Here’s great news if that luscious Lamborghini Huracán you’ve longed for is just a tiny bit outside your budget: there’s a cheaper one coming.
The Huracán LP580-2 recently raced into town briefly for its debut at Lamborghini Brisbane in the Valley, during a national preview tour.
At $378,900 plus on-roads the LP580-2 still isn’t “cheap”, but it’s certainly more affordable than the awesome flagship of the Lambo range, the Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce roadster, which costs a cool $925,300.
And, frankly, the Huracán LP580-2 is cool enough. The hullabaloo since the LP580-2 was unveiled in Europe recently is not about its more affordable price, but its added driving appeal.
The LP580-2 is a case of less is more, a golden rule for sports cars. Crucially, it weighs 33 kilograms less than its more expensive sibling, the LP610-4.
Comparing the model names explains the difference. The LP610-4 has 610 horsepower and four-wheel drive, the LP580 has 580 hp (426 kiloWatts) and two-wheel drive.
The weight saving in ditching the drive-shafts and differential needed to transmit power to the front wheels more than compensates for the 30 hp loss.
There are other changes, too. They include front-rear weight distribution set at 40:60, re-calibrated steering, traction and stability systems, new wheels and altered front and rear lower bodywork that optimises aerodynamic efficiency.
The result, the Italian maker says, is a coupe that is “the purest expression of a Lamborghini to date.
“It is a serious car for serious drivers: it is maximum driving fun.”
Reverting to rear-wheel drive the lighter Lambo promises greater agility in corners and better acceleration response from its 10-cylinder engine. To save fuel and CO2 exhaust emissions, half of those cylinders will shut down automatically when the car is being driven under a light throttle. Even supercar makers have an environmental conscience.
Let off the leash and with all its 10 cylinders bellowing like a raging bull of Sant’ Agata Bolognese, the Lamborghini LP580-2 will rocket from rest to 100 kmh in 3.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 320 kmh.
(They’re Lamborghini’s official figures, but I hope to test the car’s potential for myself when I drive it next month.)
Lamborghini Brisbane is taking orders now, with the first delivery expected in Q3.