All-wheel drive may have been a Lamborghini staple for a while now, but cars like the Huracan LP580-2 have proven that Sant’Agata Bolognese is happy to dabble with rear-driven stuff upon occasion. But what about the Aventador? Might the Italian firm’s flagship one day spawn a two-wheel drive version? Apparently not.
Speaking to Australian publication Drive, Lamborghini’s chief engineer Maurizio Reggiani said that a rear-wheel drive Aventador would simply be too “difficult to manage” when driven hard.
“The four-wheel-drive system is the most safe and performance [focused] system we can have in their car,” he added, concluding that dropping the front driven wheels would mean: “the traction control would be so invasive.”
It seems a shame, particularly when Lamborghini’s rivals are so happy to push out high-powered rear-wheel drive machines. The Ferrari 488 Pista for instance has a power level approaching that of the Aventador S, and it’s the same case with the McLaren 720S. Then there’s Woking’s hardcore Senna, which has more power than even the Aventador SV.
We might yet see a hardcore, track-only Lamborghini along similar lines to the Ferrari FXX K and Senna GT R, though. In the same interview, commercial director Federico Foschini refused to go into detail about any future plans, but did lay down a tasty little hint. “For sure we are working on a lot of scenarios, we’re not here today to discuss this kind of project…I think you will see,” he said.