Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2

Loses the front driveshafts; the only tears shed are of joy

GLENN BUTLER

FIRSTDRIVES

FIRST OVERSEAS DRIVE

THERE are four things you need to know about the Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2.

First, itís 33kg lighter than reacquire the adhesive you could just get the first place and furious use of now possesses the Huracan LP610-4 because it has no differentials or driveshafts channelling power to the front wheels.

Second, its 5.2-litre V10 is 23kW and 10Nm less potent, mainly to create a model range hierarchy, yet gives the rear-driver an almost identical powerto- weight ratio to its AWD sibling.

Third, itíll be $50K cheaper than the Huracan LP610-4 when it arrives in Australia in April.

And fourth, itís built to oversteer.

Yes, power oversteer was one of a Huracan that now possesses the cornering neutrality to make Switzerland seem belligerant.

Even though itís 23kW down on power, it doesnít feel any less explosive out of corners. Sure, itís probably slower around a racetrack, and is definitely slower to 100km/h (3.4sec v 3.2). Look at it this way Ė now you get more time every lap to revel in the Huracanís heightened senses. And to rev that barkingly brutal V10 out beyond 8000rpmÖ Removing accelerative short of brilliant. adjustability that trailbraking to the possible, but exploitable for setting up a As for the chest- braking power stoppers front All the cars available at the Losail track unrelenting carbon- brakes, which on Australian- (arriving from Lamborghiniís five main aims when developing this Ďentry-levelí Huracan.

The other four are also admirable, but harder to remember when youíre oppy-locking 426kW of mid-mounted V10 through a corner.

So important was this rear-steer emphasis that Lamborghini worked with Pirelli to dumb down the Huracanís P-Zeros (19s are standard, but all test cars wore optional 20s), making the compound harder and less grippy. Both of those are relative terms; weíre still talking about tyres fit for a supercar. And Lamborghini doesnít call it dumbing down; they call it enhancing the carís propensity brilliant. It has a level of that makes trailbraking apex not only exploitable and great a quick getaway. chest-crushing of those big steel and rearÖ No idea. available for testing track in Qatar wore carbon-ceramic will not be standard Australian-spec models April). Those coupe, and physics ignored. When 60 the carís weight sits the centre point (compared the all-wheel-drive 42/58 spread), this Ďprogressivenessí with the ESC reduced call. Shaking the rear in the corner during photo session often facing the way I came. hard from the apex, produced some very for oversteer and its progressiveness beyond the limit.

Despite this fixation on becoming a drifting demi-god, the Huracan LP580-2 is not a one-trick stallion.

It possesses more adjustability and tactility than the all-paw version. Go too hard into a corner and the front will scrub wide, just like the LP610-4 would. But thatís where similarities end, because the driver can turn understeer into oversteer with smooth and judicious use of the throttle.

Where the AWD version would respond by forcing the nose even wider, the rear-driver turns plow into wow when rear-end slip allows the physics cannot be percent of sits behind compared to drive Huracanís this new is best enjoyed reduced but still on rear loose early during a drifting often led to me came. Powering apex, however, very enjoyable, and sort things out if the driver canít. Corsa mode, which also sharpens gearchanges and makes the throttle hyper-sensitive, has an ESC tune designed to minimise lap times, which means keeping things as straight and tidy as possible, while maximising drive.

All of which it does very well, but is nowhere near as satisfying as Sportís ability to make you think youíre a driving god holding an insane fourth-gear drift through Losailís fast right-hander.

THERE are four things need to know about Lamborghini Huracan First, itís 33kg lighter the Huracan LP610-4 because has no differentials or driveshafts channelling power to the Second, its 5.2-litre V10 10Nm less potent, mainly model range hierarchy, rear-driver an almost identical powerto- weight ratio to its AWD Third, itíll be $50K cheaper Huracan LP610-4 when Australia in April.

And fourth, itís built to Yes, power oversteer fronts to reacquire the adhesive upper hand.

Of course, you could just get things right in the first place and make full and furious use of a Huracan that now possesses the cornering neutrality to make Switzerland seem belligerant.

Even though itís 23kW down on power, it doesnít feel any less explosive out of corners. Sure, itís probably slower around a racetrack, and is definitely slower to 100km/h (3.4sec v 3.2). Look at it this way Ė now you get more time every lap to revel in the Huracanís heightened senses. And to rev that barkingly brutal V10 out beyond 8000rpmÖ Removing accelerative responsibility from the front axle has also improved front-end feel through Huracanís electric power steering. It turns in more hungrily and easily has the bite to break the rear loose, especially under brakes. Ten percent softer front springs and dampers allow more weight transfer under brakes, and the reprofiled front spoiler increases front downforce.

