Lamborghini watchers hoping the Italian supercar-maker will release a ‘hairy-chested’ rear-wheel-drive version of its Aventador model could be waiting for quite a while.
That’s the word out of Europe, with the UK’s Autocar reporting that the Aventador will remain an all-wheel-drive-only model for the foreseeable future.
With 515kW and 690Nm under an Aventador driver’s right foot from the 6.5 litre naturally-aspirated V12 petrol engine, rising to 552kW in the SuperVeloce, Lamborghini believes AWD is very necessary to ensure the supercar isn’t too much of a handful.
Enthusiastic Lamborghini customers will instead need to look towards the new Huracan LP 580-2, which was unveiled at the recent LA Auto Show.
As the name suggests, the Huracan is the new RWD fun-machine from Lamborghini, but buyers are still restricted to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic in both the Huracan and the Aventador.
Whereas the Aventador features the power outputs mentioned earlier, the Huracan offers a much tamer (by comparison) 427kW and 540Nm from its mid-mounted 5.2 litre naturally-aspirated V10 channelled directly to the rear wheels.
Surprisingly, this is less power than the Huracan’s AWD 610-4 equivalent, but the RWD Lambo also tips the scales around 33kg lighter.
“The Aventador can only be four-wheel-drive because we have so much power and torque to manage - only with four driven wheels are you able to manage this,” Lamborghini’s Maurizio Reggiani said.
“This is mainly due to the state of the art of the control systems that we have on the car today. So when we plan Aventador derivatives, we maintain four-wheel-drive. With the Huracan from the beginning, when we were looking at computer simulations and so on, we decided that two-wheel drive was possible without any kind of problem.”
Those looking for a RWD version of the upcoming Urus SUV will also be out of luck, with the carmaker reportedly dismissing such a model as a “lookalike” SUV with minimal off-road ability.
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