Lamborghini will reveal a rear-wheel drive Huracan at the LA Auto Show next week in the name of oversteer. This news isn’t a huge surprise as the Italian sports car manufacturer’s boss, Stephan Winkelmann, alluded to it at last year’s Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance.
“We did it with the Gallardo so it might be an option,” he said. “We are a four-wheel-drive super-sports car [manufacturer] but why should we not do a rear-drive option? We need lots of derivatives. Customers expect it and we always need something new to talk about.”
Lamborghini chief test driver, Georgio Sanna, also mentioned the Huracan would gain two distinct rear-wheel drive variants. Speaking of Lamborghini test drivers, this RWD Huracan may not be quite as much of a spectacle as the LP550-2 Valentino Balboni edition was back in 2009. While the Huracan boasts greater performance, the Balboni edition offered a six-speed manual transmission, among other enhancements. Sadly, we shouldn’t expect a manual-equipped Huracan anytime soon.
That said, the rear-wheel drive Huracan should lose some weight compared to its all-wheel drive sibling, which weighs 3,135 pounds, and it may even add some power over the current 610 horses (because less traction deserves more power, apparently). The same 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated V10 will likely be tuned for another ten ponies or so.
Beyond the substance, the RWD Huracan will add style via a more pronounced body kit. Lamborghini will reportedly label this as a special edition and will limit production accordingly. The newly-revealed Huracan Spyder will likely receive its own special edition next year.
Down the road, a second rear-wheel-drive Huracan will be built as a new entry-level model. The LP610-2 won’t be produced until Lamborghini sees how well its special edition rear-wheel drive model will sell, but a more affordable, more slidey Lamborghini should please the masses (and by masses, I mean the small pool of people who can afford one).