ROAD TEST: 2020 Lamborghini Huracán Evo

By Shari Prymak

Lamborghini has always been about outrageously styled over-the-top cars that deliver a heart-pounding driving experience. Although the range-topping Aventador is a perfect example of this, its raging bull antics make it a somewhat challenging car to live with on a regular basis. This is where the Huracán Evo comes in. Lamborghini’s entry-level supercar trades a bit of lunacy for sensibility, and that just might make it the perfect compromise in the raging bull stable. 

The fittingly-named Evo is the latest evolution of the Huracán family. The retuned naturally-aspirated V10 engine receives the same 640 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque rating as the outgoing Huracán Performante. The chassis technology includes rear-wheel steering, active torque vectoring, an updated all-wheel drive system, and the latest electronic chassis hardware (LDVI) controlling every aspect of the car’s dynamic behaviour. The result is a top-shelf supercar capable of mind-bending performance both on the road and track.

Naturally, the performance capability far exceeds what is acceptable on normal roads. The responses are so sharp they border on telepathic. The chassis inspires enormous confidence thanks to its outstanding body control and the immense grip of the sticky Pirelli tires. It’s just remarkably agile and involving in a way that few cars of this size or weight can manage. On the flip side, the Huracán Evo manages the less eventful everyday tasks with surprising competence. It is a reasonably easy car to live with thanks to tidy dimensions and decent outward visibility. The same MagneRide active dampers which make it a track star offer surprisingly smooth ride quality when driven in the street-friendly Strada mode.

When docility isn’t wanted, simply switch the mode from Strada to either Sport or the track-focused Corsa mode to unleash the full experience. A change of graphics in the digital instrument gauge and the loud bark of the active sport exhaust signify the excitement to come. With revs that climb to a spine-tingling 8500 rpm, Lamborghini’s V10 engine delivers a symphony of noise so intoxicating and surreal you nearly lose sight of how rapidly it launches you dizzying speeds. It is both a thrill and assault on the senses that no turbocharged rival could replicate.  The 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox fires through gear changes instantaneously with the flick of the large column-mounted paddles, mandatory in Corsa mode. 0-100 km/h comes in under 3 seconds with a top speed of more than 325 km/h.

Part of the Evo’s cosmetic updates includes revised aerodynamic elements which provide impressive down force at high speeds while also reducing drag. The Huracán’s design remains as striking and eye-catching as ever, although notably less wild-looking than the top-dog Aventador. It would be nice to see the iconic Lamborghini “scissor doors” for that added bit of theatre, but the regular doors certainly help reduce attention and make getting in and out far more graceful. The interior comes wrapped in luxurious, beautifully-finished leather and alcantara surfaces. The high resolution 8.4 inch touchscreen includes Apple CarPlay and finger-touch gesture controls which work well and help ease distraction on the move.

As a whole, the Huracán Evo is arguably the best supercar Lamborghini has ever made. Its near-perfect execution, however, doesn’t necessarily make it the best Lamborghini. A touch of lunacy and silliness are part of what give a Lamborghini its character and make it such an event. It is for this reason why the Aventador, specifically in its end of the line SVJ form, still comes out on top as the ultimate Lamborghini. Still, there is no shame in wanting a bit of civility to go with visceral thrills and world-class performance. If that’s more your cup of tea, then the Huracán Evo does it best.