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RWD Lamborghini Huracan Will Change the Company, Coming to LA

While nothing is official yet, you should expect the upcoming Los Angeles Motor Show to bring us a rear-wheel-drive incarnation of the Lamborghini Huracan. Sure, any derivative of the naturally-aspirated supercar is more than welcome, but there’s much more to this version than you might expect.
Lamborghini Huracan 1 photo
First of all, we’ll go through the details we know so far about the project. The RWD Huracan should hit the market soon after the auto show, being expected to enter the scene in the first quarter of next year, as autocar writes.

As it usually happens with special edition Raging Bulls, customers who are looking for rear axle pleasures have probably already expressed their interest in the vehicle, and they might have even put down deposits.

What makes the (tentatively named) Huracan LP610-2 so special?


The rear-wheel-drive Gallardo was an experiment, with Lamborghini launching this as a special edition paying tribute to its now-retired chief test driver Valentino Balboni. Subsequently, the “-2” Gallardo program expanded, with the supercar being offered for a smaller price compared to the all-wheel-drive versions.

While we’re not sure of the RWD Huracan’s production, we want to explain why we expect Sant’Agata Bolognese to have gone through a bit of a rear-wheel-drive revolution for the birth of this Huracan.

You see, the Gallardo’s experimental nature could instantly be felt from behind the wheel. Unlike the “normal” AWD Gallardo, the “-2” showed a surprising amount of initial understeer. Lamborghinis have always been more about the show, but the handling of the LP550-2 Gallardo was miles behind that of the Ferrari 458 or the McLaren MP4-12C.

We expect that to change with the Huracan LP610-2. First of all, Lamborghini has evolved, with the best hint being the Huracan itself. Unlike the Gallardo, Lambo’s current V10 supercar features an electronically-controlled AWD system. The Italians have recently announced a 2016MY update that tweaks the all-wheel-drive, all with the aim of sharpening up the handling (read: less understeer), especially in the most usable Strada driving mode.

Then there’s the fierce competition. Compared to what it stood for in the days of the MP4-12C, McLaren has grown into a mature supercar builder with a wide range. As for Ferrari, the 488’s turbocharged ways have also seen Maranello’s engineers sharpening up the 458 from the cornering point of view - for one thing, the 488’s active dampers are now included in the handling algorithm.

So while the expected LA debut might be all about the visual and the aural side of the RWD Huracan, we can’t wait to get our white knuckles on it.

 
 
 
 
 

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