Unlike the previous Gallardo LP550-2, which was a late decision in the model’s lifecycle, the new two-wheel drive Huracan was conceived on day one of the car’s production plans.
“Since the beginning, we started development for all the major parts of the car, almost the same time as the Huracan LP610-4, so we were able to give the car a lot more attention than was the case with the rear-wheel drive Gallardo”, said Riccardo Bettini, Head of R&D Technical Project Leaders for Lamborghini.
“From the start of Huracan development, we knew we would develop both four-wheel-drive and two-wheel-drive versions, and that the LP580-2 would be a different kind of car – more for the enthusiast who has a history with rear-wheel drive sports cars," Bettini added.
Asked if the rear-wheel drive Huracan was Lamborghini’s ‘drift car’, Bettini responded by outlining key differences in drivability between it and the all-wheel-drive version.
“Whereas the four-wheel drive Huracan is about outright performance, and has a very high limit, with the two-wheel drive car, you can reach the limit earlier and have more fun behind the wheel.
“Along with the two-wheel drive architecture, we’ve also changed the weight distribution in the car. There’s more weight at the rear now, which means we have more load on the tyres, we can get the power down without any real fuss," Bettini said.
The LP580-2 also gets a unique calibration with its setup, too. It’s tuned for a more natural, more predictable feel from behind the wheel. There’s good feedback through the steering wheel, so you feel exactly what the front wheels are doing - all the time.
That’s partly down to the electric power steering system, which is a completely new calibration compared to the LP610-4 unit. Whereas the all-wheel drive car steers relatively light, the LP580-2 went in the opposite direction, reducing the level of assistance for greater feel.
The suspension is also stiffer up front and softer in the back, along with a softer tyre compound on the new Huracan.
Other changes include dedicated stability and traction control system and new ANIMA driving modes (Strada, Sport, Corsa) specific to the rear-wheel drive car.
The LP580-2 also gets unique springs and anti-roll bars and enhanced rear kinematics for 'the pure driving experience'.
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