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Test drive: Lamborghini Huracán EVO

LLM motoring editor Lisa Curtiss reviews the Huracán EVO, one of the most exciting supercars on the planet.

By Lisa Curtiss  |  November 5, 2021
Lamborghini Huracán EVO

One of the world’s most recognisable and desirable supercars – the Lamborghini Huracán EVO. This is the next generation V10 super sports car, based on the prowess and performance of the Huracán Performante and incorporating advanced vehicle dynamic control and aerodynamics.

“Lamborghini is intent on leading the advance to the highest level of super sports car technologies and driving emotion. This is the essence of the new Huracán EVO. It takes the extraordinary abilities of the Huracán Performante and combines state-of-the-art vehicle dynamic control to amplify the everyday Huracán driving experience,” says Stefano Domenicali, chairman and chief executive officer of Automobili Lamborghini.

He continues: “The Huracán EVO is the very definition of evolution: it is a step ahead, redefining the segment parameters. It is remarkably easy to drive, while delivering the most responsive, sensory and agile driving experience, in every environment.”

Lamborghini Huracán EVO collection

Incredible kerb appeal

The distinctive design defines the aerodynamic superiority and enhanced driving dynamics of the Huracán EVO. A new front bumper gives the car a low, assertive personality, but more importantly assures aerodynamic efficiency via the front splitter with integrated wing. The enlarged air intakes feature the Ypsilon shape that is inherent in Lamborghini design DNA.

The side profile of the Huracán EVO is articulately dynamic, featuring Lamborghini’s hexagon design references in the windows, the new wheel design and around the new side air intakes.

It is at the rear of the car that the Huracán EVO most distinctively evokes the power and dynamism that lies within. Reflecting the wide, open, naked rear seen in its race-car brother, the twin outlets of the new sports exhaust system are positioned high up in the car’s rear bumper. At the upper end of the tail an integrated, slotted spoiler providing enhanced air flow, clearly asserting the car’s aerodynamic abilities.

Whichever direction you view the EVO from, it’s a car design masterpiece.

It’s not just the exterior that delights the eye, inside is a luxurious visual wonder too. The cabin features a dedicated EVO trim in Alcantara and leather mix, with Arancio Dryope details matching the body tone.

The sporty and elegant trim features a number of bi-colour and trim options as well as a highly sportive Alcantara option. Lightweight materials such as carbon forged composites and Lamborghini’s patented carbon skin are available on request, and are highlighted by the new customizable ambient lights feature within the cabin.

Both the exterior and interior of the Huracán EVO are designed to maximize the specification possibilities, with several new options such as a wide range of style packs in shiny black and body colour as well as Lamborghini’s Ad Personam program, which offers virtually limitless opportunity for owners to customize their Lamborghini.

Lamborghini Huracán EVO rear view on road

Advanced connectivity

An 8.4” HMI capacitive touchscreen, located in the centre console just above the start button, puts connectivity at the driver’s fingertips, with multi-finger gesture control.

Governing car functions including seats, climate and the status of the LDVI system in real-time it also puts all infotainment, such as Apple CarPlay with smartphone integration, at the cabin occupants’ disposal.

A multimedia system incorporates connected navigation and entertainment including web radio and video player. The intuitive interface allows voice commands and puts the driver in touch with Siri.

An optional dual-camera telemetry system is also offered via the touchscreen, allowing advanced telemetry recording and analysis. An integrated high-capacity hard disk is also available.

Blistering pace and performance

The Huracán EVO features the 5.2 l naturally-aspirated Lamborghini V10 engine, uprated to produce higher power output and an emotional and powerful sound, with Titanium intake valves and refined lightweight exhaust system.

With a sizable 640hp and whopping 600 Nm of torque, the EVO can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in an incredible blink-of-an-eye 2.9 seconds and from 0-200 km/h in just 9.0 seconds. Braking from 100 km/h to zero is achieved in just 31.9 m, and the car has a top speed of more than an amazing 325 km/h. These stats sound incredible and to experience the EVO’s power first hand, even for the very short time we had access to this special car, is a driving thrill to remember for a life time.

