Lamborghinis these days are typically offered with all-wheel drive. Forget the deranged Countachs and Diablos of the past, the modern, Audi-owned Lamborghini takes advantage of AWD systems to provide grip, stability, and to help ensure blistering 0-60 times. But, every once in a while, the madmen at Sant'Agata Bolognese like to spice up their current offerings with the help of some old-fashioned Lamborghini scariness. A prime example of this wonderful lunacy occurred back in 2009 when they unveiled the Gallardo LP550-2 Balboni, the first RWD Gallardo. The car had slightly less power than its AWD siblings, but it was also lighter, due to the absence of the AWD drivetrain. The Balboni, named after their famous test driver, was hailed by critics worldwide for being the most pure, raw experience available from the many iterations of Lamborghini's V10 supercar. Now, six years later, they've revealed its spiritual successor.
Yes, what you see here is the first RWD version of Lambo's new V10 monster, the Huracan. This model follows the same strategy as its predecessor, only with even more aggression than before. Like the Gallardo before it, the rear-driven Huracan is slightly less powerful than its siblings, meaning owners will have to deal with "only" 572 horsepower and 398 lb ft of torque. Power, if you haven't heard it enough already, is sent to the back wheels through the Huracan's incredibly quick, 7-speed, dual clutch transmission. Even with less power and two fewer driven wheels, the LP580-2 will handle 0-60 in 3.4 seconds on the way to a 199 mph top speed. Those numbers, however, are not why you'd buy this Huracan over the standard LP610-4. You'd buy this one because of how it makes you feel. This car is as much about power and straight line speed as it is about making you scream like a little girl while going through a corner sideways and obliterating the rear tires. This is the Huracan for the serious drivers that don't need the help of four driven wheels to shoot them out of corners. This is for the drivers that want to experience pure adrenaline, battling oversteer while a 5.2 liter V10 roars behind their eardrums.
Unlike its predecessor, this Huracan LP580-2 features cosmetic changes to further distinguish itself from the rest of the lineup. The front intakes are completely redesigned, and so is the rear diffuser. A set of shiny new wheels brings the whole package together, allowing the RWD Huracan to stand out from its peers.
Rumors about this car have been circulating for some time now, so it's fantastic to see that Lamborghini is still willing to bring out something intense like this. It'll be revealed in the flesh in just a few days at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and I personally can't wait to see one of these in person. For all the news on new Lamborghinis, as well as all the biggest reveals from LA, make sure to stay tuned to Oh So Lofty.