As art imitates life, so the favor is returned. Virtual Lamborghinis have featured in many Clip games over the years, and now the Italian company seems lớn have developed a new model specifically for those who grew up with that genre"s least realistic games, the ones that let you drift your virtual superoto with pixel-perfect precision at ridiculous speeds.

That’s certainly what we take from the technical briefing that introduces us to lớn the new rear-wheel-drive sầu Huracán LP580-2, as well as from our drive sầu at the Losail circuit in Qatar. Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s R&D boss, gave sầu a presentation in which he mentioned power oversteer in practically every other sentence. He assured us that the new car has been designed to lớn flatter the skills of even modestly talented drivers, his words delivered against a video clip backdrop of Huracáns drifting at such outlandish angles as khổng lồ make us believe Ken Block has at least one Italian cousin.


Fewer Driven Wheels, More Excitement

While this new rear-drive Huracán is a cheaper entry inlớn Lambo ownership, it"s also being pitched as more involving khổng lồ drive than the existing LP610-4, trading some performance for the excitement and adjustability that comes from having more power than grip. A rear-wheel-drive Huracán was always part of the plan, unlike the rear-wheel-drive Gallarvì chưng, which was pretty much a driveshaft-removal job. Shedding the LP610"s electronically controlled clutch paông xã as well as its propeller shaft, front differential, và related hardware saves a relatively modest 73 pounds in weight, but it also delivers some definitive sầu differentiation over the Audi R8 that shares most of the baby Lambo’s structure và powertrain.

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As the name suggests, the LP580’s mid-mounted 5.2-liter V-10 has been slightly downtuned, now delivering 572 horsepower. Both the engine speed at which peak power arrives and the fuel cutoff have sầu fallen by 250 rpm to 8000 rpm & 8500 rpm compared with the 602-hp LP610-4. When we speculated as to whether this modest reduction in output had been done lớn ensure the cheaper, lighter car was not quicker than its $39,100-dearer sister, nobody looked too outraged, although Reggiani says the engine has also been digitally retuned to have sầu a flatter torque curve better suited khổng lồ, you"ve guessed it, going sideways.

Performance losses are minimal. Figure on a zero-to-60-mph time 0.2 second behind the regular car, which we timed at 2.5 seconds. The quoted top tốc độ of 199 mph is 3 mph off the 610’s terminal velocity, which is unlikely to lớn be an issue to lớn anyone but latter-day moonshine runners.

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Trachồng Time

We, however, didn’t get a chance to lớn drive sầu the LP580-2 on the road, only on the Losail circuit located at the edge of the desert near Doha. Having seen Qatar"s roads on our way to lớn the traông xã, we can report this as no great loss, as the entire country seems lớn be a construction site, sand, or some combination of both. But it does mean that we traveled all the way khổng lồ the Middle East for the gr& total of 16 laps of the 3.4-mile trachồng, best known for hosting a round of the MotoGP championship. But don"t worry—we made ’em count.


The LP580-2 is the only Lamborghini whose pre-tax & pre-destination MSRPhường scoots under the $200,000 mark, albeit by less than the cost of one of the brand’s many logo sản phẩm jackets, but the good news is that very few people will realize you are driving what amounts khổng lồ the base version. Apart from slightly redesigned bumpers, it looks identical khổng lồ the LP610-4, projecting an equal amount of wedgy aggression. The cabin is identical, with the exterior"s edge-intensive kiến thiết theme carried throughout—even the steering wheel has corners—và the underlying Audi architecture well hidden.

The decreases on both sides of the power-to-weight equation have left the LP580 feeling exactly as rapid as the 610—in a word, very. The engine remains a masterpiece, one that growls, snarls, and ultimately screams its way toward its stratospheric redline—& with the sort of perfectly proportional throttle response that makes it feel as if you can add horsepower one pony at a time. Experiencing it again is instant vindication of Lamborghini’s decision to lớn st& against the widespread move sầu to lớn turbocharging, and we remain happy to lớn trade the naturally aspirated engine’s relative laông chồng of low-end torque for its sonorous high-revving fervor, on a traông chồng at least.

That There’s the Sideways Mode

As in the Huracán LP610-4, there are three switchable “ANIMA” dynamic modes for the steering, engine, gearbox, & (optional) adjustable dampers. Stradomain authority (road) and Corsa (track) modes remain as before, but the intermediate Thể Thao setting has been repurposed into what’s basically a drift mode, unhanding the leash of the Huracán’s stability control to lớn allow the greathử nghiệm amount of slip & actually softening the adaptive sầu dampers lớn help with oversteer-inducing weight transfer. The dual-clutch automatic gearbox shifts quickly và cleanly when instructed to lớn do so by the long paddles that sit behind the steering wheel, upshifting unprompted if you reach the fuel cutoff in either Strada or Thể Thao modes but bouncing against the limiter if you reach it in Corsa.


This magic sideways mode works pretty much as promised. With Sport engaged, you power into a turn to lớn find an initial dose of understeer, this acting as a sort of dynamic liability waiver. Indicate consent by continued application of the throttle và the Huracán transitions into lớn oversteer with the grace of a drifting swan, the baông chồng kết thúc stepping out with the deference of an attentive sầu valet. Then keep the gas on và the steering pointing in the right direction & the Lamborghini will hold the slide for practically as long as you want—& certainly long enough to lớn make you feel like a driving hero. Every part of the chassis has been adapted for this task, the front-suspension geometry tweaked to lớn improve sầu the steering"s caster effect lớn help the front tires stay locked to the direction of travel. The upshot is a near-600-hp superoto that"s as easy lớn drift on a bone-dry racetrachồng as a Mazdomain authority Miata is on a frozen lake.

It"s a really neat trick; one we used a fair number of our allotted 16 laps experiencing, và we can confirm that the Huracán is equally happy to do it even in faster third- and fourth-gear turns. But while you can almost persuade yourself that this is merely natural affirmation of your own God-given talent, you bởi ultimately realize this is just a digitally delivered simulacrum, especially in the way the electric-power-assisted steering lightens and tightens as course-correcting brake inputs are sent lớn the front end—và in the system"s tolerance for the sort of excess throttle inputs that should fire the Huracán backward inlớn one of Losail"s gravel traps.

We actually preferred the Huracán in its more aggressive Corsa mode, which works lớn maximize grip over slip while still allowing the occasional slide, và which showed the rear-driver is capable of finding adjective-stretching traction despite its relative sầu lack of driven wheels. It"s not as fast as the LP610-4 around a track—elementary physics sees lớn that—but it"s more exhilarating to lớn drive sầu hard, rawer & more challenging. For those who accused the Huracán of being more about speed than experience when it launched, this new variant stands as an eloquent riposte.

VEHICLE TYPE: mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive sầu, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe

BASE PRICE: $204,595

ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 40-valve V-10, aluminum bloông chồng và heads, port and direct fuel injection

Displacement: 318 cu in, 5204 ccPower: 572 hp
6500 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 7-tốc độ dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode

DIMENSIONS:Wheelbase: 103.1 inLength: 175.6 inWidth: 75.7 in Height: 45.9 inCurb weight (C/D est): 3350 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST):Zero lớn 60 mph: 2.9 secZero khổng lồ 100 mph: 6.4 secStanding ¼-mile: 10.8 secTop speed: 199 mph

FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST):EPA city/highway driving: 14/21 mpg

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