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Lamborghini Huracan 580-2 Is The Lighter, RWD Lambo We Always Wanted

We were at the exclusive pre-show party to bring you these live shots.

It wasn’t all that long ago that we heard talk of Lamborghini prepping a new model that would debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. That time is now and that car, the Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2, is here. As its name suggests the new Lamborghini sends power solely to the two rear wheels. Said power comes from a mid-mounted 5.2-liter V10 producing 580 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. Yes, that’s less than the all-wheel drive Huracan, which checks in at 619 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of toque.

However, this is more of addition by subtraction. For starters, 75 percent of the total torque is available at 1,000 rpm. The new LP 580-2 is also lighter than the LP 610-4. It’s 72 pounds lighter than its AWD counterpart and has a total weight of just 3,062 pounds. Speaking of weight, it’s split 40/60 front and rear. Top speed is 199 mph and 0 to 62 mph (or 0 to 100 km) happens in 3.2 seconds. Both of those figures are down from the all-wheel drive Huracan, which tops out at 202 mph and does 0 to 62 mph in just 3.0 seconds. Keeping all this power in check is a set of steel brakes with aluminum brake calipers specifically designed to be lightweight and cool quicker. The new baby Lambo sits on 19-inch Kari rims wrapped in Pirelli PZero tires.

Just because it lacks all-wheel drive doesn’t mean the LP 580-2 will be any less fun to drive. Lamborghini says the Strada, Sport and Corsa driving modes are tuned to provide oversteering characteristics. Those who want to drift will need to take advantage of Sport as it enhances oversteer. The suspension has also been modified, there’s a new steering setup and the stability and traction controls have been recalibrated. In terms of styling the new Huracan is noticeably different than the AWD version. There are beastly front air intakes designed to increase downforce on the front axle. The front and rear bumpers are also new.

Lamborghini says no movable rear spoiler is needed because the rear spoiler lip, combined with a rising diffuser underneath the car, is enough to improve airflow around the rear. We were lucky enough to be invited to the exclusive pre-LA Show reveal in Los Angeles by Lamborghini, so enjoy these live shots taken at the event and let us know what you think of the new Huracan LP 580-2. Just in case you’re thinking of scooping one up know that pricing will come in at around $200,000. Photos by Alden Tatum

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