2020 Lamborghini Huracán Evo review
Words by Nathan Irvine
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Life in the extremely fast lane.
At first I thought it was coincidence. The second time, I assumed it was someone trying to show off. But on the third occasion that a car came roaring alongside the Lamborghini Huracán Evo I realised that they were trying to goad me into a race.
It seems a pointless effort, obviously. With 610bhp that can propel it to 100km/h in 3.3 seconds any chances of beating the Huracán Evo in a straight line are remote.
But it wasn’t about beating it. It’s about watching the Lambo disappear into the distance while listening to the unmistakeable growl of the V10. Or at least that’s what I assumed.
Regardless, I was happy to oblige whenever this happened. Which turned out to be quite a lot.
640bhp at 8,000rpm
600Nm at 6,500rpm
7-speed dual clutch
It looks as futuristic inside the Huracán Evo as it does from the outside. The seats are as angular as the exterior but are extremely comfortable. In fact, there’s a soft embrace of soft leather and Alacantra every time you propel into warp-speed that makes you feel at one with the car.
As you’d expect in what is essentially a race car, there’s a lot of carbon fibre throughout, which not only keeps the car light and nimble, but also increase the sporty aesthetic. I also love the little red cage over the engine start button. You need to flip it up to be able to press it, which always makes turning the engine on a dangerous, yet exciting event.
Speaking of which, with space at a minimum inside the cockpit, the roaring V10 is pretty much on your shoulders. As such, it can get very loud, very quickly as the engine revs pile up. But brilliantly, the sound system adjusts accordingly, and I could still hear a podcast or a bit of AC/DC with clarity.
Elsewhere, the hi-def screen in the central console is a joy. It’s incredibly intuitive and at the swipe or tap of the screen you can quickly skip to the sat-nav, climate control and more. I’m a bit of tech-geek, so seeing how seamlessly well Apple CarPlay works in the Huracán Evo – the best example I’ve come across, in fact – made me grin a lot.
Lamborghinis have always looked sharp, but the lines on the Huracán Evo look like they could slice an apple in two. It looks like a geometry test paper on wheels – certainly one of the most aggressive looking cars on the road.
From whatever angle you look at it, the Huracán Evo is a stunner. But it’s from the front where the design flourishes really shine. Whether intentional or not, it looks like a python. A giant, lightening quick python slithering down the road.
Its super-low, too. If you’ve never slid into a Lamborghini before, you’ll be shocked by how close to the floor you sit. Whenever I approached a speed bump, my heart was in my mouth as I listened out for the tell-tale scraping sound from underneath the chassis. Thankfully, I came out of every encounter unscathed.
The Huracán Evo is the most fun I’ve had while driving a car, possibly ever. Its extremely tight handling at high speeds is very moreish and that acceleration is a white-knuckle event. Even that outrageously loud naturally aspirated V10 made me giddy whenever I heard it.
The tarmac gobbling action comes in three flavours: Strada, Sport and Corsa. Strada is the default mode that I drove in the most. Sport is for when you’re feeling a bit more daring and will make the engine even louder. And Corsa is a racetrack mode where driving aids are ditched and full power is unleashed.
Even in Strada, you can feel the potential of the vehicle. It’s desperate to go faster, and so was I. And although I only toyed with Sport and Corsa on occasion is was enough to go looking up track days online as soon as I handed the car back.
There was a downside, mind. It only happened a couple of times, but as I was driving along in automatic, the car would switch to manual. I hadn’t pressed anything but all of sudden the car was revving for its life as it was desperately trying to tell me to switch gears. It made me extra cautious after each incident but didn’t blunt my enjoyment of the Huracán Evo.
For a pure sports car, you won’t find much better than this. It’s fairly impractical to use on a day-to-day basis, but that’s not the point.
If you’ve got the means to afford a Lamborghini Huracán Evo, then you absolutely must unleash it on a track at the weekends. Otherwise it’s a waste of what is one of the very best supercars you can buy today. It's either that or resisting the urge to race down the highways every time somebody rolls up to challenge you.
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