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Lamborghini Huracan goes rear-wheel drive

By Damion Smy, 18 Aug 2014 News

Lamborghini Huracan goes rear-wheel drive

The most powerful Huracan yet spins only its rear wheels

THIS is the Huracan we’ve been waiting for. The Lamborghini Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo is the first version of Sant’Agata’s new supercar to be rear-wheel drive.

Signified by the ‘2’ in its name, its ‘620’ designation also means it’s the most powerful version of the Huracan yet, with 456kW compared to the now entry-level Huracan’s 449kW.

It uses the same 5.2-litre V10, which is a development of the engine that powered its predecessor, the Gallardo, but for the Huracan comes with the new dual-clutch transmission (try and say Lamborghini Doppia Frizione three times) and sits on the new Modular Sportscar Chassis that will underpin the next Audi R8.

The Super Trofeo has, officially, been built for three one-make 2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo race series that will take place in Europe, Asia and North America. It’s been developed with legendary race car builder Dallara.

The move from all-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive will make life more interesting on track, according to Lamborghini director of research and development Maurizio Reggiani.

“We believe the car will be as fun for fans to watch as it will be rewarding for our racers to drive,” Reggiani said.

Yet Lamborghini Australia cannot confirm if Aussies will get to drive the track-oriented Huracan, with no confirmation that a road-going LP620-2 will be sold here.

If it does make it Down Under, it’ll cost more than the Huracan LP-610 4’s $428,000 ask despite its traction disadvantage, which may see a 0-100km/h time marginally slower than the all-wheel-drive model’s 3.2sec claim.

The Huracan’s predecessor, the Gallardo, was the most successful model in Lamborghini sales history, but didn’t come with rear-wheel drive until 2009 – six years after its debut – with the release of the special edition LP Balboni, named after famed Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni.

The Balboni became a full-time member of the Gallardo line-up as the LP550-2.