What is it?
The Lamborghini Huracán LP580-2 is the bottom-rung version of Sant’Agata’s bottom-rung, mid-engined supercar. And given that supercar owners are typically about as keen to plump for a cheaper and less powerful model as they are for a nice, conservative pair of sunglasses, entirely unflamboyant shoes or a subtle eau de cologne, it’ll probably be a lot less popular than it deserves to be.
Essentially a Huracán LP610-4 that’s missing the forward parts of its driveline, the LP580-2 is rear-wheel drive – and theoretically the purer sporting machine of the two as a result. It develops very marginally less grunt than its four-wheel-drive sibling: 572bhp instead of 602bhp, as well as 15lb ft less torque. It also weighs 33kg less.
Unlike the rear-drive Gallardos that preceded it, the LP580-2 is available exclusively with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox - so the ‘added dynamic purity’ line that Lamborghini uses to define the car doesn’t extend far enough to provide a three-pedal version.
But elsewhere, Lamborghini has taken the opportunity to tweak the car’s suspension, steering and electronic governance systems in order to dial some much-needed balance, playfulness and tactility into the Huracán’s handling mix. The car’s adaptive dampers have been retuned, its spring and anti-roll bar rates softened a bit up front to allow greater weight transfer, and its electronic traction and stability controls overhauled to allow more throttle-adjustable handling in Sport mode.