2020 Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD review: Less power, more smiles

The Huracan is as eye-catching now because it’s ever been.

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It is humorous: Supercars are over-the-top rolling superlatives by their very definition, but the cheaper, slower, much less ostentatious variations are those that I have a tendency to love finest. I am completely completely happy to sacrifice outright quickness for a bit extra driver engagement. That is why supercars just like the Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD are my jam.


Table of Contents

  • 5.2-liter V10 is a complete delight
  • Razor-sharp steering
  • $52Okay cheaper than AWD model
  • Revised traction management permits for managed slides

Do not Like

  • Cabin is type of cramped
  • Infotainment tech wants work

That is RWD for rear-wheel drive; this Huracan has two fewer pushed wheels than the usual Evo coupe. Each Huracans use Lamborghini’s 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 (chef’s kiss), nevertheless it’s detuned barely for the RWD automobile, from 630 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque to 602 hp and 413 lb-ft. That is hardly a demerit; how might you presumably complain about solely having 602 hp? Apart from, the RWD coupe weighs 73 kilos lower than the AWD automobile, that means it has a weight-to-power ratio of 5.0:1, in contrast with the usual Evo’s 4.9:1. Until you are doing sizzling laps, I promise it is a wash.

In any case, with the RWD Evo, it is not about what you lose, it is about what you achieve. The recalibrated Dynamic Energy Steering system accounts for the lack of front-end energy, so there’s extra communication felt by means of the wheel. The Evo RWD has a redesigned nostril to provide extra downforce for higher high-speed stability, and the suspension is tweaked for higher management if you resolve to kick the rear finish out.

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Talking of which, the Efficiency Traction Management System — P-TCS in Lambo converse — truly encourages hooliganism when pushed in Sport mode. P-TCS loosens the reins on the rear wheels “for simple drifting enjoyable with out compromising security,” based on the Italians. And the traction management can truly measure the automobile’s angle of oversteer and restrict rear-wheel energy, making it simpler to carry managed drifts earlier than snapping the whole lot again in line. This positively is not one thing I would condone doing on a public street, natch, however for those who’ve obtained a observe at your disposal, effectively, smoke ’em for those who obtained ’em.

Even in its default Strada setting, the Evo’s efficiency leash is lots lengthy. This automobile is a riot — the entrance wheels by no means succumb to understeer and the rear finish solely steps out when requested to. You’ll be able to chuck the wheel laborious into turns and the Huracan simply hunkers down and goes. The RWD Evo won’t be as fast as its all-wheel-drive sibling, nevertheless it’s each bit as sharp.

The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is often lazy about shifting when left alone, however I am all about utilizing these large, metallic, column-mounted paddles. Plus, for those who’re controlling the shifts, you may let that 5.2-liter engine rev to excessive heaven and benefit from the candy, candy music of the turbo-free V10. Not like just about all present tunes, that is one soundtrack I am going to gladly play on repeat.

The rear-drive Huracan comes with 19-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires, with 245/35s up entrance and chonky 305/35s round again. You’ll be able to go for 20-inch wheels in order for you, and the metal brakes might be swapped out for carbon ceramics, however the inventory setup is basically fairly good. You’ll be able to spring for magnetic dampers (get it?), however my automobile has the fundamental metal setup and I haven’t got any complaints in regards to the daily-driving compliance. Not that you just’d daily-drive a Huracan, however I suppose it is comfy sufficient that you could possibly, although in that case, you’d positively need the $7,100 energy front-end carry as a result of with out it, you’ll scrape the nostril day by day.

Lamborghini made a bunch of enhancements to the Huracan’s inside when it launched the Evo in 2019, all of which carry over to the RWD. The brand new sport seats ($7,500) are as supportive as ever however will not stab you within the love handles, and the remainder of the cockpit is as spacecraft-looking because it’s ever been, from the metallic toggles alongside the middle console proper all the way down to the brilliant pink flap over the engine begin button.

The Evo comes normal with 19-inch wheels, and I am all about this blue-paint-with-orange-calipers shade scheme.

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The 8.4-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen continues to be a laggy chore to make use of, although the two-finger swipe is a straightforward method to deal with on-the-go quantity adjustment. Apple CarPlay is included and it is 100% the way in which to go, however for those who’re an Android consumer, effectively, womp womp. So far as different tech options are involved, keep in mind that it is a automobile the place even fundamental cruise management is an possibility. You need superior driver help options? Haha. That is humorous.

The 2020 Huracan Evo RWD begins at $214,366 together with a $2,100 fuel guzzler tax and $3,695 vacation spot cost, which makes it $52,000 cheaper than the AWD model. The vehicles look nearly equivalent — which is to say hella cool — however I desire the RWD’s cleaner entrance finish. And apart from, you may possibility a rear-drive automobile up with all the identical gear as the usual Huracan Evo. The automobile pictured right here? $276,016.

I might examine the Huracan Evo RWD to different megafast sports activities vehicles just like the Ferrari F8 Tributo, the McLaren 570S, the Porsche 911 Turbo S and even the Lambo’s company cousin, the Audi R8. However selecting which supercar to purchase is as a lot about model loyalty as something, and for those who’re the type of one who can exit and blow $200,000 on what is basically a toy, effectively, you may most likely afford multiple. Throughout the Huracan vary, at the least, I would for positive argue in favor of the rear-drive Evo. What it lacks in energy it greater than makes up for in uncooked, unabashed enjoyable. And actually, is not that why you purchase a supercar within the first place?

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