Driven: Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2
The baby lambo is looking lean and feeling lightweight after going on a diet.Damien Reid September 1, 2016
Weight is the enemy of performance and the simplest way to make a car go faster is to remove any unnecessary kilos.
So while Lamborghini has distinguished itself from rivals Ferrari and McLaren by being the all-wheel drive supercar company, the price of having additional grip from the extra driving wheels is weight, which has been seen by a few purists as dulling the overall sensation.
Though you could never accuse the likes of the Huracan and Aventador models of being even remotely dull, the temptation to shave an easy few kgs was thankfully too much for the revheads at Sant’agata and so we now have the lightweight Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2.
The last number stands for two-wheel drive, meaning all the power now goes through the rear wheels only and with 33kg saved from not having a centre and front diff or a front driveshaft as well as being mid-engined, this is the closest car Lambo has built to a Ferrari, in terms of the spec sheet and construction layout in decades.
Power has dropped slightly from 602bhp to 572bhp, while the nose and springs have been fettled to provide extra downforce and adjust to the revised weight distribution, but otherwise not much else has changed.
On paper it all looks similar, being just 0.2 seconds to 100kmh behind the all-wheel drive Huracan at 3.4 seconds with a 320kmh top end but it’s the buzz through the fingertips that gets you.
With sharpened steering not brought on by any major steering changes but because of the lighter nose, combined with less weight over the front, a revised aero kit and an improved ECU that allows for a little more slip ‘n slide when in sport mode, the LP580-2 is possibly the most enjoyable Lamborghini I’ve driven since the original Gallardo Superleggera.
The seven-speed paddle shift-operated box does the job well and is standard now on all Lamborghinis. Perhaps that’s my only gripe as the enthusiast in me would love to use the old-style H-pattern box even if it is a bit slower; it’s a mechanical connection to the car and this car is all about the feel between driver and machine.
It might not be the fastest or most powerful car Lamborghini has built, but it is the most fun and that's all that matters.
- Engine: 5.2-litre V10
- Transmission: 7-speed auto
- Power: 571bhp @ 8000rpm
- Torque: 540Nm @ 6500rpm
- 0-100kmh: 3.4 seconds
- Top speed: 320kmh
- Price: AED 773,000