Love to race? Lamborghini is developing a lighter and faster Huracan for you

2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP-580 2
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Lamborghini has announced that it will offer at least five variants of the V10-powered Huracán, its smallest and most popular model, in order to earn a bigger slice of the supercar market.

The Huracán lineup was expanded earlier this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show with the addition of the topless Spyder version, and again a few weeks later in Los Angeles with the driver-focused rear-wheel drive LP 580-2 model (pictured). The new additions to the lineup bump the total number of Huracán derivatives up to four when the track-only Super Trofeo is included, but company CEO and president Stephan Winkelmann told British magazine Autocar that the Raging Bull plans on offering at least five variants.

“In simple words, we want to cover lifestyle, fun to drive, performance, high performance, and race,” explained the executive.

While seeing a topless version of the LP 580-2 seems like a given, Winkelmann and Maurizio Reggiani, the head of Lamborghini’s research and development department, both told Digital Trends that a final decision on whether or not to move forward with a rear-wheel drive Spyder hasn’t been made yet. If approved for production, the 580-2 Spyder will be relatively cost efficient to manufacture because it will largely be built with existing components.

Winkelmann hinted that Lamborghini is in the process of designing a more hardcore version of the Huracán that will be branded either Superveloce or Superleggera. Positioned at the very top of the Huracán lineup, the model will be lighter and markedly faster than the LP610-4 on which it will be based, and it will look the part thanks to an aggressive, race-inspired body kit. It’s not too far-fetched to conclude that the Superveloce/Superleggera will arrive as a limited-edition model.

Widespread industry rumors claim the Centenario that will be shown in Geneva next year to celebrate company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini’s 100th birthday will essentially be a Huracán fitted with huge V12 engine borrowed from the bigger Aventador. However, that’s one variant that won’t see the light that awaits at the end of the Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, production line because Winkelmann has called the idea of a V12-powered Huracán “unthinkable.”

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