Make no mistake, we live in an awesome era. The 80s are regarded as the “power era” and there’s a good reason for that but… compared to today they really weren’t. Sure indeed, the first true turbocharged supercars made their appearance and pretty much every racing-vehicle was crazy even for today’s standards. Yet…in 2021 the “baby” Lamborghini has 640 hp and scares the hell out of everything and everybody. We live in an era where power keeps creeping up to where it’s almost out of control and fun seems to be taken out of everything. Yet… supercars can still be fun and make you laugh like a child in a toy store. We said it before, during the test of the Aventador S: fun is a Lamborghini at full chat with a loud exhaust.
The Huracan Evo sure brings more excitement to the table of contemporary supercars. Its time is most likely ending as it has been out on the market since 2014 but still it manages to be at the forefront of modern high-performance vehicles. Also, think about this: how many other cars of its segment have a screaming engine? Audi R8 aside (obviously we shall say), we live in a world where all supercars are turbocharged. This, alongside the Aventador, can be among the last mass produced naturally aspirated cars available. Of course, Mr. Gordon Murray has taken a brave step and has equipped the T50 with a Cosworth V12, but to make a fair comparison we still have to be a bit down to Earth.
Still though, the Huracán Evo is a car which is a joy to drive, in any condition and it always offers a sound which will go down in history as one of the very best. The EVO offers the solutions found on the Performante and has better dynamics overall. The rear wheel steering, upgraded aerodynamics and that magnificent engine certainly will do the trick and will make you appreciate it even more. To give you an idea, let’s get some numbers here. The Evo churns out 640 hp at 8,000 rpm and 600 Nm of torque, and weighs 1,422 kg dry, managing a weight-to-power ratio of 2.22 kg/hp. 0-100 acceleration time is in the sub 3 seconds: it’s blisteringly fast and the crescendo of the engine is mesmerizing.
It is equipped with 4 wheel steering that works with the torque vectoring system, all managed by the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI) central processing unit. Here comes the good stuff: the Huracan Evo is equipped with an army of accelerators and gyroscopes placed near the centre of gravity that elaborate the inputs and translate them to the central brain that manages the whole car. This, equipped with the magnetorheological suspension translates into a car which is responsive and utterly fantastic to drive.
The Huracán EVO has a definite sense of occasion but it’s so capable that you’ll want to use it daily. There are a few drawbacks though, like the almost ear-shattering resonance of the exhaust when cruising on the highway in Sport and the seemingly lack of pockets to put your stuff. Besides… we can just live with these minor things as the excitement of driving this car always exceeds any logical thinking. It’s truly that awesome. So, how does it drive? Remember that we are in the moment of the year where driving fast cars is almost always down to the weather. Dry tarmac is a mirage and the sun goes to sleep fast, so we had to be quick to make this escape happen.
We found the right environment in the hills around Valdobbiadene, famous for the Prosecco Wines, and along the coast of Garda Lake, in an early December morning. Needless to say that the quiet and soothing atmosphere was interrupted abruptly but here we had the fun we were looking for.
The EVO drives pretty darn great. It’s no poser’s supercar, it’s a driver’s machine! You would expect that it would drive itself, but hell no. You still have a very analogical-feeling supercar but with distinctive and fantastic vehicle dynamics. You’ll be surprised but the front end is so precise and the car is so immediate that the first comparison you can think of is… the almighty Ferrari LaFerrari. There’s the superior sharpness, the instant acceleration and a chassis which responds brilliantly.
The car is softly but very intelligently sprung: soft enough to fly over the bumps but hard enough to control the inertia of the weight. It’s not super plush either, but it’s enough for you not to have your back demolished after a few miles.
The Huracán wants to be driven hard and the excellent dynamics put you in the best place possible under every circumstance to make the best decisions. Even when you expect it to lose traction under heavy acceleration in damp conditions you clearly feel that the car is straightening up and putting down as much power as it can. It feels rear wheel drive but under heavy cornering the whole electronics work their magic and you have a clear feedback from the car.
It’s true that we said that most exciting cars are analogical, but heck Lamborghini is on another level. The Aventador is clumsy, old school but exciting and ragged-edge, while the Huracán is the tool you want to drive on track. It’s easy to be excited for the STO, which we hope we’ll drive soon enough. The gearbox is perfect and almost does not give you a hint it’s changing gears: besides the small kick in the back, it’s smooth and incredibly comfortable. The way the Huracán changes gears and the way it accelerates will make you want 84 gears instead of the 7 it has.
So 100% Lambo perfection? Hell yeah! Thankfully it’s still a car that takes you by storm and leaves you laughing like a happy kid. In other words, it’s a Lambo, and we’ll hope it’ll stay the same for years to come.