode and speed. New rear kinematics heighten the car's 'centered' feeling.

The Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale (LPI) – the Huracán's sensor system placed in the center of gravity of the car, tracing all 3D movements – has also been implemented in the rear-wheel drive version. It provides real time information to the optional Magneto Rheological Suspension (MRS), steering and stability control systems: the ESC has been regulated to adapt to all adherence conditions yet emphasize the rear-wheel drive behavior in each driving mode.

Driving emotion – maximum enjoyment

Every aspect of the Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 has been engineered for driving fun, allowing drivers to interpret the feedback from the car and connect with the road or track.

The ANIMA (Adaptive Network Intelligent Management: 'soul' in Italian) button on the steering wheel allows the driver to adopt different driving modes, recalibrated to suit the spirit of the rear-wheel drive model. STRADA, for daily use, provides a slight understeering feedback and is traction-oriented; SPORT, is for sporty and emotional driving fun with slight oversteering behavior; and CORSA, ensures maximum performance in track mode, providing a neutral steering behavior.

Specifications, heritage and pricing

The LP 580-2 is available in the full range of Huracán external and internal colors and trims. In addition, through Lamborghini's personalization program Ad Personam, the options for external and internal colors are limitless.

The Huracán LP 580-2 is fitted with the latest Lamborghini Infotainment System II, with a 12.3" high resolution TFT instrument panel.

Previous Lamborghini rear-wheel drive models include the predecessor Gallardo LP 550-2. The Lamborghini Miura, Countach and Diablo in rear-wheel drive variants were perfect examples of the fun-to-drive concept. The rear-wheel drive Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo launched in 2014, races at tracks worldwide in this year's three Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series in Europe, Asia and USA.

The Huracán LP 580-2 is available at the Lamborghini dealerships at a suggested retail price of 150.000 Euros + tax (Europe).

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