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Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2

by Barry Green,reviewed July 2016


Lamborghini's sensational Huracan LP610-4 certainly left an indelible impression when we road tested it late last year.

‘In Strada (street) mode, the Huracan is eminently accommodating and unfussed; easy to drive even,’ we reported. ‘But (in the proper environment), switch to the Sport or more extreme Corsa (race) settings and instantly the steering weightens; valves open on the fat, quad exhaust pipes to allow the Huracan to shout about it; shock absorbers stiffen; and suspension travel shortens.

‘Put your right foot down and the response is explosive and unrelenting, the Huracan soaring towards the horizon as the 5.2-litre V10 goes in search of its stratospheric redline. The handling is consummate and a new, seven-speed dual clutch transmission addresses one of the few discrepancies of other Lamborghinis.’

Some critics, however, argued that the all-wheel-drive LP610-4 was a little too competent and clinical; being more in the mould of its kindred cousin, the Audi R8 V10 +, than a supercar carrying the name of a famous fighting bull.

Enter, the LP580-2, as in 580 horsepower (hp) and two-wheel-drive. With 23kW less power (426kW) and 20Nm fewer torque (540Nm), the newcomer is 0.2 seconds slower from 0-100km/h (3.4 seconds pay 3.2).

But with the back wheels only putting the power to the ground (leaving the fronts to do what they do best – simply steer), a 40:60 balance biased to the rear, and 33kg less weight, Lamborghini has aimed the LP580-2 at the purist.

In the words of Andrea Baldi, Lamborghini Head of Asia Pacific Region, while the LP610-4 is about performance, the LP 580-2 is all about fun to drive. Without the benefit of driving both cars back-to-back, those aforementioned slight power and torque reductions aren’t immediately evident, let alone missed.

What became readily identifiable out on the long, fast-flowing corners on the Phillip Island grand prix circuit, though, was the LP580-2’s lightness, litheness and alertness.

Without the restraint of the LP610-4’s quantum of grip, a degree of oversteer can be dialled in by enabling Sport mode, the delivery arriving in a playful flow, rather than a rush.

Performance car/driver engagement doesn’t come much more complete. And we haven’t got to the best part yet. At $378,000, the LP580-2 undercuts the LP610-4 by $50,000. What’s not to like? 

For

$50,000 cheaper than its AWD sibling, purer drive.

Against

Ceramic brakes not standard, not much else.

Car Details

Vehicle make Lamborghini
Vehicle model Huracan LP580-2
Year 2016
Current price range $378000 - $
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Engine 5.2-litre normally-aspirated V10.
Max power 426kW
Max torque 540Nm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 3.4 seconds.
Driving wheels Rear
Fuel type 98 RON PULP
CO2 Emissions N/A

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.