UPDATE: Lamborghini Australia has now confirmed local pricing for the LP580-2. See detailed update at bottom of article.

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The rear-wheel drive Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 coupe has been unveiled just ahead of the 2015 Los Angeles auto show.

Mounted mid-ships behind the passenger cell is the company's naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 petrol engine. For the LP580-2, Lamborghini has tuned the engine to deliver 426kW of power and 540Nm of torque to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission transmission.

According to Lamborghini, 405Nm of the engine's torque is available from 1000rpm. The LP580-2 cedes 23kW of power and 20Nm of torque to its four-wheel drive LP610-4 sibling, but weighs 33 kilograms less with dry weight of 1389kg.

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Compared to the LP610-4, the RWD coupe takes longer to complete the 0-100km/h and 0-200km/h standards, requiring 3.4 and 10.1 seconds, respectively, to the LP610-4's 3.2 and 9.9. Top speed is said to be 320km/h, or 5km/h less than the LP610-4.

Rather than focussing on producing the best performance figures it can, Lamborghini claims that the Huracan LP580-2 has been engineered for "maximum driving fun".

Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini's CEO, sas that the LP580-2 "fits perfectly into our Huracan family, appealing to those wanting an even more intense driving experience, or who currently drive other rear-wheel- drive marques and aspire to driving a Lamborghini".

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The LP580-2 is said to 40:60 front-to-rear weight distribution, which helps to reduce front axle inertia. The rear-wheel drive Huracan has been fitted with a new steering setup, modified suspension settings, reworked stability and traction control systems, and a new power management module.

The Huracan LP580-2 rides on 19-inch alloy wheels fitted to specially developed Pirelli P-Zero tyres, measuring 245/35 up front and 305/35 at the rear. Other visual changes include redesigned front and rear bumpers.

Stopping power comes courtesy of steel brakes with aluminium callipers, while magneto rheological suspension is an optional extra.

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Not that too many potential owners will care, but the LP580-2's engine is, like the recently unveiled 2016 Huracan LP610-4, able to shut down one bank of cylinders, reducing combined cycle fuel consumption to 11.9L/100km.

UPDATE: 

Lamborghini has confirmed that the Huracan LP580-2 will retail in Australia for $378,900 plus on-road costs, making it a huge $49,100 more affordable than the all-wheel-drive Huracan LP610-4.

Exact timing for the LP580-2's Australian debut is still to be confirmed, however.