High-tech Huracán retains the fun factor

Lamborghini Huracán Evo

Precision, agility and confidence-inspiring dynamics shine through in the new Lamborghini Huracán Evo. 

There has never, ever been a boring Lamborghini, says Top Gear. But the original Huracán was arguably “just too competent for its own good”. Thankfully, the new Huracán Evo is just “heaving with hot tech, yet somehow feels more organic”. Lamborghini claims the new model has seven times the aerodynamic efficiency of the outgoing car, thanks to a new front spoiler, diffuser and air curtain, new rear diffuser, cleaner underbody, repositioned exhaust – now with titanium intake valves – and ducktail spoiler. But focusing on that stuff is “missing the bigger picture”. The Evo represents “a philosophical step-change for the Italians” by introducing Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI), a central supercomputer.

Lamborghini Huracán Evo interiorLDVI works by controlling four key dynamic components of the chassis via an algorithm that takes just 20 milliseconds to process the data received before predicting how the driver requires the system to react, says Stuart Gallagher on Auto Express. The “Feed Forward Logic approach” learns your characteristics on steering input, gearshift patterns and braking, and the grip and traction available from the tyres. But as impressive as this sounds, what fights for your attention is the car’s 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine.

The previous standard Huracán was one-dimensional on the road, prioritising traction-biased understeer over front-end bite and feeling a little inert as a result, says James Taylor in Car magazine. The Evo is “far more nuanced, malleable and playful”. In the Bahrain circuit’s long, fast sweepers, its throttle response feels “as sharp as ever”, with no turbochargers to blur the precision of the arc drawn by your foot on the floor-hinged throttle pedal.

What really impresses, says Gallagher, is how the Huracán Evo delivers this new level of precision, agility and confidence-inspiring dynamics without removing any of the excitement, the driver still integral to getting the best from it. The Evo “delivers a visceral and exciting driving experience that makes the car’s performance more accessible than ever before”.

Price: £206,000. Engine: 5.2-litre, naturally aspirated V10. Power/torque: 640bhp/600Nm. Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch, all-wheel drive. 0-62mph: 2.9 seconds. Top Speed: 202mph. On sale: spring 2019.