Lamborghini Huracán EVO rear view

Out on the road

Viewed in the metal, the EVO is supremely eye-catching. Resplendent in the brand’s rich orange with steel grey interior, it’s an absolute aesthetic delight. Slip inside and the cabin’s surprisingly plush and comfortable for a hard-core supercar.

Even if you’re slightly on the vertically challenged size, your visibility is good, despite sitting literally inches from the road. Yes there are a few slight oddities to navigate (if you’re new to Lamborghinis) such as how you slide a button on the wheel to indicate, and have to remember to lift what looks like a red ejector seat launch control to access start and stop, but it’s actually a highly intuitive and accessible car to drive. One word of caution – don’t forget to flick the button to lift the car’s nose before driving over speed bumps!

We met the car at the gorgeous Chewton Glen five-star hotel and spa between picturesque Lymington and Christchurch in Hampshire, and enjoyed driving through the New Forest, mindful not to get too close to the free-roaming ponies for fear of scaring them with the car’s rather wonderfully raucous exhaust notes. The roads there are not the smoothest but despite this, the EVO’s ride is super-firm, but not on the overly harsh side. The acceleration is instant and smile inducing, and it’s simply the best fun throwing the EVO at roundabouts at a fair pace to be amazed at just how incredible the car handles even at speed.

Legendary dynamics

This is down to Lamborghini’s acclaimed dynamics technology. The Huracán EVO features new Lamborghini rear-wheel steering and a torque vectoring system working on the four wheels, while at the heart of the car is the new feature of Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI). This is a central processing unit that controls every aspect of the car’s dynamic behaviour, fully integrating all of the car’s dynamic systems and set-up to anticipate the next move and needs of the driver, interpreting this into perfect driving dynamics.

Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale (LPI), a comprehensive set of accelerators and gyroscope sensors placed at the car’s centre of gravity, has been enhanced to version 2.0. Now with improved precision, it monitors in real-time the dynamic vehicle attitude regarding lateral, longitudinal and vertical accelerations, as well as roll, pitch and yaw rate.

The magneto rheological suspension, also upgraded to version 2.0, instantaneously adapts the damping following inputs from the LPI. A new advanced traction control system together with enhanced all-wheel drive and torque vectoring, allows traction to be directed to a single wheel as required.

Enhanced Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS), designed to provide higher responsiveness in corners while requiring the lowest steering angles, is now coupled with rear-wheel steering in order to ensure agility at low speed, as well as maximum stability in high-speed cornering and under braking in the most severe conditions.

Lamborghini Huracán EVO interior

STRADA, SPORT or CORSA

The unique combination of all these systems is governed by Lamborghini’s LDVI to create a super-agile and responsive car with unparalleled level of control. Processing data in real time, the Huracán EVO recognizes the driver’s intentions through steering wheel, brake and accelerator pedal inputs, engaged gear and the driving modes selected via ANIMA controller: STRADA, SPORT or CORSA.

External conditions are determined through active suspension and all-wheel drive grip estimation function. All of this information is analysed and processed by LDVI, which turns them into precise inputs for the vehicle dynamic system. A ‘feed forward logic’ is implemented via the dynamic controller, which means the car doesn’t just react, but predicts the best driving set-up for the next moment.

In STRADA, the Huracán EVO is agile and capable for driving enjoyment, whereas in SPORT it becomes playful, intuitive and extremely exciting. In CORSA the Huracán EVO is sharp, reactive and exhilarating for the most extreme driving environments, such as racetracks.

Design – aerodynamic superiority

The Huracán EVO’s aero competency continues with the underbody, which has been shaped to maximize aerodynamic efficiency: the new integrated aerodynamic styling of the Huracán EVO improves downforce and aerodynamic efficiency more than five times over the first generation Huracán.

The presence and purpose of the Huracán EVO resonates throughout its design, but also in the notes from its exhaust, with a super exhaust sound reflecting the increased power and dynamic abilities of this latest Lamborghini.

This is a glorious car and we were thrilled to experience it even just for an hour. It would be incredibly hard to beat the Huracán EVO for striking bold looks, vast helpings of truly exhilarating driving pleasure and just how lucky you feel to be behind the wheel of something so special.

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