Equally, the Huracanís balance during hard braking is nothing because it driveshafts the front wheels.

V10 is 23kW and mainly to create a yet gives the identical powerto- AWD sibling. cheaper than the it arrives in to oversteer. was one of oppy-locking 426kW V10 through a corner.

So important was emphasis that Lamborghini with Pirelli to dumb Huracanís P-Zeros (19s but all test cars wore making the compound less grippy. Both of those terms; weíre still talking fit for a supercar. And doesnít call it dumbing call it enhancing the short of brilliant. It has a level of adjustability that makes trailbraking to the apex not only possible, but exploitable and great for setting up a quick getaway.

As for the chest-crushing braking power of those big steel stoppers front and rearÖ No idea.

All the cars available for testing at the Losail track in Qatar wore unrelenting carbon-ceramic brakes, which will not be standard on Australian-spec models (arriving from April). Those carbon-ceramics are standard on the LP610-4 and account for $22K of the $50K price difference.

Lamborghiniís decision to Ďadjustí the characteristics of the Pirelli P-Zeros for the reardrive Huracan was not just about inducing a tail-out propensity, but also to make it feel more progressive and controllable beyond the limits of adhesion.

Theyíve achieved that, but this is still a powerful mid-engined 426kW of mid-mounted corner. this rear-steer Lamborghini worked down the 19s are standard, wore optional 20s), compound harder and those are relative talking about tyres And Lamborghini dumbing down; they the carís propensity LP580-2 is not It possesses more tactility than the too hard into a will scrub wide, would. But thatís end, because the understeer into and judicious use Where the AWD respond by forcing wider, the rear- wow when rear- coupe, and physics cannot be ignored. When 60 percent of the carís weight sits behind the centre point (compared to the all-wheel-drive Huracanís 42/58 spread), this new Ďprogressivenessí is best enjoyed with the ESC reduced but still on call. Shaking the rear loose early in the corner during a drifting photo session often led to me facing the way I came. Powering hard from the apex, however, produced some very enjoyable, and progressive, powerslides.

In fact, the ESC deserves much credit for bringing the rear-drive Huracanís magic within reach of driving mortals.

The ĎAnimaí drive mode system (Italian for soul) cycles between Strada, Sport and Corsa via a button on the steering wheel.

Strangely, itís the middle mode that encourages and finesses the most creative rear-steering, while remaining ready to step in a one-trick stallion. more adjustability and the all-paw version. Go a corner and the front wide, just like the LP610-4 thatís where similarities the driver can turn into oversteer with smooth use of the throttle.

AWD version would forcing the nose even rear-driver turns plow into rear-end slip allows the and sort things out if the driver canít. Corsa mode, which also sharpens gearchanges and makes the throttle hyper-sensitive, has an ESC tune designed to minimise lap times, which means keeping things as straight and tidy as possible, while maximising drive.

All of which it does very well, but is nowhere near as satisfying as Sportís ability to make you think youíre a driving god holding an insane fourth-gear drift through Losailís fast right-hander.

This car is astonishing on many levels, and proof that Lamborghini can do more with less. The Huracan LP580-2 is not just a drift machine; it has all the tricks, and is sharper and more adjustable than the all-wheeldrive version. The separation of turning and burning has elevated what was already a wonderful dynamic package to new highs of driver immersion.

Sport mode has the ability to make you think youíre a driving god

PLUS & MINUS

Gearchange paddles are not wheel-mounted; rear vision Improved balance; steering feel; everything about the V10; supercar style

01 STYLE SIBLINGS

At the front, the spoilerís intakes have a different profile and centre bar to increase downforce. At the rear, the diffuser has been reprofiled, and the honeycomb treatment that stretches across the car above the upswept exhausts is also unique.

02 SHINE ON

Itís the same, familiar, extroverted Huracan interior, with hexagonal shapes and fighter-jet toggles galore. The starter buttonís alloy cover is a cool piece of supercar theatre, while the angry bark the V10 makes on start-up sends shivers up your spine.

03 ASSUME THE POSITION

Driverís seat is brilliantly supportive and its adjustability, combined with a tilt-reach steering column, make for plenty of positional bandwidth. Front and side visibility is great, but no matter how you angle the centre rear-view mirror, rearward vision is appalling.

Steer from the rear

Rear-wheel drive was always part of the Huracan plan. Where its edgy Gallardo LP550-2 Balboni predecessor was little more than a drivetrain modification, the Huracan LP580-2 does more to differentiate itself mechanically from the all-wheel-drive version. Front and rear spring rates have been softened (10 and 5 percent respectively) to allow more weight transfer, and front camber is increased to improve lateral grip.

Changes to the steering system enhance feedback, and a new Pirelli P-Zero tyre compound and tread design heighten the carís rear-drive attitude.

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