2015 L.A. Auto Show: Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceNewest Huracan
Last year Lamborghini introduced the all-new Huracan LP 610-4. The Huracan had some rather big shoes to fill — it replaced the Gallardo, which was the best-selling Lamborghini of all time. Since that introduction, the Huracan Spyder debuted at the Frankfurt Motor show in September, and here in Los Angeles Lamborghini took the wraps off the latest Huracan — the LP 580-2.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceBullish
The Huracan is a 2-seat sports car with the engine located behind the driver. In keeping with its predecessors, the name Huracan comes from the world of bullfighting. Huracan was a bull of the Spanish Conte de la Patilla breed, and he fought in August 1879 in Alicante, Spain — in case you needed to know.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceRear-Wheel Drive
For those unfamiliar with Lamborghini’s naming conventions, the “-2” indicates that this latest Huracan is 2-wheel drive. While the car retains the same basic design as the original all-wheel-drive version, this latest Huracan has been engineered specifically for its rear-drive setup. “The rear-wheel-drive model 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,” says Stephan Winkelmann, president and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceBig Power
The Huracan’s normally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine puts out 580 horsepower and almost 400 lb-ft of torque, with 300 lb-ft available at a very low 1000 rpm. Although these performance numbers are lower than those of the all-wheel drive LP 610-4, the rear-drive Huracan drops 73 pounds so performance is not hindered in the slightest. In fact, the LP 580-2 can reach 62 mph in 3.4 seconds — a mere .2 seconds behind the LP 610-4.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceElectronics
The Lamborghini Doppia Frizione 7-speed dual clutch gearbox provides very quick gear changes, and includes launch control for maximum acceleration from a standing start. The electronic power steering has been tuned to improve agility and controllability in a variety of driving conditions. The Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale sensor system provides real-time information to the optional Magneto Rheological Suspension, steering and stability control systems. The stability control has been designed to adapt to all conditions while not taking away any optimized characteristics inherent to the rear-drive setup.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceA More Traditional Lamborghini?
We had a chance to drive the LP 610-4, and with its ability to make instant adjustments to the AWD system, power steering and stability control, the Huracan can make even a mediocre driver feel like a pro. Some Lamborghini enthusiasts saw that Huracan as being too soft and easy to drive. With 580 horses directed to the rear wheels, the LP580-2 is likely to be closer to what traditionalists expect from a Lambo.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceANIMA
The ANIMA (Adaptive Network Intelligent Management) button on the steering wheel allows the driver to select different driving modes. STRADA is for daily use, providing slight understeer while delivering the highest traction. SPORT is for sporty, enthusiastic driving fun with slight oversteering behavior. CORSA is for maximum performance, designed for use on the track.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFresh Styling
The changes to the Huracan aren’t exclusively under the skin — the LP 580-2 gets fresh styling, differentiating it from its all-wheel-drive sibling as well as providing aero improvements. The large front intakes specifically direct air to increase downforce on the front axle. The spoiler lip at the rear works in concert with the rising diffuser in the underbody to improve airflow around the rear of the car. Like the LP 610-4, the Huracan does not require a movable rear spoiler.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceCustom Wheels
New 19-inch Kari rims wrapped with Pirelli P Zero tires were developed exclusively for this rear-wheel-drive beast. Steel brakes with aluminum disc calipers are specially contoured for weight reduction and improved cooling.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceBargain?
The Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 is priced at $201,100 (including gas-guzzler tax). This puts the LP 580-2 about $50,000 less than the LP 610-4, making the new model the lowest-priced Lamborghini on the market.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2
Lamborghini Automobili president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann shows off the newest member of the Huracan family.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceLamborghini Huracan LP 580-2

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceLamborghini Huracan LP 580-2

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceLamborghini Huracan LP 580-2

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceLamborghini Huracan LP 580-2

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceLamborghini Huracan LP 580-2

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceLamborghini Huracan LP 580-2

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceLamborghini Huracan LP 580-2

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceLamborghini Huracan LP 580-2

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceLamborghini Huracan LP 580-2

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceLamborghini Huracan LP 580-2

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