The Huracán LP580-2 gets a slightly more modest version of the four-wheel-drive car’s 5.2-litre V10 engine, now producing 571bhp instead of 602bhp. However, the new model’s dry weight is just 1389kg, a 33kg saving over the LP 610-4, and it takes just 0.2sec longer to reach 62mph from rest, at 3.4sec. The top speed is 199mph.
There are visual differences between the LP580-2 and the LP610-4. The new car gets revised front and rear styling, with air intakes designed to increase downward pressure on the front axle, along with a fresh design of 19in ‘Kari’ wheels. Pirelli has developed bespoke P Zero tyres just for the rear-drive edition.
The V10 motor has a recalibrated ECU map to produce 384lb ft. Again, it's a slight reduction on the four-wheel-drive car’s figure but 75% of this torque is available at just 1000rpm.
The new car’s weight distribution is 40/60% front to rear, and Lamborghini says the selectable driving modes - Strada, Sport and Corsa - are “tuned to provide oversteering characteristics”, which could address widespread criticism of the four-wheel-drive car’s ultra-stable handling set-up.
Unlike the previous rear-drive Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2, which was offered with a six-speed manual gearbox, the LP580-2 will keep the Huracán's standard, seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It will become the cleanest model in Lamborghini’s line-up, too, with an official claimed average fuel economy of 23.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 278g/km (down from 290g/km on the Huracán LP610-4).
Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann said: “The rear-wheel-drive model fits perfectly into our Huracán family. It’s the purest expression of a Lamborghini to date, and a serious car for serious drivers.”