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Lamborghini Doesn't Think The World Can Handle A Rear-Wheel Drive Aventador

To be fair, it is a lot of power for just two wheels.

The Lamborghini Huracan and Aventador both started life as all-wheel-drive supercars. However, the former recently got its own rear-wheel-drive variant, delighting purists and those who like to slip and slide around the track. The Aventador hasn't got a RWD version and never will. Why? Apparently the big bull is just too damn powerful, this according to Lamborghini’s research and development director Maurizio Reggiani. He spoke to Autocar about the Aventador and why it’ll never send power to two wheels.

“The Aventador can only be four-wheel drive because we have so much power and torque to manage; only with four driven wheels are you able to manage this,” he said. Now the Aventador is certainly powerful with its potent 6.5-liter V12 producing 691 horsepower and 507 lb-ft of torque. That’s a lot, but there are a few other supercars that are more powerful and still rear-wheel drive, such as those from Koenigsegg. However, Reggiani also made mention of the “state of the art of the control systems” that currently sit in the Aventador. To us this is a corporate way of saying “this system cost a lot to develop so we aren’t going to jettison it for a new model.” That's just our opinion but it seems possible, right?

So, why did the Huracan get a RWD variant? According to Reggiani the computers said such a move was safe. “With the Huracan from the beginning, when we were looking at computer simulations and so on, we decided that two-wheel drive was possible without any kind of problem.” Also, remember that the Huracan’s engine was detuned for rear-wheel drive, with power dropping from 610 horsepower with AWD to 580 horsepower without. People will buy anything Lamborghini makes, but would a less powerful Aventador that sends power to two wheels really be as popular as the souped-up SV models? We don’t think so. Some things are just better left alone.

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