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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2

Edited by : Shahen Tharammal
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PRICE : Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 $204,895

Danger is undeniably sexy. In our oddly puritanical way, civilized society seeks to mitigate our exposure to danger publicly, but we embrace it behind closed doors. There's something about it that appeals to us on a human level - the notion that the "rules" don't apply to us - and supercars undoubtedly feed into this mindset, if not overtly, then at least on a subconscious level. 

But in recent years, supercars themselves have threatened to become downright civil. In the case of the Huracán, engineering accessibility into the manufacturer's volume seller has proven to be a formula for remarkable success, as Lamborghini sold nearly twice as many LP 610-4 models in the first 16 months it was on sale as it did of the Gallardo during its respective debut, and the Gallardo's total sales numbers throughout its production run exceeded all other Lamborghinis sold throughout the company's history. Combined. 

Yet for all of its jaw-dropping performance and good behavior, there's a contingent of well-heeled enthusiasts who're willing to forego the LP 610-4's all-wheel drive configuration for the promise of additional thrills. A dose of measured danger, if you will. 

Lamborghini has heeded that call with the rear-wheel drive LP 580-2, a model which seeks to prioritize emotion over lap times while simultaneously lowering the fiscal bar of entry. 

Ignoring the prospect of parting ways with my driver's license, I took to the hills of northeast Los Angeles in this Rosso Mars hued example to thoroughly examine the results of the Huracán's time under the knife. 


Although it borrows most of its styling cues from its all-wheel-drive sibling, the LP 580-2 looks quite different from the front. That’s because Lambo redesigned the entire bumper section, reshaping the air intakes. Unlike the LP 610-4, which had a two-piece grille with honeycomb mesh on the sides, the LP 580-2 has a three-piece layout with a taller center section. The side intakes have horizontal canards that help direct cooling air and increase downforce on the front axle.

Changes are less noticeable around back, but the LP 580-2 did receive a slightly revised diffuser and a new three-piece grille under the taillights and spoiler. While I can’t really decide which version has the better looking front end, I find the LP 580-2 to be the prettier one from the rear.

Rounding off the car’s exterior is a set of new 19-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli PZero tires specifically developed for the Huracan’s rear-wheel-drive configuration.


One glance at the Huracan's interior tells you that the company is now owned by Audi, and its best-in-class interior sensibility has made itself known in modern Lamborghinis. Not only is there an Audi-esque master dial and surrounding buttons offering easy control of navigation, audio and phone functions, the rest of the interior is equally functional. Yet form is part of it too: The cockpit's sensual leathers, exotic design and high-tech gadgetry all befit a car in this price range. We love the digital gauges, and how the seven aircraft-like switches make even rolling down a window feel like an event.


Price:€ 150000
Transmission:seven-speed dual-clutch
Horsepower @ RPM:571 @ 8000
Torque @ RPM:398 @ 6500
Displacement:5.2 L
0-60 time:3.4 sec.
Top Speed:199 mph



That's a fancy way of saying the Huracan's suspension gets softer for daily driving, or firmer for those days when you're willing to risk your hyper-expensive hypercar on a racetrack. It monitors driving conditions and adjusts the suspension within fractions of a second for optimal handling.


There are no needles pointing at numbers in the Huracan, at least, not real ones. Instead there's a massive digital display in front of the driver. Not only does it display the usual instrument info, it can be reconfigured to show navigation, infotainment data and more.


Motivation is provided by the same high-revving, 5.2-liter V-10, but output has been tuned down to 571 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 31-horsepower and 15-pound-feet reduction compared to the LP 610-4. The oomph travels to the rear wheels through the same seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox.

The big news here is that the lack of an all-wheel-drive system makes the LP 580-2 73 pounds lighter than the standard model (3,062 pounds).

Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes 3.4 seconds, only 0.2 seconds slower than the LP 610-4. Top speed is rated at 199 mph, a three-mph drop from the LP 610-4.

As in other Huracan models, the LP 580-2 features cylinder deactivation to improve fuel economy. When full engine capacity is not required, five of the ten cylinders are temporarily deactivated. The result is a fuel consumption of only 11.9 liters per 100 km on the combined circle and carbon-dioxide emissions of 278 g/km.

Like the LP 610-4, the LP 580-2 uses a custom setup for springs and anti-roll bars on double wishbone suspension, which improves torsional stiffness by 50% compared to the Gallardo LP 550-2.

Stopping power comes from steel rotors and aluminum calipers. The AWD Huracan has carbon-ceramic rotors.


Official figures from Lamborghini claim that it takes two tenths of a second longer to reach 62 mph from rest in the LP 580-2 than it does in the 610-4 (3.4 versus 3.2), but from behind the wheel you'd be hard pressed to feel the difference, especially from a roll. 

Like the LP 610-4 the thrust is nothing short of awe inspiring, and the V10's howling soundtrack remains mercifully unchanged in the LP 580-2. But without the front wheels clawing for traction along with the rear, it feels more like the visceral shove from behind that you'd get from a McLaren rather than the composed and collected launch of the all-wheel drive model, and in turn more involving. 

Lamborghini's seven-speed dual clutch gearbox continues to be among the best available anywhere, dishing out authoritative and nearly seamless shifts on command time after time while also staying well-mannered when left to do its own thing around town.

With less mass overall and most of it removed from the front end, the LP 580-2's retuned electronically assisted steering feels remarkably quick and well weighted, particularly in the Sport and Corsa driving modes, yet it also provides a serviceable level of communication about what the front tires are doing near the limits of grip. 

Getting the price tag down on the LP 580-2 means that the carbon ceramic brake discs from the LP 610-4 have been replaced by steel equivalents, a change that seems somewhat at odds with the stated intentions of the LP 580-2. But after a sustained 30 mile jaunt down the twisting tarmac of Angeles Crest Highway in near 100-degree temperatures with the distinct intention of uncovering any shortcomings, I can say with full confidence that the steel rotors are up to the task, as they remained fade-free and pedal feel was consistent throughout hours of spirited driving in the summer heat. As an added bonus, they're also significantly quieter than their carbon ceramic counterparts as well - an observation that might seem trivial until you've spent an hour in stop and go traffic with a set of the latter. 


Two similar V10 engines are available in the 2016 Lamborghini Huracan. In the rear-drive LP 580-2, the 5.2-liter engine puts out 573 horsepower, while in the all-wheel-drive LP 610-4 coupe and Spyder, it offers up 602 horsepower. While similar to the V10 that's in the Audi R8 corporate cousin, the Huracan's engine benefits from a dual-fuel-injection setup called Iniezione Diretta Stratificata (IDS) that uses both direct and port-style fuel injection. The Huracan routes the power from its mid-mounted engine through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; no manual transmission is offered. In a bid to save fuel, the Lambo comes with a defeatable start/stop system that cuts the engine at idle. Still, with a combined rating of 16 mpg, the Huracan can't avoid a gas-guzzler tax.

► 5.2-liter V10 (LP 580-2)
573 horsepower @ 8,000 rpm
398 lb-ft of torque @ 6,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/21 mpg

► 5.2-liter V10 (LP 610-4)
602 horsepower @ 8,250 rpm
412 lb-ft of torque @ 6,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 mpg


2 front headrests
LED headlamp
Daytime running lights
Dual front with head protection chambers side-mounted airbags
Engine immobilizer
Front head airbags
Remote anti-theft alarm system
Stability controlTire pressure monitoring
Traction control
4-wheel ABSFront and rear ventilated disc brakes
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation


By : Car driven reviews

Edited by : Shahen Tharammal
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