Even though there is one less pair of tyres to help the engine get the car off the line, the LP580-2 gets from 0 to 100kph in 3.4sec, 0 to 200kph in 10.1 seconds, those figures are a mere 0.2sec off the LP610-4’s pace. So on paper at least it is quick, and when I hammer the throttle at the pit exit of the Losail circuit in Qatar, the thrust from that engine is still potent as ever. That naturally-aspirated V10 engine pummels my back without hesitation, without pause for question. True to its figures, its charge to 100kph and beyond is intense, proper supercar intense.
Speed isn’t the LP580-2’s main calling card, though being 5kph off the LP610-4’s top speed at 320kph means that it is plenty fast for most mortals, which is why I’m here at Losail. Better known as an entry in the MotoGP calendar, the Losail circuit is just the right size for a car of the Huracán’s magnitude to feel breathlessly quick, though it is featureless with barely any terrain or inclines to give you a bearing of your surroundings. But it has 16 corners, which serves as a perfect setting to see if Reggiani’s team had delivered unto the world a Huracán that drivers had always craved for. And through the first sequence of bends the rear-wheel drive Huracán is living up to Lamborghini’s promise of building a supercar for drivers.
In following with the tail-out, tyre-smoking trend seen from its peers, Lamborghini says that the LP580-2 is honed to allow drivers to hang its tail out in “Sport” mode. Admittedly while Lamborghini assures that its sensitive LPI system has been recalibrated to allow for ‘intuitive and predictable’ levels of oversteer, I found it rather hard to break the traction of the LP580-2’s specially developed P Zeros.
But you don’t need to hang the tail loose at every junction to appreciate its new found talents. Since the task of steering is now separate from the role of translating engine fury into motion the Huracán is lithe and agile. Fitted with the standard steering, there is a natural consistent feel in guiding the Huracán’s pointy end. Its helm is sharper than a surgeon’s scalpel, and better yet, without a four-wheel drive system casting a wide safety net and sorting things out for you when you plant your foot down, the LLP580-2’s adjustability gives you a deeper sense of involvement.
You can tighten its lines and get the nose tucked in closer to the apex with a flex of your right foot. It feels more alive, more attentive to your inputs. Paired with the incredible throttle response from its naturally-aspirated V10 engine, every extra millimetre of throttle travel unleashes a storm of noise and violence. With no mechanical bits to juggle the power between the two axles, the LP580-2 is not only 33kg lighter than the standard Huracán, the power delivery is even more immediate.
Despite it being a descendent from a predominantly four-wheel drive dynasty, the Huracán is amazingly adept as a rear-wheel drive supercar. It reacts and feels as though it was bred to have a tail happy talent. At times when I pushed a little too hard through a sequence of corners, the rear-wheels squirmed and the tail felt a little loose, but never was it snappy or temperamental. It simply teases you with the power that it has at your behest.