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After years of building supercars that were almost exclusively all-wheel drive, Lamborghini is going back to rear-wheel-drive basics with the debut of the Huracán LP 580-2.

Announced a day before the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, the mid-engine, V10 coupe is the third — and cheapest — Huracán road car after the AWD coupe and convertible variants.

A rear-wheel drive Huracan sounds like a perfect enthusiast version of the scaled-down Lambo

What’s outside of the Huracán remains the same — it’s what’s underneath that counts. The rear-wheel-drive Huracán drops 73 pounds of driveline and adds way more fun.

“The Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 continues the Lamborghini tradition of pure, visionary and technology-driven models,” Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said in a statement. “The rear-wheel-drive model fits perfectly into our Huracán family, appealing to those wanting an even more intense driving experience, or who currently drive other rear-wheel-drive marques and aspire to (drive) a Lamborghini.”

The Huracán LP 580-2 uses the same naturally aspirated, 5.2-liter, V10 engine as its AWD counterparts. Power drops from 601 hp to 572 hp, and torque drops from 413 lb-ft to 398 lb-ft. Cylinder deactivation remains in the name of saving fuel, as does the Huracán’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The Lamborghini Huracan 580-2 is more price-friendly and lighter than the 610-4

Lamborghini will apply its new cylinder deactivation technology to the upcoming Huracán 580-2 to help the V10 sip as little fuel as possible.

The 580-2 is 73 pounds lighter without the weight of the AWD system. Lacking the Earth-gripping traction on takeoff, the RWD model’s 0-62-mph time is 3.4 seconds, 0.2 second slower than the Huracán LP 610-4 coupe.

The suspension, steering, and stability and traction controls all have been recalibrated for the revised setup, Lamborghini said. The Pirelli tires are also unique, as is the 580-2’s front fascia.

The Huracán LP 580-2 will start at $201,100, including a gas-guzzler tax, or about $39,000 less than the AWD LP 610-4 coupe.

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By David Undercoffler, Automotive News