Upon Audi ownership in the late 90s, the fate of Lamborghini took a radical turn with the Italian supercar maker finally realizing its full potential as a credible alternative to Ferrari. Of course with the Miura, Countach and the Diablo, Lamborghini did establish itself earlier but it needed the cash flows of a strong parent to take on its Italian arch rival.
One of the first cars under Audi ownership actually changed Lamborghini since it had all-wheel drive. And since then all Lamborghini’s have been launched with all-wheel drive.
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Yet today we are eulogizing about a Lamborghini which is RWD. That happened with the supercar market exploding. In order to fill a niche for a more driver-focused Lamborghini, the RWD version of the baby Lambo was born. The earlier Gallardo had it and also now the updated Huracan EVO has it.
The message is clear: this Huracan is meant for drivers. Which is slightly baffling at first as even the AWD Huracan EVO is a lovely machine. However, Lamborghini says that the RWD version brings in a bigger sense of thrill and is also the return of the “scary Italian supercar”.
So is the RWD Huracan special enough to justify its place amongst the great Italian bulls? Let’s cut to chase here and begin with the engine since it is what makes this car so special in the first place.
Get behind the wheel of a 610 HP V10
It’s a 610 hp V10 and it reminds you how sonorous a high revving 10 cylinder engine can be. It is one of the great power trains and one of the few cars in the world right now to have an engine of such configuration. As you might expect, it is mighty quick. Weighing just 1,389 kg, the Huracan EVO RWD can rocket to a top speed of 325 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds.
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Top speed shenanigans aside the RWD Huracan Evo also tries to engage the driver more. There is always something special about a supercar which sends its power solely to the rear wheels. Plus Lamborghini has also tuned its systems to be less intrusive and let the driver indulge in slides.
There is a new performance traction control system which delivers torque in a phased manner when the car is drifting or even being connected with the “ANIMA” button which is the drive mode selector.
Lamborghini Huracan Evo: Thrilling RWD version
The EVO RWD has a front/rear weight distribution of 40/60 while even the steering is tuned to offer more feedback. If it all becomes too much, there are carbon-ceramic brakes for that. The RWD element adds a layer to the driving experience and increases the level of engagement with the driver and the car.
Between the AWD and the RWD, we would go for the more thrilling one, which is the RWD version. After all, a drive in one of these is akin to a work out and you really are immersed in its V10 anger and soundtrack.
Also, needless to say we are also big fans of the styling of the Huracan and the RWD version has subtle changes here too. Up front there is a new front splitter and vertical fins within the larger air intakes while the rear bumper has a new diffuser while bathed in gloss black.
0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds
Inside, unlike Lamborghini’s of the past, there is a HMI touch screen with smart phone connectivity while the quality along with the visual drama is very impressive. It’s all cuts and shapes of interesting patterns while you gaze in wonder. Thanks to the Ad Personam program you can also further personalize your Huracan Evo RWD to a greater extent.
Do note you still need have an “athletic build” to get in and out of the car. And forget about any kind of storage capabilities.
A Lamborghini should thrill you and bring out the inner child in all of us. The stunning design of the Huracan EVO is just the start. The real deal is the V10 engine and the RWD driving experience which seals the deal for us. It is a more old-school alternative to the other more tech-focused supercars, but it’s an addictive concoction nevertheless.