Lamborghini unleashes Huracan Evo

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Words: Nile Bijoux
11 Jan 2019

Lamborghini has updated its entry-level Huracan complete with styling changes, new equipment and the reworked V10 from the Performante. And it’s now called the Huracan Evo.

It’s not all that easy to tell the Evo apart from the ‘old’ Huracan but there are new front bumpers encasing some aero-friendly blades, revised side air intakes and fresh wheel designs. Moving to the back, there are a few clearer changes, like the raised licence plate and exhaust tips, and a new spoiler. The diffuser stands out more thanks to a body colour finish.

Mention of new aero, Lamborghini says the Evo “improves downforce and aerodynamic efficiency more than five times over the first-generation Huracan”. That’s not bad going from a little ducktail spoiler and some new splitters up front.

But the real star of the show is the uprated V10 sitting behind the driver’s head. Titanium intake valves, a lighter exhaust system and other changes push the Evo's engine to 470kW at 8000rpm, and 600Nm of torque at 6500rpm. That translates into 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, and 200km/h in nine seconds flat. Top speed is a claimed 325km/h.

Controlling all that oomph is Lambo’s attractively-named Dinamica Veicolo Integrata or integrated vehicle dynamics processor. It actively hones everything from the all-wheel drive system and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to the rear-wheel steering, four-wheel torque vectoring, magneto-rheological suspension, and dynamic steering systems.

It apparently has “feed forward logic”, a smart piece of tech that uses all the onboard sensors to set those aforementioned systems up optimally to tackle what lies ahead, according to Lamborghini.

The Evo uses 20-inch wheels as standard, shod in Pirelli P Zero 245/30 tyres up front, and fat 305/30 rubber at the back. Hiding behind the wheels are carbon ceramic brakes, said to be capable of bringing the Evo to a halt from 100km/h in 31.9 metres. A dry weight of 1422kg surely helps.

Inside is a new 8.4-inch touchscreen controlling the infotainment system and in-car functions, which include Apple CarPlay and a dual-camera telemetry system.

Price? Lots. We don’t actually know yet but the pre-facelift Huracan started at $NZ390,000, in LP 580-2 guise, but expect a price hike when the Evo dots down.

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