First drive: The resounding V1

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First drive: The resounding V10 Lamborghini Huracán EVO LP640-4

Here are the top five things you need to know about the Lamborghini Huracán EVO.

First drive: The resounding V1

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Getting behind the wheel of what is perhaps one of the last of the remaining naturally aspirated supercars, the Lamborghini Huracán EVO LP640-4, is an epic celebration.

Performante Power

Back in 2017, Lamborghini introduced a special version of the Huracán. It was known as the Performante, and it was responsible for much critical acclaim in motoring press headlines across the world. It had blipped the Nürburgring radar in a faster time than a few of the world’s most accomplished hypercars. Part of its searing pace was a more powerful version of a 5,2-litre V10, naturally aspirated mill in the Huracán LP610-4 — and that very same engine is now employed in the Huracán EVO.

Power figures of 470kW and 600Nm of torque produce stunning acceleration and top speed. 0 – 100km/h in 2,9-seconds or better. 0 – 200km/h in 9,0-seconds and on to a top speed of 325km/h.

Whilst this sort of power is not unheard of or class-leading compared to some of its direct competitors, the EVO serves up an emotive and unparallelled acceleration. It snaps through gear ratios with precision and intelligence, instantly responding to your right foot’s decisions.

Engine Noise? There’s nothing like it

Naturally aspirated, high-cylinder motors are every petrolhead’s joy. On this refreshed Huracán EVO, Lamborghini has fitted a new set of intake valves, titanium no-less and then a reworked exhaust system. The result is spectacular!

Mesmerisingly loud, it’s a sound that adds to the intensity and power of the drive. From the moment you lift the jet-fighter flip starter switch and fire up the engine, it comes to life in a raw and eager bark. As you climb through the revs, the sound builds to a crescendo, screaming into the 8,500rpm redline before a gear change sets you up for another dose of the tune. It’s intoxicating and addictive, replete with the barks and pops and crackles that come with this level of performance.

Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI) – What is that?

That is Italian for the computer processor that controls every aspect of the Huracán EVO’s dynamic behaviour.

The Huracán EVO has a multitude of smart systems and mechanics to keep you on the road and of course, to make you go around corners very quickly. Things like all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering, adaptive and active suspension and torque vectoring. These are just a few.

LDVI is responsible for gathering data from all these components and systems, and then using that data to deliver exceptional handling characteristics and safer driving. LDVI uses a number of sensors to measure longitudinal, lateral, vertical movements as well as yaw and pitch and then adapts the suspension, acceleration, power delivery, steering responsiveness, damping as needed to power you through the given conditions of the road or track you’re on.

It sounds quite complex because it is quite complex, but it doesn’t feel as if there’s this party of computers affecting the driving experience. In fact, it seems to be the other way around. The Lamborghini still feels very much alive and under your control, with brisk steering and throttle response as well as fantastic shift responses from that seven-speed transmission.

The Huracán EVO is equipped with three driving modes: STRADA | SPORT | CORSA.

These modes deliver different driving experiences. Strada is for cruising around town or a more leisurely drive. Sport sharpens everything, makes everything louder and edgier. Corsa is unadulterated track mode. It’s hardcore, racy and very loud. All of this is managed by the tech grouped into that Italian phrase above.

Comfort and Tech

Much is new as you strap into the low and angular seats. The cabin is indeed small, as it is in two-door supercars.

I am not tall in stature, I did find myself wondering how a taller person would fare. That aside, you’ll immediately notice a modernised interior. That entire central stack, previously a mix of buttons and rotary switches has been replaced with a portrait touchscreen. It’s an 8.4-inch capacitive screen with graphics and user experience in a futuristic, very Lamborghini design.

It takes some learning to make best use of the shortcuts, menu selection and functions. It’s from this new screen that one is able to set up phone connections, set climate control, media, seat adjustment and even the performance status that the LDVI makes available in real time as you drive. The Huracán EVO also has the option of a dual camera and telemetry system to record data and video should you be that serious a pilot.

The rest of the cabin continues in theme of hexagonal design and fighter-jet inspiration depicted in the switchgear, air vents and starter button and ANIMA driving mode controller on the steering. Fitting for the Huracan EVO, yes — it certainly is something you pilot rather than drive.

Despite the damping in STRADA mode, you sit low in the sports seat and ride very low to the ground which means you’ll pick up most of the bumps and undulations on the road just beneath. It is a bonafide supercar after all, and you’ll feel it through the hard ride.

Lamborghini Exterior Design – But Functional too

Compared to its predecessor, the EVO sports a new front and rear.

The front features more angles and panels as well as an integrated spoiler. They present a sharper front end where I thought the Huracán couldn’t get any sharper. But the reason is mainly for more air.

The underbody is also reshaped for improved aero performance. The side profile reveals new wheel designs. The rear has gained a significant restyling thanks to some influence from the Performante and the GT3 racing cars.

The rear of the Huracán EVO now features a ‘naked’ design with the titanium exhaust outlets emerging much higher on the rear. The mesh surrounding the tailpipes allow a glimpse into the rear exhaust layout leading into that V10 engine, the top of which is exposed through the see-through engine cover.

It’s a sight to behold, beautifully crafted and an ode to engineering and performance.

It’s a sight that others behold too — attracting gawks and all manner of expletives from fellow drivers and those fortunate enough to see one. Smartphones will rise to snap a picture as you drive, proving that the Huracán EVO does what all Lambos should — it evokes emotion and desire. It will leave you awestruck from the driver’s seat or from the perspective of an outsider watching (and hearing) it fly by.

Pricing for the All-Wheel Drive EVO starts from R5 500 000. Lamborghini also does the Huracán EVO in rear-wheel drive and pricing here starts from R4 500 000.