ITALIAN exotic carmaker, Lamborghini, is on a roll, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. First, they’ve had success with the Lamborghini Urus Sports Utility vehicle, followed by record-breaking production figures – 7,000 units for the Aventadors and 9,000 units for the Huracán in 2017 (thedrive.com).
To put it all into perspective, it took 10 years for the company to build 14,000 Gallardos. Worldwide, the number of cars delivered, 3,815, also increased by 10 per cent over the previous year. “This is the seventh consecutive year of growth for the company, and Lamborghini expects 2018 to be even better.” (thedrive.com).
Whether it’s the success of its highly acclaimed SUV or the production figures, there are many reasons for the folks at the racing bull automaker to be excited about, including its latest debut, the Huracán EVO. The new Lamborghini Huracán Evo is also forcing its rivals to up its game.
As the moniker suggests, it’s an evolution from the Huracán Performante with impressive upgrades.
“Lamborghini is intent on leading the advance to the highest level of super sports car technologies and driving emotion. This is the essence of the new Huracán EVO. It takes the extraordinary abilities of the Huracán Performante and combines state-of-the-art vehicle dynamic control to amplify the everyday Huracán driving experience,” says Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini. “The Huracán EVO is the very definition of evolution: it is a step ahead, redefining the segment parameters. It is remarkably easy to drive while delivering the most responsive, sensory and agile driving experience, in every environment.”
The Huracán EVO inherited most of the attributes from the Performante including a 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated Lamborghini V10 engine, uprated to produce higher power output with titanium intake valves and a refined lightweight exhaust system. It registers an output of 640 hp (470 kW) at 8,000 rpm with 600 Nm of torque delivered at 6,500 rpm. For the record, it will also accelerate from 0-100 kmh in 2.9 seconds and from 0-200 km/h in 9.0 seconds, with a top speed of more than 325 kmh.
The Huracán EVO also features the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI), a sophisticated central processing unit that controls every aspect of the car’s dynamic behaviour. The intelligent system fully integrates all of the car’s dynamic systems, and sets up to anticipate the driver’s next move and needs to deliver the perfect driving dynamics. The Enhanced Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) is now coupled with rear-wheel steering in order to ensure agility at low speed, as well as maximum stability in high-speed cornering and under braking in the most severe conditions.
These advance systems, governed by Lamborghini’s LDVI, improves agility and responsiveness of the car with unparalleled level of control. With real-time data processing, the Huracán EVO recognizes the driver’s intentions through the steering wheel, brake and accelerator pedal inputs, engaged gear and the driving modes selected via ANIMA controller: STRADA, SPORT or CORSA.
The aerodynamics of the car are specially designed to enhance the driving dynamics of the Huracán EVO. The aesthetic of the new front bumper, now more assertive looking, is also meant to achieve better aerodynamic efficiency via the front splitter with an integrated wing. The enlarged air intakes takes after the Ypsilon shape that is inherent in Lamborghini design DNA.
One of the most obvious upgrades from Performante is the rear bumper with wide, open, naked rear seen in its race-car brother. The twin outlets of the new sports exhaust system are positioned high up in the car’s rear bumper. At the upper end of the tail an integrated, slotted spoiler which provides enhanced airflow, clearly asserting the car’s aerodynamic abilities.
The Huracán EVO now comes in Arancio Xanto, an iconic new Lamborghini four-layer colour with new 20-inch Aesir rims – dedicated to the EVO – which are complemented by Pirelli P Zero tires.
Inside the cabin, the newly added 8.4-inch capacitive touchscreen with the multi-finger gesture control feature conveniently controls the infotainment system and most in-car functions. An optional dual-camera telemetry system is also offered via the touchscreen, allowing advanced telemetry recording and analysis. An integrated high-capacity hard disk is also available.
The Apple CarPlay and smartphone integration with multimedia systems incorporates connected navigation and entertainment functions. These include web radio and video players also available in the new setup. The intuitive interface also offers voice commands and puts the driver in touch with Siri.
Inside, the Huracán EVO is a luxurious driver’s car. The interior features a dedicated new EVO trim in Alcantara and leather mix, with Arancio Dryope details matching the body tone. Lightweight materials such as Carbon Forged Composites and Lamborghini’s patented Carbon Skin are available on request and are highlighted by the new customizable ambient lights feature within the cabin.
The price of the new Lamborghini Huracán EVO and market delivery to Singapore has yet to be announced, but in the States, the car is selling at US$261,300 (approximately S$353,00o).