According to Lamborghini, the new Huracán LP 580-2 was “created to give its driver a pure 'fun to drive' experience." It’s a rear-wheel drive version of the entry-level, a $200k hooning special that speaks directly to the brand’s core identity. And, last week, The Drive had a chance to test the 580-2 at Losail International Circuit in Qatar. Verdict? More engagement, more everyday usability, more fun for fun’s sake, and a four-tire-a-day smoking habit. In other words: Glorious.
As its name suggests, the LP 580-2 produces 580 horsepower, down 30 ponies down on the regular Huracán LP 610-4. However, the 580-2 more than makes up for it by shedding 72 pounds from the standard model, bringing the curb weight to a tidy 3,062 lbs. The new rear-wheel-drive layout is complemented by a stiffer suspension setup and tweaked steering. Also, re-tuned traction and stability control systems, which make the car more exciting at the limit.
That’s definitely evident in this video, which showcases the Lamborghini doing all the goofy sideways stuff you want it to. (Read: roaring V-10, sensational amounts of opposite lock, copious tire smoke). And you might recognize the Italian racetrack where it all takes place, too: That’s Imola, erstwhile home of the legendary Formula 1 San Marino Grand Prix. It’s the right venue for gross displays of ten-cylinder firepower.
In a supercar world that's so often measured in Nürburgring lap times, 0-60-mph times and top speeds, it's refreshing to see Lamborghini embrace the old-fashioned silliness of a powerful, rear-wheel-drive machine.
Check out the sick video of the Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 tearing it up at Imola in the video below: