AutoExpress drives the Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2


We recently heard that Lamborghini was going to be building a proper rear-wheel drive model of its new Huracan supercar and became very excited. The Huracan is an incredible machine, but if there was any one complaint of it, it’d be that it’s a bit too safe. It’s all-wheel drive system and clever electronics keep you in your driving lines and, if anything, it actually is tuned toward understeer. Understeer, in a Lamborghini? That just doesn’t fit.

So Lamborghini decided to create a version of its Huracan that us enthusiasts nutcases would like, the LP 580-2. What that is, is a rear-wheel drive Lamborghini Huracan with just a touch less power than the standard version. Yes, I said less power. The Huracan LP 610-4’s massive 602 hp was just a bit too much for only two driven wheels. So Lamborghini had to tone it down to 571 hp in the LP 580-2. But that doesn’t mean it’s slow. Auto Express clocked it at getting from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds.

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Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2

Aside from the slightly lower power output, the LP 580-2 gets some subtle exterior tweaks, such as a revised front and rear end and new 19″ “Kari” wheels. There’s also new front aerodynamics to keep the front end harder planted to insure that there’s as much grip as possible now that those front wheels are no longer driven. Those new 19″ wheels are wrapped in bespoke Pirelli P Zero tires and the front suspension is stiffer.

According to Auto Express, all of these newfound changes have taken the Huracan and made it into the car that it should have been all along. It no longer feels too safe and, more importantly, it no longer understeers. Instead, the Huracan has become a balanced machine whose nose darts in on corner entry and can be throttle adjusted on corner exit. It turns what was a rather safe-feeling supercar into a proper driver’s car. The steering is also considerably better, now that it’s been uncorrupted by all-wheel drive. There’s more life in the steering wheel and the front-end is noticeably sharper.

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Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2

Though, don’t think that the Huracan has become some sort of oversteery monster, because it hasn’t. It will oversteer if you ask it to, but its balance and neutral handling allow it to easily be controlled. Plus, depending on which driving mode you’re in, the electronics should be there to bail you out of trouble. In Strada mode (Italian for street), all of the electronic nannies are on and will keep the big bull from sliding about. In Sport mode, the Huracan’s software will allow quite a bit of fun, but won’t let you kill yourself. Instead, it will come in at the last second and bail you out. However, in Corsa mode (Italian for Race), all of the systems are turned off and you’re left with only your wits and a quick hand to save yourself. However, don’t fear as the rear-drive Lambo is still quite easy to drive quickly.

Despite being down on power and just a touch slower than the all-wheel drive model, the LP 580-2 is the Huracan to get. It’s the more fun of the two and it’s the more driver’s oriented. The whole point of buying a Lamborghini is for the drama and excitement of it and to get the proper drama and excitement out of the Huracan, you need to ditch the two front driven wheels.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.