CARS.COM — When Lamborghini announced a less-powerful, rear-wheel-drive version of its Huracan coupe, many enthusiasts rightly bemoaned that the car would be boring and far less fun to drive … Sorry, that’s from an alternate-universe story where everyone is issued a Challenger Hellcat when they get their license.
We were lucky enough to drive a Verde Mantis — Italian for “green so bright it burns your eyes” — 2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 at Roebling Road Raceway near Savannah, Ga., and we have to say that you’d probably be perfectly happy saving the $40,000 that comes from opting for the RWD Huracan.
While less powerful than its LP610-4 (610 horsepower, all-wheel drive; get it?) sibling, the LP580-2 (a meager 580 hp) takes a page from Lotus’ book and adds lightness: Switching to rear-wheel drive saves about 73 pounds. And, to be frank, 580 hp is more than enough. Don’t be greedy.
The LP580-2 also boasts redesigned front and rear ends so discerning Lamborghini fans will know you’re driving the LP580-2 and think you’re a sports car purist for sticking to RWD. Or maybe they’ll think you couldn’t afford to buy the LP610-4. Inside, the cockpit — we can call it that because of the fighter jet-style ignition button — features exterior paint-matching details and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Check out the gallery to decide for yourself if a Lamborghini Huracan with only 580 hp is enough.