buying Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD: The Least-Expensive, Least-Powerful Lambo is the Most Fun to Drive

19:00  18 august  2020
19:00  18 august  2020 Source:   autoweek.com

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The last shall be first, sometimes even in supercars. The Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD has the least horsepower, the slowest 0-60 time, and the lowest sticker price, but it has something no other Lambo has had in a while: rear-wheel drive. That makes it, perhaps ironically, the most fun to drive.

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The all-wheel-drive versions of the Huracan get a full 631 hp and 442 lb ft of torque going to all four wheels, the better to exit corners with. And the mighty V12-powered Aventador SVJ sends a screaming 759 hp to all four wheels. Even the Urus SUV makes 641 hp.

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And yet, in these times of austerity, how much horsepower do you really need to be happy?

Turns out it’s 602. The 5.2-liter V10 sitting longitudinally behind the Huracan EVO RWD’s driver has been “detuned” to “only” 602 hp and 413 lb ft of torque. (Imagine having to get by with only 602 hp!) It still gets the seven-speed paddle-shifted DCT transmission and Lamborghini Dynamic Steering, and its Performance Traction Control System has been specifically tuned to allow more oversteer for “pure driving emotion.”

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It’s true that in an AWD Huracan, with the front wheels pulling and the rear wheels pushing, you could exit corners quicker and no doubt achieve faster lap times, but balancing the car with the throttle as you can do a little easier with RWD, makes driving more fun.

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I had a RWD Huracan for a week and took it on twisty mountain roads as often as I could. As with other recent Lamborghinis, I played around with the ANIMA, Adaptive Network Intelligent Management, the steering wheel-mounted switch that allows you to pick a profile for the shocks, steering, throttle response, shifting and exhaust. You have a choice of Strada (Street), Sport or Corsa (Track).

I found the differences between the three settings were about the same as they were on the AWD Huracans. On the way to a good road I left it in Strada, where it was surprisingly comfortable. I’d be happy to live with an Huracan - if I ever had to do so. It’s much more comfortable than a Countach, though I’ve never actually had to live with a Countach.

Once I hit the good roads, though, I’d switch between Sport and Corsa. Which one worked best was a question of how hard I was driving. If you liked the louder exhaust of the Sport mode, then Sport was it. But for really hammering on the Huracan as hard as you could hammer, you’d want Corsa, which cranked down the roll, stiffened the steering, increased shift speed and generally made the car perform at its best. Others have agreed.

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Last June our technical editor Robin Warner - a former racer himself - rode in an AWD Huracan EVO with professional driver Bryan Sellers, whose job is to pilot an EVO GT3 for Paul Miller Racing. Sellers made this observation between the driving modes: “I immediately noticed the increased roll stiffness in the car between sport and Corsa mode. In Corsa mode the car is much more responsive because of the increased stiffness ... sport mode has quick power delivery. But the Corsa mode feels more linear and progressive.”

I include that observation because, as I said, there didn’t feel like much difference in the drive modes between AWD and RWD Huracan EVOs, in my humble opinion, anyway. The differences came in the reaction to throttle inputs, especially under aggressive driving. Thanks to the P-TCS being programmed for fun, you really can slide that rear end around a little. Lamborghini notes that it is, “…delivering torque even during the phase where the car is realigning following drifting or side-slipping.” And who doesn’t like drifting and side-slip?

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But since I didn’t have a race track all to myself, the amount of actual drifting and side-slipping I was willing to try on public roads was somewhat limited. Ferrari’s new F8 Tributo has a similar drift system, which I got to try out at no less a place than Fiorano. There I slid that car a lot, and found the Ferrari system did, indeed, allow plenty of yaw exiting corners, and the degree and rate at which it interfered was so smooth that it felt like it was me who was keeping the car out of the Italian weeds.

The Lamborghini system, while it is to be commended, was not quite as smooth. Likewise, the steering on the Huracan, again while molto migliorata (very much improved) over anything that came before, wasn’t as communicative as the ones on the F8 or just about any McLaren product, all of which I have been lucky enough to drive recently.

And that lead me to wonder if Lamborghini drivers really want all that subtlety, balance and control, or if just a beautiful body and screaming acceleration are enough. So I asked a place that sells them, O’Gara Coach, one of Southern California’s biggest supercar dealers.

AW: Do your Lamborghini customers ask for and/or appreciate the difference between AWD and RWD in a supercar like the Huracan?

O’Gara’s Lamborghini expert Feng Li: Both AWD and RWD are equally popular among Lamborghini enthusiasts, as they provide different driving experiences. The AWD clients love the mechanical grip and brute force acceleration while the RWD clients prefer the feel and feedback needed for track days. During the buying process, we get to know our client’s needs and help them pick the driving experience best suited for them.

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AW: What is the typical buyer of a car like this looking for? Is it more straight-line performance or is it handling

Li: Buyers today are looking for a car that performs beyond their expectations. The Huracan EVO balances the LP610-4 AWD’s blistering straight line speed and the lighter LP580-2 RWD’s adept handling. In my opinion, it really is the best Huracan made as it delivers the most balanced performance of speed without sacrificing the handling.

AW: Would any of your customers take a car like this to the track?

Li: Many of our clients have [taken the Huracan Evo to the track]. The EVO is a sports car that provides the supercar experience without the supercar headaches. It’s far more forgiving because of the advanced handling and suspension technology that allows a driver to realize the Huracan EVO’s full potential, safely, on the track.

AW: What has been your biggest-selling Lamborghini? I assume the Urus is #1, but how about the car after that?

Li: While the Urus is a highly sought-after model, quantitatively, the Huracan is our best seller. The Urus will provide you with a similar sensation of speed and performance but there is no substitute for the dedicated performance driving experience of a Huracan EVO.

So I’d give the Huracan the Most Improved trophy. With these handling improvements it is miles ahead of any Gallardo ever made, and begins to approach the balance, feel and performance of competitors. But it’s not yet as perfectly tuned as the McLarens nor as comfortable and even-more-liveable as the Ferrari F8. At least not yet. But with these advancements the Lamborghini buyer can enjoy twisty roads as never before.

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