Out of all of the amazing and memorable cars I’ve tested, few have a permanent spot in my fantasy garage and fewer still are at the top of my shopping list (the moment the budget arrives). One of those cars is the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-2 and that car stays with me for its design (I’m a big fan of modern Lamborghini and the work of the Gallardo’s designer, Luc Donckerwolke) and more for its back-to-basics, exotic driving experience. The -2 in that model designation means that it’s rear wheel drive and my tester was equipped with a gated, six-speed manual, and it was the perfect combination of design, driver engagement, and sound.

Thankfully Lamborghini’s now given supercar buyers the option for a rear drive Huracan, the LP 580-2, and this car promises to have all – looks, performance, and astonishing exotic car sounds.

For starters, ditching the driveshaft and front axle bits drops 33 kilos from its curb weight and gives this Huracan weight distribution of 40% front, 60% rear, slightly more rear-biased than the 610-4. The change in weight distribution also means that all calibrations have been revised – suspension, stability, traction, ABS, everything.

 

The rear-drive Huracan retains the wicked, seven-speed dual clutch transmission and this is one gearbox that you can’t write off just because it’s automated. It’s mega fast and actually enhances the supercar driving experience. I love ripping up and down the gears in the Huracan. There’s nothing else quite like it.

The 580 part of the model’s designation means its lost thirty horsepower to the LP 610-4, perhaps to balance overall performance between all wheel and rear drive Huracans, but with those 33 kilos gone and chassis balance that promises to be a heck of a lot of fun, you’re not likely to miss those thirty horses.

You’ll notice in the images that styling has been revised, both front and rear, and that’s mostly for functionality, as downforce has been increased at both axles. The 580-2 also gets a unique wheel design and includes cast iron brakes, rather than the 610-4’s standard carbon ceramics.

North American pricing hasn’t been announced, but expect the 580-2 to start at thousands of dollars less than it’s all-wheel drive brother.

This is one Lamborghini I’m really looking to throw around, but in the meantime, enjoy our most recent Huracan video review.

Images courtesy of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

Published on Nov 17, 2015